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People living near Navy brig concerned terror prisoners may be new neighbors

Guantanamo Bay (Photo Source: AP) Guantanamo Bay (Photo Source: AP)
HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) -

People living near the Navy brig in Hanahan are concerned some terror prisoners may soon become their new neighbors.

Department of Defense officials say the brig is one of two sites being considered to house terror detainees if the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is closed.

After 9/11 some of high profile terrorists were sent to the brig, including "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla and alleged al-Qaida member Ali Saleh al-Marri.

Jane Freeman lives less than a mile from the facility.

"These are criminals and I'm a retired teacher living here alone with my dog and things can happen, things do happen and these are the worst criminals," Freeman said.

"I'm not worried so much about the security, there it's just fine, but the implications of giving these people in the United States changes everything," resident David Campbell said.

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is also being considered.

DOD officials are planning to send a survey team to the brig in the next few weeks, but at a Thursday afternoon press conference, Gov. Nikki Haley said those evaluators would be wasting their time, claiming moving the detainees to any state would violate federal law.

On Wednesday, her predecessor, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, wrote a letter to the Defense Department opposing the possibility. He says he's concerned about moving detainees from a remote corner of Cuba to a prison near a school, homes and a port.

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