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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. ____
By Representative Barton
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the President of the United States to obey the Constitution and abandon the threatened transfer of terrorist detainees to Fort Leavenworth.
WHEREAS, The President of the United States, Barrack Obama, has threatened to move the terrorist detainees currently held at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth without regard to the wishes or the safety of the people of Kansas; and
WHEREAS, The President has threatened to close the detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay; and
WHEREAS, The threat of the transfer has been underscored by visits to Fort Leavenworth by officials of his Administration, preparing for the threatened transfer; and
WHEREAS, Many detainees that have been released have continued to fight against this country and its allies; and
WHEREAS, This President and others have insisted that the mere existence of the detention facility at Guantanamo has inflamed terrorists around the world and aided in their recruitments; and
WHEREAS, Transferring the detainees to Fort Leavenworth will only transfer the ire of terrorists worldwide from Guantanamo to Fort Leavenworth; and
WHEREAS, This President has a demonstrated willingness to violate American law; and
WHEREAS, This President has said that he will go around the Congress to accomplish his agenda; and
WHEREAS, Closing the Naval Station at Guantanamo has been high on this President's agenda since before he was first elected; and
WHEREAS, The President has continually sought to weaken our standing in the world; and
WHEREAS, The terrorists have demonstrated an ability and willingness to conduct attacks in America, in furtherance of their savage war against America; and
WHEREAS, Detonating large bombs in civilian communities in the vicinity of Fort Leavenworth would be exactly the sort of demonstration that the terrorists would try; and
WHEREAS, Fort Leavenworth does not have the necessary facilities to hold and care for the detainees and would, for example, be forced to transport them through the city of Leavenworth to access medical care, thereby presenting additional soft, tempting targets for attacks; and
WHEREAS, The surrounding community does not have the law enforcement, emergency response resources or the physical capability to harden potential civilian targets in the surrounding area. Transferring detainees to Fort Leavenworth represents a predictable, direct and unnecessarily high risk to American citizens in the vicinity of Fort Leavenworth; and
WHEREAS, The Naval Station at Guantanamo is a high security facility designed to both house high risk detainees and be secure from attack by external forces. This facility has not been the object of an external terrorist attack and, if it had been attacked, it would not have represented a threat to American civilians or communities; and
WHEREAS, The intentional placement of detainees on American soil, physically within an American community, would unnecessarily and intentionally put American citizens at much greater risk. It follows that any move by the President or other umembers of the Federal, State or local government to move the detainees to Fort Leavenworth would mean intentionally and knowingly placing American citizens at greater risk, in violation of the government's sworn oath to support and defend them against enemies, foreign or domestic; and
WHEREAS, Officers from over one hundred countries attend classes at Fort Leavenworth; and
WHEREAS, Many of these officers would not bring their families nor be permitted by their countries to attend, if the detainees were transferred to Fort Leavenworth, thereby hurting the local economy; and
WHEREAS, These officers and their families represent an important bond and link among our nations. Their loss will not just affect the local economy, but would potentially have grave impacts on our future ability to effectively and successfully find peaceful solutions to international problems: Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas, the Senate concurring therein: That the Legislature of the State of Kansas urges the President of the United States to obey the Constitution of the United States and the laws of this country, the people of which have placed him in a position of great trust and responsibility and depend upon him to ensure that the laws be upheld and that their security be maintained; and
Be it further resolved: That the President must declare that the detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay will remain, and that the detainees will continue to be held there, until said detainees are given proper, lawful disposition, in accordance with the Laws of War and the best interests of the safety of the people of the United States and their allies; and Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State shall send enrolled copies of this resolution to President Obama, Vice President Biden and the Kansas congressional delegation.
Contact: Michael Byerly (Jenkins)
Caroline Taylor (Pompeo)
For Immediate Release
November 30, 2015
Jenkins, Pompeo To Hold Special Town Hall Meeting On Potential GTMO Detainee Transfer
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) and Mike Pompeo (KS-04) will be holding a special town hall meeting at the Leavenworth Heritage Center on Friday, December 11th, at 9am CT to discuss the President’s plan to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to a mainland United States site which could include Leavenworth, Kansas.
“The President’s proposed plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and possibly move extremely dangerous terrorists to the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth is a major concern for Kansans,” said Representatives Jenkins and Pompeo. “This town hall will give Kansans the opportunity to gather under one roof and voice their opinions regarding the President’s plan. It is important that we come together and give everyone who has a stake in the situation a chance to share their concerns.”
WHO: Representatives Lynn Jenkins and Mike Pompeo.
WHAT: Special Town Hall Meeting On President Obama’s Plan To Possibly Transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.
WHEN: Friday, December 11th at 9am CT.
WHERE: Leavenworth Heritage Center - 109 Delaware St. Leavenworth, KS 66048
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WHAT WILL MOVING THE GITMO TERRORISTS MEAN FOR THE U.S.?
In 2008 the President of the United States made a promise to close the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba that houses the terrorists captured after 9/11 and during the Middle East conflict. In 2009 President Obama made an attempt to move these terrorists onto American soil, specifically Leavenworth, Kansas. That move failed but, once again, we are faced with the possibility of having these terrorists placed on American soil and, once again, Leavenworth, Kansas is a top contender along with Colorado and South Carolina for the terrorists’ proposed relocation. What needs to be understood by every American is that it is illegal and unconstitutional for these terrorists to be placed on American soil.
Congress has been very clear concerning the movement of terrorists from Guantanamo to the United States. Starting with the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013 and the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, Congress has specifically prohibited funds from being used for the transfer or release of detainees into the United States or to assist in the transfer or release of detainees into the country.
Changes will take place within the state and community if this transfer occurs. Any place the terrorist detainees are brought will become a target. The culture within the community will change due to the increase in fear and anxiety among the people living there. Security will change among law enforcement as there would be a new level of threat and new types of threats with which to deal. The possibility of a demographic change within the community must be considered. Who might move to the area because of a terrorist presence?
The question that begs to be answered regarding President Obama’s insistence on bringing these terrorists into the United States is “Why”? Why purposefully and unnecessarily create this dangerous scenario within America’s borders? It has been said that another attack on America isn’t a matter of “if” but "when". Re-locating the GITMO detainees is not just a problem for Kansas, Colorado, and South Carolina. If these terrorists are brought onto American soil, we will have an American problem and the entire nation will have to face the consequence of this ill-conceived action.
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