No Guantanamo Detainees for Kansas – Not in MY Backyard!

California’s Senator Diane Feinstein introduced a bill on Jan. 6 for closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo. She has been working this legislation for some months. Her bill would require “a legal, effective, and humane system of gathering intelligence and holding suspected terrorists.” It would close Guantanamo Bay and require detainees either to be charged and tried in this country, transferred to an international tribunal or another country or held “in accordance with the law of armed conflict.” The quote is taken from the Washington Post.

As readers of this space have noted, whenever such proposals are raised the key question is “where?” That is where friction begins, for it is always easier to talk up a proposal than to put it into practice.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius “opposes any effort to relocate some 250 suspected terrorists being housed at Guantanamo Bay to Kansas,” according to the Associated Press. While staunchly opposing Gitmo as a “black eye,” Sebelius is equally adamant about not bringing detainees to her state. She does not want the prisoners moved to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, on the short list for possible relocation.

Readers ought to expect similar reaction from any locality ultimately selected for relocation. Sebelius’ opinion carries weight with the Obama administration because of her active role in supporting his candidacy.


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