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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