Now they’re considering facilities in Kansas and South Carolina as replacements.
Officials Moving Gitmo to the States?
This fall, the Department of Defense is going to send plans to Congress that outline the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to facilities in the U.S., right near Fort Leavenworth and Fort Bragg.
Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Ash Carter, that said, “I will continue to be a vocal and staunch advocate against closing our current detainment facilities due to the high security risks and economic waste doing so would cost the American public.”
Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., also said, “Terrorists should not be living down the road from Fort Leavenworth - home to thousands of Army soldiers and their families, as well as military personnel from across the globe who study at the Intellectual Center of the Army.”
The DoD is facing strong opposition to its plan, but they’re bringing these ideas before Congress in September.
Lisa Monaco, a Homeland Security adviser, says moving Gitmo detainees stateside isn’t dangerous.
“That doesn't mean just unlocking the door and having someone go willy-nilly to another country. It means a painstaking establishment of security protocols that would govern the transfer of that individual,” said Monaco.
What Do You Think?
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