Gov't Eyes Kansas Prison for Gitmo Detainees

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The Obama administration is reportedly considering the transfer of inmates from Guantanamo Bay prison to a federal maximum security facility inside the U.S.

President Obama vowed to close Guantanamo Bay by the end of the year, but the administration has yet to decide where the prison's 229 detainees will be placed.
One possibility is a facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The prison would hold federal criminal trials and military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects.

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback held a press conference there, Monday, calling the possible move "a patently bad idea."  He says locals are not laying out the welcome mat.

"Congress has spoken that monies cannot be used to move the detainees unless you work with the local community and the local community wants to have the detainees there," Brownback said. "And this local community has spoken loud and clear, repeatedly: they don't want the detainees here."

Another potential destination for the detainees is a state maximum security prison in Standish, Mich.  In the past, Obama has said he's confident U.S. prisions can handle the terrorism suspects.

Still, analysts have criticized the administration's plans to relocate Gitmo detainees inside the U.S., pointing to the possibility that the men could escape or help radicalize other inmates. 

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Erick Stakelbeck

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