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Report: Obama Won’t Use Executive Order To Close GITMO

Joint Task Force Guantanamo, flickr Creative Commons
The detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration will not use an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Closing the facility could have an impact on Kansas.

An executive order may have been President Obama’s best chance to close the facility during his remaining time in office. Congress has taken steps to block the transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland, so they seem unlikely to bargain with the president on the issue.

This matters in Kansas because the prison at Fort Leavenworth is one possible destination for detainees. Kansas elected officials have said they don’t want detainees in in the state.

Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins hailed the report, saying it’s been “reckless and misguided” to consider closing GITMO. Obama says the controversial detention center is being used as a recruiting tool for terrorist groups.

Stephen Koranda is the managing editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public media as a reporter and editor.