SC County Passes Resolution Against Housing Gitmo Detainees
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Berkeley County is on record opposing the housing of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
Local media outlets report that Berkeley County Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday opposing bringing detainees to the Consolidated Naval Brig in Hanahan.
Closing the Guantanamo prison is a top priority of the Obama administration. A Defense Department team has surveyed sites in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas as places to bring the detainees.
The Berkeley County resolution has no force of law. But County Supervisor Bill Peagler says passing it was important because bringing detainees to Hanahan would put people and the local economy in danger.
Gov. Nikki Haley and state Attorney General Alan Wilson are among other South Carolina leaders who also oppose bringing detainees to Hanahan, about 15 miles north of Charleston.