Congressman Against Relocating Guantanamo Detainees in US

Yet another elected representative has joined the ranks of Senator Sam Brownback and Representative Nancy Boyda of Kansas, Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, and Congressman Henry Brown of South Carolina, and others, who are appalled at the idea of relocating Guantanamo detainees to their home districts.

Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn has stated emphatically that “There are some people here who are bent on destroying our way of life,” Lamborn said in a phone interview, with reporter Tom Roeder of the Colorado Springs Gazette. Lamborn made the remarks during a recent visit to the Guantanamo detention facility.

In summer 2007 the US Senate passed a non-binding resolution 94-3 (definitely bipartisan!) that stated that it was the sense of the Senate not to relocate detainees in the US. If the upcoming Obama administration decides to close the camp and relocate detainees to the US it could be the cause of a bitter intra-party fight.

Quoting Roeder’s article: “Lamborn fears they’ll set their sights on Florence and the prison where a number of convicted terrorists, including Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski and 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, are incarcerated.

‘I don’t want that happening under any circumstance,’ Lamborn said.”

If this potential move becomes a possibility expect severe resistance from Congress, local media, and the communities that might be affected.


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