[r49] Rep. Culver: No Gitmo Alumni Here (2/3/2009)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Start Date: 2/3/2009 All Day
End Date: 2/3/2009
(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 3, 2009 - State Rep. Wes Culver (R-Goshen) joined other legislators today in supporting a resolution urging President Barack Obama's administration to keep Guantanamo Bay's detainees out of Indiana's federal prison. 

The resolution was authored by Sen. Marlin Stutzman (R-Howe) in response to an executive order by President Obama ordering the Guantanamo Bay detention facility closed within a year.  This order has left many speculating that some of the 240 detainees might be sent to the federal prison in Terre Haute. 

"Detainees kept in Guantánamo Bay are considered to be the most dangerous people in the world," said Rep. Culver. "They do not work alone. There are many people with similar goals who will coordinate sophisticated efforts to assist with escape and do us harm, and in a big way, if they see possible." 

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Jimtown) and Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) will carry the House version of this resolution.

Facilities in South Carolina, Kansas, California and Colorado are possible locations for the reassignment of detainees.  Legislation has been drafted by U.S. House of Representatives that would block transfers to a prison just north of San Diego.  U.S. congressmen from South Carolina and Colorado have opposed the idea of bringing detainees to their states, as well.