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Friday, June 22, 2007

Gitmo in Kansas? Ah, maybe not.

Reports that the Bush Administration might close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay appear to have been a bit premature.

Even if Gitmo is closed, it looks like Fort Leavenworth may not be the destination for remaining Gitmo prisoners after all. The Washington Post reports today, at the very bottom of a fascinating story on the politics of all of this:
The Pentagon did a contingency study on housing the detainees at military facilities in the United States last year and determined that the only detention center that could realistically house more than 200 detainees from Guantanamo in maximum security cells would be the Navy brig in Charleston, S.C., but that the brig and the surrounding base would need significant security enhancements.
An earlier AP story contained complaints from Rep. Nancy Boyda, who sounded none-to-pleased that Gitmo detainees might end up in Kansas.

1 comment:

GO ARMY said...

I think your conclusion is wrong. A few months ago the administration put $11 million into the budget so Leavenworth can buy some more land. There has been assessment teams combing through Leavenworth, just since Christmas 08. The House pulled out $50 million out of the budget to move GITMO to the states. Gates a few weeks ago just said in the press it would happen.