Did Barack do yet another secret agreement? Did he agree to vacate Guantanamo and not tell the American people?
Up to 10 U.S.
Department of Defense officers will visit Colorado in the next two
weeks to determine the suitability of transferring detainees from
Guantanamo Bay to prisons in Florence and Cañon City.
Department of Defense notified Congress today that it will undertake
additional site surveys within the next few weeks at Colorado State
Penitentiary II," said Cmdr. Gary Ross of the U.S. Navy, a Department of
The federal officers will be looking at a
medium-security prison in the federal complex in Florence and a vacant,
maximum-security state prison in Cañon City.
Officials did not say
how many Guantanamo detainees would be under consideration for transfer
to Colorado, but dozens remain at the U.S. base in Cuba.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., strongly objects to the plan to bring detainees to Colorado.
WATCH: Dept. of Defense considering two Colorado prisons to house Guantanamo Bay detainees and more
"I remain opposed to any plan to bring Guantanamo terrorists to
Colorado," Gardner said in a statement. "I call on the Obama
Administration to immediately halt any consideration of this
U.S. Sen. Bennet, D-Colo., also raised objections.
Department of Defense has no authority to transfer these prisoners or
make such modifications and they have made no case that it makes sense
to do so," Bennet said in a statement.
Gov. John Hickenlooper
said he wants to have a full understanding of the costs, risk and
impacts for Colorado. At present, there are no plans, nor is it legal
under federal law, to move detainees to the U.S., he said in a
One of the options is to house inmates at Colorado State Penitentiary II, or Centennial South Correctional Facility.
prison, completed in 2010, was mothballed in 2012 following a change
in policy that dramatically decreased the number of inmates held in
maximum-security state facilities.
"We have certainly been
looking for something to do with that empty prison," said Adrienne
Jacobson, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections. "We
continue to pay for it."
The prison, which has 948 single-bed cells, cost $208 million. Annual payments are $20 million, she said.
other option is to put Guantanamo Bay inmates at Federal Correctional
Institute Florence, which currently holds more than 1,000 inmates.
medium-security prison is in the same complex as Administrative Maximum
Penitentiary, often called the Alcatraz of the Rockies or Supermax,
which is the highest security prison in the federal prison system. It
houses terrorists including Zacarias Moussaoui, a 9/11 conspirator;
Faisal Shahzad, linked to the 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt; and
Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
said the team will assess potential locations for holding a limited
number of current Guantanamo detainees in the United States, and to
assess the costs associated with doing so.
Currently there are 114
detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay. Of those, 53 are earmarked for
transfer to other countries. Most of the remaining 61 have also been
approved for transfer to other countries, but arrangements have not been
made for their transfer, Ross said.
"We are in the process of
looking for a suitable country to send most of the detainees," Ross
said. "Ten of the detainees are facing criminal charges for alleged
A DoD team visited the Disciplinary Barracks at
Fort Leavenworth, Kan. in August, and the Naval Consolidated Brig in
Charleston, S.C. in September as part of the review, Ross said.
process to find a suitable location is complex and time consuming," he
said. "We want to complete the plan as soon as possible and propose a
plan for closing Guantanamo Bay."
The citizens of Colorado do not want them here yet the administration seems to want to shove them down our throats. The president with hos own agenda marches ahead in spite of what the people want. Consider the other implications, they will now be subject to the US court systems and possibly released in America.
Obama says, SCREW YOU AMERICA, I CAN DO WHAT I WANT AND YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.