Officials Decry Idea Of Moving Detainees To Ft. Leavenworth

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several elected officials are weighing in to object to moving prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the outcry came after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter ordered a site survey at Fort Leavenworth as well as Charleston, S.C. Carter has said other sites will be assessed.

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth said housing prisoners in Fort Leavenworth would be an invitation for attacks in the vicinity. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said the move would require closing off public access to Sherman Airfield in Leavenworth and stopping nearby rail and barge traffic.

And Gov. Sam Brownback, who said he spoke with Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work on Thursday, said it would be wrong to send “these terrorists, who hate America, to the Heartland.”

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Now in his third year as News Director at KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake, Chad is a jack of not all, but many trades. He spent previous years of his working life in hotel management, event planning, security, the aviation industry, staff writing for a newspaper, and as a small business owner. He began doing play-by-play of high school sports for KDNS and KZDY in 2009 and came to work full time for the stations in July of 2015. He is the father of an eight year old daughter who enjoys spending his free time with her, his very significant other and her children. His favorite activities include attending live music and sporting events as well as being a singer/songwriter. A natural conversationalist, he also enjoys a good discussion/debate on a myriad of topics from current events and politics to sports and philosophy. He resides in Beloit with his daughter and continues to write sports and meeting stories for the local newspaper.