Thursday, January 22, 2009

Where did you think the prisoners would go?

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius fully supports the plan to close the Guantanamo prison. But . . .

"Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that she opposes any effort to move about 250 suspected terrorists being housed at Guantanamo Bay to Kansas and calls the entire detainee process "a huge black eye" for the United States.

"We've got to discontinue the use of Guantanamo Bay," Sebelius said. ". . . I think it gives the world a real question about how America values our democratic principles. It seems to violate everything our Founding Fathers said in the first place."

Sebelius said that she supports the proposal by President-elect Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo prison and transfer those operations elsewhere. While she does not want the prisoners moved to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, she did not offer a possible alternative."

Governor, if you close Guantanamo, the detainees must either be (1) set free or (2) transferred to domestic military bases (with existing, secure military prison facilities). There's no other choice. And, Leavenworth is synonymous with "military prison". It's too late and too inappropriate to play the "not in my backyard" game.

No comments: