Kansas Democrats protest Gitmo plan following GOP resolution

In this Nov. 21, 2013, file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, dawn arrives at the now closed Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate’s eight Democrats have sent a letter to President Barack Obama opposing moving terror suspects to Fort Leavenworth from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The letter Thursday to the Democratic president came two days after the Republican-dominated Legislature adopted a resolution decrying Obama’s push to close the Guantanamo detention center.

The GOP-sponsored resolution goes to Obama. It not only criticizes his plans but declares that he’s shown a willingness to violate American law and sought to lower the nation’s standing in the world.

Kansas officials and members of the state’s congressional delegation have promised to fight any effort to close Guantanamo and move its prisoners to Fort Leavenworth.

But state Senate Minority Leader and Topeka Democrat Anthony Hensley said the resolution contained “polarizing and uncivil rhetoric.”


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