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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he's still concerned that the Obama administration plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba and move the detainees to the U.S. mainland, possibly even to Fort Leavenworth. Schmidt says housing the suspected terrorists in Leavenworth could present security issues for the local community outside the prison walls.

The attorney general released new documents on Thursday that he acquired from the U.S. Defense Department. And Schmidt says those documents raise concerns.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined counterparts in two other states Tuesday to ask president-elect Donald Trump to help them block detainee transfers from the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Schmidt and the attorneys-general from Colorado and South Carolina sent a letter to Trump asking him to work with President Obama on the issue. In the letter, they ask Trump to make sure the "outgoing administration will not seek to close Guantanamo or transfer any current detainees to our homeland."

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Criminal defense lawyers are expressing outrage that a private prison contractor in Leavenworth recorded their meetings with clients and turned some of the footage over to federal prosecutors. As Dan Margolies reports, a federal judge has ordered the contractor to immediately halt the recordings.

An investigation into the distribution of contraband at the Leavenworth Detention Center has morphed into an explosive case involving possible violations of attorney-client privilege on a massive scale.

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Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration will not use an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Closing the facility could have an impact on Kansas.

An executive order may have been President Obama’s best chance to close the facility during his remaining time in office. Congress has taken steps to block the transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland, so they seem unlikely to bargain with the president on the issue.

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The nomination of President Barack Obama's choice to serve as Army secretary remains blocked by a Kansas senator over administration efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to the U.S.

Eric Fanning, who has held several jobs in the Pentagon, would be the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service if confirmed. But Republican Sen. Pat Roberts placed a hold on the nomination last year and refused to relent on Thursday despite pleas from the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Fort Leavenworth will have a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a new $15.6 million-dollar battleground simulation training center.

Fort officials say next Wednesday's ceremony will begin construction of the Regional Simulation Center, which will house the hardware, software and technology that simulate battlefield activity.

The fort says that the center will train the staff and commanders of large units, a CORE or division to help improve communication, coordination and planning skills.

The U.S. Army says budget cuts could mean the loss of thousands of soldiers and employees at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.

However, fort officials say the report released Thursday is a worst-case scenario and the reductions aren’t likely to be as severe as predicted.

The report said Fort Riley could lose 16,000 soldiers and civilian employees, with another 3,600 jobs related to the base also eliminated. The fort currently has about 20,000 soldiers and civilian employees.

The Army says Fort Leavenworth could lose half of its 5,000 employees.

Bradley Manning Arrives At Leavenworth

Aug 23, 2013

Officials at Fort Leavenworth say Bradley Manning has arrived at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks to begin serving his 35-year prison term.

Manning had previously spent nearly two years at an adjacent prison while awaiting court-martial.

The soldier was sentenced Wednesday for sending classified government material to WikiLeaks.

Manning announced Thursday that he intends to live as a woman and go by the name Chelsea Manning. Manning asked the Army to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.