[r65] Rep. Koch Joins Indiana Lawmakers in Call to Feds: "No Gitmo Detainees in Indiana" (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. Eric  Koch (R-Bedford) 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. 

Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 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 housed within Guantánamo Bay are considered extreme threats to national security," said Rep. Koch. "It is my hope for the safety of Indiana residents and to avoid making Indiana a target of future terrorist attacks, that these dangerous prisoners will not be transferred to our state."

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.