Kansans, Missourians, military experts, area chambers of commerce, the mayor of Leavenworth, the Mid-America Regional Council and Kansas legislators do not agree that Fort Leavenworth should be the next Gitmo (1/24, Opinion, “No ideal solution for Gitmo detainees”).
The reality of such a decision would insert these terrorists and their associates into our daily lives — in our airports, on our roads, in our hospitals.
They are not just low-ranking Taliban fighters. They include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
The Star doesn’t account for safety precautions needed to protect the public. The security required would have a chilling effect on the post, the town and the area. As we have explained to out-of-town media unfamiliar with Fort Leavenworth, there are homes within feet of the facility. There is a railway through the post. There is not even a fence around the perimeter.
The detention of these terrorists would attract worldwide attention. Many of their associates are willing to become human bombs in targets like schools, hospitals and churches. Obviously, this poses a great threat to all of us.
I question the wisdom of wishing this on any community, let alone your own.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts