Sen. Scott calls trip to Gitmo "fascinating experience"
WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC) - Senator Tim Scott (R - South Carolina) reiterated his stance on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba prisoners at a news conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday.
Senators Scott, Kelly Ayotte (R – New Hampshire), and Shelley Moore Capito (R – West Virginia) toured the detention center October 23.
The news conference also focused on efforts to ensure that the U.S. establishes a "commonsense detention and interrogation policy aimed at keeping
terrorists off the battlefield and gathering the intelligence needed to prevent future attacks."
Scott and the two other Senators remained firm on their stance that those prisoners should stay at Gitmo and not be moved elsewhere.
In September, a team from the U.S. Department of Defense visited the Hanahan Naval Brig as a site to possibly move those prisoners to.
Senator Scott met with members of the team during that tour.
Having gotten the opportunity to travel to Guantanamo Bay, Senator Scott said he's thankful of the work the military is doing there.
"With great respect, we were able to see that the quality of life of the inmates is really good, really good, and frankly, outstanding, especially if you compare it to the Federal Bureau of Prisons."
Senator Scott said bringing those prisoners elsewhere could pose a threat to American civilians.
"It was certainly a fascinating experience and opportunity for me to understand and appreciate why Guantanamo Bay is the only location on earth for these enemy combatants to stay. Frankly, when you think about the location of Gitmo, it is an isolated location, surrounded by water, mountains and a desert. So this is a location where you want the world's worst terrorists without any question."
Senator Scott went on to commend the actions of the men and women who work there, or rather, the lack of action when assaulted.
"Over 250 assaults have been made against the guards, not one, not one single retaliation. And the splashing episode, if you really understand and appreciate what splashing is, you understand how much character and restraint our guards really have."
Splashing is basically when you take a water bottle and fill it with urine, feces, and vomit. It's then used as projectile to "splash" guards as they're trying to provide assistance to inmates.
"This is deplorable," Senator Scott said. "And quite frankly, it is amazing. And it speaks. It is a major testament to our military, to their training, to their personal resolve to honor the county as they take care of these prisoners."
The Charleston Naval Brig is one of several disclosed and undisclosed locations being considered for transferring detainees by the Obama Administration.
In early August a similar assessment was conducted at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Both Governor Haley and Kansas Governor Sam Brownbank have threatened to sue the Obama administration if detainees are brought to either state.
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