DENVER—This week, according to the Washington Examiner, Senate Democrats suggested they would support President Obama using executive force to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement on the possible transfer of GITMO detainees to prison facilities in Colorado:
“Coloradans do not want terrorists dropped off in our backyard so that politicians can place check marks on their bucket lists. This is an outrage and is exactly why so many Coloradans are fearful of their own government. Our lawless president has no right to play politics and endanger our safety by placing terrorists in our communities. Some of the detainees include the most dangerous of terrorists including mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Obama has even admitted that many of them are too dangerous to be transferred or released, and many of their own countries won’t take them back. We cannot open the door for terrorists to be afforded additional legal, immigration and constitutional rights and our elected representatives need to stand up for what is right.”
Earlier this week, a group of over 40 elected Colorado county sheriffs sent a letter to Senator Bennet, President Obama and other members of Colorado’s congressional delegation opposing the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Colorado.
The Defense Department’s plan to consider two Colorado prisons as possible destinations for Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees has been met with a firestorm of outrage. President Obama is facing backlash as he tries to “fulfill his promise of closing down the facility.”
Sen. Michael Bennet has switched his position following the political and constituent backlash toward the terrorist relocation plan. The fury is growing across Colorado and the Colorado Springs Gazette’s editorial board penned a piece slamming the transfer as well.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Bennet voted against an amendment in November 2013 that would have prohibited moving any detainee to the United States for one year. He also voted against similar amendments in 2012 and 2009, which would have blocked funding toward transferring prisoners at Gitmo.
In May 2009, he “voiced support for withholding funding used to transfer detainees to a Supermax prison in Colorado,” but voted “to table an amendment that November that would have done so.”
From the Washington Times:
“Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was more open-minded. His spokeswoman toldThe Associated Press that he ‘wants to have a full understanding of the costs, risk and impacts for Colorado.’