2018 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt: Defense Department litigation on potential Guantanamo Bay relocation site comes to an end

Release Date: Oct 23, 2018

TOPEKA – (October 23, 2018) – The State’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) over federal planning to relocate terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. mainland has come to an end, Kansas Attorney General Derek announced today.

In December 2015, Schmidt filed a FOIA request for documents related to the Obama Administration’s planning to relocate terrorist detainees from the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S. mainland, possibly to Fort Leavenworth. When the documents were not forthcoming, Schmidt filed a federal lawsuit in July 2016, and a federal magistrate judge ordered the Defense Department to turn over the documents. That production of documents has been ongoing since September 2016.

In March 2017, the DOD released the sixth and final installment of records, but many of the records produced were mostly or entirely redacted. In August, as part of the end of the litigation, the DOD complied with an order of the District Court to produce less-redacted versions of several documents.

The parties dismissed the case last week.

The administration of President Donald Trump has indicated it does not intend to move detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. mainland.

The additional documents released in August to the attorney general and made public today, along with all documents previously released pursuant to court order, are available at http://bit.ly/2f7Ty8Z.

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