Commentary: Bringing Guantanamo detainees to U.S. is necessary

The Rock Hill HeraldNovember 5, 2009 

South Carolina politicians are rallying to prevent the federal government from sending suspected terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to the U.S. Navy brig in Charleston.

Why? Well … because they're suspected terrorists.

"It is dangerous to bring these terrorists onto U.S. soil and make targets out of our own communities," said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. "Guantanamo Bay may cause the Obama administration heartburn, but shutting it down puts American lives in danger."

DeMint has sponsored a bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds to transfer detainees to the United States.

S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, a candidate for governor, has called for an immediate act of Congress to stop the transfer to South Carolina "or any other state on the American mainland."

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., another candidate for governor, is sending around a petition to fellow lawmakers objecting to the proposed transfer, saying it "endangers our state's citizens and makes them potential targets for some future terrorist attack."

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