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KANSAS SHOULD WELCOME “TERRORISTS”
Boston Tea Party of Kansas Says Send G’tmo Detainees
Lawrence, KS – 23 January 2009 – Today Boston Tea Party of Kansas chair Jim Davidson called on President Barack Obama’s commission to promptly resolve the fate of all Guantanamo detainees. “Please close the prison as promptly as possible. Feel free to send anyone to federal detention facilities in Kansas. We’re safer with due process of law than having star chamber courts and secret prisons.”
Davidson went on to say, “Kansans should welcome having criminals, including the worst terrorists, in federal prison in Kansas, if the alternative is to have no Bill of Rights. The rule of law means due process of law, and that means protecting the accused no matter how heinous the crime they are accused of. We cannot waver in our defense of liberty, ever.”
Many Guantanamo detainees cannot be deported to their countries of origin where they are not welcome, or where they were foreigners to begin with. One of the possible alternatives for detainees is the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth.
The shameful history of the prison at Guantanamo includes the Bush Administration refusing to charge prisoners with any crime, failing to adhere to international standards for treatment of prisoners of war including partisan combatants, torturing of prisoners, and other crimes against humanity. Transferring these people to Kansas would more likely afford them access to due process, including legal counsel, trial by jury, habeas corpus, and other essential liberties.
“Kansas should be proud of having no history of torturing suspects, nor denying due process of law. Kansans have never had difficulty convicting criminals when the evidence is beyond a reasonable doubt. There is no crime, and there is no criminal, for which we should abandon our liberties. These detainees have waited long enough to
have their uncertain situation resolved. To needlessly delay this resolution would itself be a crime,” Davidson concluded.
The Boston Tea Party is a libertarian political party founded in 2006. Its platform calls for a smaller government at all levels and on all issues. In October 2008 the party adopted in convention the national program of the Campaign for Liberty.