KUSA – Republicans are leaping to condemn the idea of bringing terror detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the Supermax federal prison in Florence, after a defense news outlet suggested the Obama administration is again considering the idea.
It's not clear whether they're tilting at windmills or if the possibility is seriously being discussed.
Senator Cory Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton quickly blasted the potential for Gitmo detainees being brought to Colorado, following an anonymously-sourced report by Defense One.
Defense One reports the Pentagon is surveying sites across America to house the detainees should the Obama administration succeed in closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The report said Supermax was involved in earlier studies of potential sites.
In 2009, word that Supermax might be used to house terror detainees landed then Governor Bill Ritter in hot water, when his spokesman said the idea made sense.
Gardner reiterated a concern heard in 2009, that bringing terror suspects to Colorado would make the state a target.
"The Guantanamo facility houses some of the world's worst international terrorists, and it's critical that we keep them there," Gardner said in a written statement. "That this reckless and irresponsible idea is being considered at all by officials in the Obama Administration shows a careless disregard for the safety and security of Coloradans. I will do everything in my power to ensure it does not happen."
It's possible Gardner won't have to exert much power.
A spokesman for Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, said Department of Defense officials have no plans to scout prisons in Colorado.
Bennet spokesman Adam Bozzi said Obama administration officials haven't made the case to bring terror suspects to Colorado.
A spokeswoman for Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, reinforced that the feds haven't been talking to Colorado about a transfer.
"We have not been in communication with federal partners," spokeswoman Kathy Green said.
"[We'd] want to have a fuller understanding of the costs, risks and impacts for Colorado before embracing any proposal," Green said.
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