[r79] Rep. Lehman: No Gitmo Alumni Here (2/4/2009)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Start Date: 2/4/2009 All Day
End Date: 2/4/2009
(STATEHOUSE) - State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) joined other legislators Tuesday 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. 

"There was a good reason we did not bring these terrorists and suspected terrorists into the country in the first place, and I have not heard a good reason recently," Rep. Lehman said. "Granted, the inmates already in the Terre Haute prison are not the salt of the earth, but we certainly don't need to add to that population people who have vowed to destroy our way of life.

"I hope the federal government will pay attention to our resolution. We do not want those inmates in Indiana."

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.