Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Salazar opposes Gitmo plan


Republicans who oppose moving terror suspects from Guantanamo Bay to Colorado's Supermax prison now have a Democratic ally: Rep. John Salazar.

The Western Slope congressman says prisoners at the Cuba-based U.S. Naval detention center should not be sent to the maximum-security prison in Florence.

"I frankly think it seems more appropriate to send them to military facilities," Salazar said.

The Democrat echoed GOP fears about moving high-level terror suspects from Guantanamo, though Salazar stopped short of opposing President Barack Obama's plan to close Guantanamo.

"It is a key issue because some of them might be very harmful to American society," Salazar told the Pueblo Chieftain for Wednesday's editions. "One thing President Obama is trying to do is negotiate with other countries in an effort to move them, but we have to be careful who we let go and whether they can become threats again."

Salazar's concerns put him closer to Colorado Republicans, who have said moving detainees to Supermax is a dangerous
idea. . . .

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