Sanders Votes for Resolution to Keep Gitmo Terrorists Out of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders voted for a resolution passed by the House Thursday that asks President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to refrain from relocating Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees to Oklahoma prison facilities.

“I was in Washington, D.C. when the terrorists of 9/11 pulled off their cowardly attack on innocent civilians,” Sanders, R-Kingfisher, said. “I am appalled at the idea that terrorists with much of the same mentality as those 9/11 terrorists would be placed in an Oklahoma prison facility. There is no doubt in my mind that my constituents are not interested in having terrorists here in Oklahoma.”

House Resolution 1008, by state Rep. T.W. Shannon, requests that Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees not be transferred to any prison facility in Oklahoma and specifically mentions the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, the Fort Sill Regional Confinement Center and the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City. It cites a concern that Oklahoma by housing terrorist detainees could become a terrorist target in the future.

“Our men and women of the Armed Services have bravely stepped up to wage this War on Terror,” Sanders said. “I would not have them worry about their loved ones here at home.”

House Resolution 1008 was approved by an 81-12 vote. It now awaits a hearing in the Senate.

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