Gov. Nikki Haley will testify in front of Congress’ Homeland Security Committee on Thursday about the potential impact if terror detainees from the Guantanamo Bay holding site in Cuba are transferred to a Navy brig in the Charleston region .
Haley is part of a panel of speakers who will address state and local perspectives about what moving potentially dozens of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. mainland would mean.
President Obama is seeking to fulfill a campaign promise by closing the military prison, saying it is expensive to maintain and is used by Islamic The Navy’s Consolidated Brig in Hanahan is one of the suggested transfer sites that was surveyed by a Defense Department team earlier this year. South Carolina’s Republican-led congressional delegation opposes the transfer and Haley is allied with them.
According to the Post and Courier, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and who is a member of the committee, said Haley’s perspective as a sitting governor is important to be included in the debate.
South Carolina Republicans in Congress have repeatedly said they would fight the Obama Administration if it unilaterally moved to close the Gitmo site and move some of the 80 prisoners being housed there, to the brig. Lawmakers have questioned the cost of upgrading the brig and the public safety concerns of possibly making Charleston a target for terror attacks.