GITMO terrorist detainees headed to Colorado?
DENVER—Today, President Obama submitted a plan, which would cost up to $475 million, to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The president’s plan proposes moving the terrorist detainees to U.S. soil, including Florence and Canon City in Colorado. The plan to consider two Colorado prisons as possible destinations for Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees has been met with a firestorm of outrage in the past.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“Sen. Michael Bennet has flip-flopped on whether he wants to keep Coloradans safe and we cannot trust him until he takes a clear, unwavering position that protects us. Bennet voted for Iran to get a nuclear bomb, he’s voted for transferring terrorists to Colorado, he has voted against increased screening for refugees, and we’re not supposed to think something is really wrong going on here? Coloradans are suspicious of Sen. Bennet and they have every right to be.”
Sen. Michael Bennet has switched his position back and forth following the political and constituent backlash toward the terrorist relocation plan. Concern 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.”