Pentagon considering moving Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Fort Leavenworth

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WASHINGTON — Defense Department personnel are taking another look at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Navy Brig in Charleston, South Carolina, in a renewed effort to evaluate a number of potential U.S. facilities where detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be transferred.

The Pentagon says a team was surveying the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth on Friday and will do a similar assessment at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston later this month.

Officials say the latest surveys come a week after a draft Pentagon plan to provide potential locations for the detainees was stymied when the administration said the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois was off the table. That draft plan had focused largely on Thomson and Charleston.

This isn’t the first time Fort Leavenworth has been part of a plan to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. In 2009, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback blocked a similar idea, and he says he will try to do it again.

“The citizens of Kansas do not support moving terrorists to the Heartland of America,” Gov. Brownback said.

Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, released a statement saying “Not on my watch will any terrorists be placed in Kansas.”

 

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