Archive for Thursday, June 18, 2009

Letters: No detainees here

June 18, 2009

To the editor:

I want to thank the more than 250 people who attended my town hall meeting in Leavenworth to share their concerns about the president’s decision to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In overwhelming numbers, we heard from area residents who do not support moving detainees to the heart of an American community like Leavenworth.

I share the concern I heard from many that locating the world’s most dangerous terrorists in our community would make this area a target for new acts of terrorism by those who wish to do us harm and who want a reason to further hurt Americans. Our schools, homes and businesses would be at risk given their close proximity to a detainee facility.

At the meeting, many residents signed a petition opposing the relocation of the terrorist detainees. It’s not too late to add your name. I have an online petition at my Web site at if you’d like to join the effort. I intend to deliver the petition, with the additional signatures I have collected online, along with a video recording of the town hall meeting, to the White House so President Obama can hear your concerns first hand.

I will continue to protect the security of Leavenworth and will block this effort at every opportunity.

Thank you for the honor and privilege to serve as your United States senator.

Pat Roberts

U.S. senator, Kansas


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