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Governors To Protest Guantanamo Bay Transfer

Associated Press - August 25, 2015 3:10 pm

Leavenworth Military Prison

The governors of South Carolina and Kansas are threatening to sue the Obama administration if detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are brought to military installations in either state.

In a letter Tuesday, Govs. Nikki Haley and Sam Brownback told Defense Secretary Ash Carter they are prepared to take “any action within our power” to stop the transfers.

Last week, Haley said Defense Department officials were “wasting their time” in evaluating the Naval Brig near Charleston as a potential site to house detainees. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is also being considered.

The closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been a top priority for President Barack Obama. But that effort has faced persistent hurdles, including staunch opposition from congressional Republicans and some Democrats.

Larry Elmquist

August 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

It’s not often, but I side with our govenor in this situation. Kansas has its hands full protecting the state from Brownback’s fiscal guru Arthur Laffer.

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