State Attorney General Henry McMaster was in Charleston Monday to tour the possible future site for detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Obama ordered for the prison to be closed at the end of the year, sending those foreign terrorists to American soil. McMaster says Charleston is not the place.
“No. They ought to stay at Guantanamo Bay, that facility was set up for exactly this kind of thing. We’ve got brigs and prisons in the United States, but none of them are as hardened as Guantanamo Bay is, and all of them in the country are located next to some kind of civilian population somewhere, including the Navy Brig here in Charleston,” says McMaster.
McMaster says he wants to be proactive about the situation.
“To bring them anywhere in the country I think is a huge mistake. I hope the administration will change their mind on that. I hope our congressional delegation and like-minded members of the House and Senate will stop the president and the administration’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay, that’s where they ought to be,” says McMaster.
McMaster says the Navy Brig may be the best, in his opinion, but that doesn’t mean terrorists should live there.
“It would be virtually impossible to get somebody out of there, but that’s not always the terrorists go. They’ll destroy the whole neighborhood or all the soft targets, which are everywhere in the civilian area in order to make a point or in order to force the release of those terrorists,” says McMaster.
Although no guaranteed indication shows detainees moving to Charleston, McMaster says he wants to be sure there’s coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement officials if it happened.