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Nothing decided about detainees, WH says

Aug. 3, 2009 at 4:43 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- No final decision has been made about possible sites to house some Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees in the United States, the White House said Monday.

"I don't know the degree to which they've gotten into specific siting," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said during a news briefing when asked whether Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was a site under consideration. "And certainly no final decisions of any sort have been made."

Citing unnamed administration sources, The Washington Post reported Sunday some detainees from the military prison could be transferred to a maximum-security facility.

Two members of Congress Monday denounced any possibility of moving the Guantanamo detainees north.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., ripped the administration for reportedly considering the Kansas prison.

"Enemy combatants should under no circumstances be housed at Fort Leavenworth," Brownback said in a release. "It makes no sense to spend millions and millions of dollars to build what we already have at Guantanamo. And it makes even less sense to try to force fit them at Fort Leavenworth, which is not well suited for this purpose."

The second facility the Post mentioned was a state maximum-security prison in Standish, Mich., that is scheduled to be closed.

"I hope that the press reports are inaccurate, but if they are correct the notion of transferring terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay to Michigan needs to end," Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., said in a release. "(Guantanamo Bay detainees) are some of the most dangerous people in the world who pose a major threat to U.S. national security. We need to ensure transparency in the process so that state and local officials have access to the same national security information about them as federal national security officials."

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