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.  

I refer to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA).  This statute recognizes the President’s power to wage war against al-Qaida and its associates, which was initially given to him in the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed shortly after 9/11.  The NDAA also authorizes the President to detain enemy combatants and bans him from transferring Guantanamo detainees to American soil.disciplinary_barracks.jpg

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.

The NDAA does not, however, ban the President from releasing detainees.  Section 1028 authorizes him to release them to foreign countries.  The problem is that most countries will not accept them.  And there is another problem.  Countries like Yemen, where a large number of terrorists are from, can’t guarantee that they will maintain control over these detainees as required by the law.

There is no plan or study that shows transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to South Carolina or any other domestic location will make America safer.  Any effort to remove them from the facility only allows a possibility of them returning to their previous lives as vicious terrorists who are ready, willing and able to kill innocent people in America and across the globe.  According to a March 2015 report by the Director of National Intelligence, 17 percent of released Guantanamo terrorists have been confirmed as reengaging in terrorist activity and another 10 percent are suspected of reengaging in terrorism.

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.



Working for You

Tony is working for you on the Insurance, Education, Veterans, Military and Homeland Security, and Energy and   Environment Legislative Committees. The committee sessions are open to the public and he invites you to attend and talk with him at the State House. Time, day and location are:


     Insurance - Day: Mon/Wed - Time: 3:30 pm - Room: 152-S 

     Education - Day: Daily - Time: 1:30 pm - Room: 112-N 

     Veterans, Military and Homeland Security - Day: Tue/Thu - Time: 9:00 am - Room: 152-S 

     Energy and Environment - Day: Mon/Wed - Time: 9:00 am - Room: 582-N 


Also, check out Tony's Legislative Updates by clicking on the tab at the top of this page.  Tony's State House website is found here -  http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/members/rep_barton_tony_1/



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