Brownback Introduces Detainee Bill

By: AP/13 News
By: AP/13 News

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Sen. Sam Brownback has introduced legislation to block the transfer of detainees housed at Guantanamo to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.

Brownback announced the filing Monday, days after he held a news conference at Fort Leavenworth stating his opposition to moving
some 250 detainees to Kansas.

His bill would prohibit the spending of any money to move the detainees. Brownback said such a move to Kansas would be ``unwise
and unsafe.''

“The Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth are not equipped to handle the transfer of Guantanamo detainees,” Brownback said in a statement. “If the holding facility at Guantanamo Bay is closed, a new facility should be built, designed specifically to handle detainees. For good reasons, federal law prohibits the co-mingling of military prisoners with a detainee population. Additionally, transferring detainees to Fort Leavenworth would disrupt the Fort’s primary mission as the intellectual center of the Army.”

The military prison houses close to 500 soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors who are sentenced to serve at least five years in prison. Brownback said a separate facility should be built to house detainees, not moving inmates at Fort Leavenworth.

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