Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says President Barack Obama should abandon efforts to move prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to U.S. soil.
Brownback told The Associated Press during an exclusive interview Friday that moving suspected terrorists will compromise American security. The White House is expected to release a report soon assessing potential sites for housing the prisoners that include Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The Republican governor said he believes surveying potential sites is illegal under federal law, violating language in defense spending measures against using federal dollars to assist in transferring detainees. Brownback said he’s asking the state attorney general’s office to consider a lawsuit.
The governor also said he believes moving detainees to Fort Leavenworth would harm the international reputation of the Army’s command college for military officers.