Archive for Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sen. Roberts still opposed to Gitmo relocation

August 5, 2009

On Monday, Sen. Pat Roberts condemned the notion of moving the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Ft. Leavenworth amid Obama Administration statements saying Ft. Leavenworth is under consideration not only to house the detainee, but also to be the site for the federal criminal trials and military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects.

The administration was looking for one site for the facility and either Ft. Leavenworth or a maximum-security prison in Standish, Mich., are the two options.

“Moving terrorists to the intellectual center of the Army at Ft. Leavenworth threatens the mission of the base and endangers the entire community,” Roberts said. “We have no way to secure the facility from the outside-in and have no control over what people these terrorists will attract to this community.

“I oppose any and all efforts to locate terrorists at Ft. Leavenworth. I have heard from the Ft. Leavenworth community, surrounding areas and Kansans from all corners of the state who are unequivocally opposed to housing these terrorists in Kansas.

“What more proof does this administration need that a new detention facility will not make housing terrorists more appealing to the international community? It will just make it less safe for Americans. Not in my backyard. Not in Kansas. I will shut down the Senate before I let that happen.”

Kansans can join the senator’s opposing to closing Guantanamo Bay and the transfer of detainees by visiting the senator’s Web site at http://roberts.senate.gov and clicking on the “Gitmo” button on the lower left side.

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