House passes resolution to keep Gitmo terrorists out of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City_Press Release_A resolution asking President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to refrain from relocating Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees to Oklahoma prison facilities was approved by the House Thursday.

House Resolution 1008, authored by state Reps. T.W. Shannon, Mike Reynolds and Fred Jordan, 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.

"Oklahomans have no interest in housing the men who were involved in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 or other terrorist activities," Shannon, R-Lawton, said. "This resolution will ensure that the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama are both aware that we do not want them in our backyard."

Shannon said he decided to file the resolution after hearing that Fort Sill, which lies on the northern boundary of his district, was mentioned as a possible point for relocation.

"I'm looking out for the safety of Oklahoma," Shannon said. "Any representative that does not already realize the dangers involved will surely get calls on the issue."

House Speaker Chris Benge praised the House for supporting the resolution.

"The safety and security of the citizens of Oklahoma is one of the utmost responsibilities of government," said Benge, R-Tulsa. "I want to salute our congressional delegation for standing together against the relocation of these terrorists to Oklahoma and am glad House members agreed with their opinion that housing terrorists within our domestic borders is bad public policy."