Republican lawmakers from South Carolina are wetting their pants over the idea that prisoners currently held at Guantanamo Bay might be transferred to the Navy brig at Charleston, SC.
Rep. Henry Brown, a Republican whose 1st Congressional District includes the Consolidated Naval Brig, introduced a bill Wednesday that would block the use of federal funds to move Guantánamo detainees to Charleston.Seems to me that if there's any place in the US that would be ready to handle a terrorist threat, it just might be a Naval base that includes the Consolidated Naval Brig. Now I know President-elect Obama is all about reaching across the aisle, but my attitude would probably be more along the lines of "tell me again why I should do you any special favors," assuming, of course, that I wasn't openly mocking them for being so scared.
"Bringing these extremely dangerous war criminals, deemed too high of a threat to be sent home, would add an unnecessary terrorist threat to our community," Brown said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican who played a leading role in establishing military commissions at Guantánamo, also opposes holding any or all of its 250 remaining detainees in the Charleston brig.
"It doesn't make sense to hold them in an urban center like Charleston," Graham said. "We should recognize that where they are detained will automatically become a terrorist target."