American Rights for Gitmo Detainees? No Way, Says Colorado Congressman.

May 28 2009, 10:31 AM

President Barack Obama miscalculated, writes The Associated Press, when it comes to finding Democratic support for his plans to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which holds alleged terrorists, and move them to U.S. soil--Supermax facilities, like the one in Florence. Colorado's two Democratic senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, for instance, don't like the idea (via 5280). Now Republicans are using Democratic unease in their pleas that the controversial Gitmo, which houses about 240 suspects, remain open. Congressman Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, tells Fox News that he's opposed to bringing the detainees to any Supermax facility because the detainees would "gain U.S. constitutional rights, which really complicates being able to convict them in a federal court because we will have to compromise intelligence sources." Others in Colorado, including this Boulder Daily Camera editorial, however, argue that closing Gitmo is the right thing to do. There are practical issues that go along with that, The Denver Post noted last week, including that the Florence prison is chock full o'crooks and has just one bed to offer.