Kansas governor schedules town hall meeting on Guantanamo

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback plans to hold a town hall meeting next week to discuss concerns about the potential transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth.

Brownback’s office announced that the meeting would be 4 p.m. next Thursday at the Riverfront Community Center. The Republican governor is a vocal opponent of any effort to move prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the Kansas post’s prison.

The Pentagon has confirmed that a team surveyed Fort Leavenworth’s prison last week and planned a similar assessment later this month of the U.S. Navy’s bring in Charleston, South Carolina.

Closing Guantanamo’s detention center is a top priority for President Barack Obama, but Brownback and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are threatening to sue if its prisoners are moved to their states.

 

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