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Records Request Regarding Guantanamo Bay Reveals Little Information

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Documents provided to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have revealed very little about the Obama administration's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Schmidt said in a release that the documents that he had requested by way of the Freedom of Information Act were entirely redacted. All 345 pages were empty, with the exception of the words "Plan for closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention facility" and the word "confidential."

Schmidt had asked for the documents because of the possibility that Fort Leavenworth in Kansas was a destination for the prisoners held at GITMO, some of whom are believed to have ties to to terrorist activities.

In response to the FOIA request, the Department of Defense cited exceptions, such as information that may relate to national security.

Schmidt and the attorneys general of Colorado and South Carolina have written to President-elect Donald Trump and asked him to take steps to prevent any efforts to close Guantanamo in the waning days of the current presidential administration.


Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

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