Republican Senator from Kansas and presidential candidate Sam Brownback is fearful of bringing the terrorists being held in Guantanamo to Kansas.
"Americans do not want terrorists in their backyard, and we do not need them in Kansas," said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, a GOP presidential contender. "Local residents have expressed concern about this mission, and the Department of Defense has not fully considered the preparations necessary to transition this mission to Fort Leavenworth."
Brownback added, "Given the investment we have made in a secure facility at Guantanamo, far away from U.S. residents, the administration needs to make a much more compelling case that a detainee transfer is a justifiable use of resources, that it can be completed safely, and that it can be done without significant impact on local communities."
I live less than one mile from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California which has been rumored as a possible location for holding the Gitmo detainees. I would be more than happy to have them transferred here. I trust the Marines and have total confidence that they would be able to keep the terrorists locked up on the base. Nor do I think it likely that Al Qaeda would try to attack the base to stage a mass jail break.
In all due fairness to Brownback, Kansas Democrat Nancy Boyda has also been quivering and shaking at the idea of housing the Gitmo detainees in her backyard.
I think they are both off base. The American people aren't transfixed with fear about the Gitmo detainees. I believe the people trust the military to keep them under lock and key. The issue of transferring these detainees to facilities here in the US should not be used as an excuse to keep Guantanamo open a single day longer. We can hold these prisoners here without risking the safety and security of our people. We are America after all. We can do this.
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