Residents near Naval Brig don't want Gitmo prisoners in their backyard

Residents near Naval Brig don't want Gitmo prisoners in their backyard
Published: Feb. 23, 2016 at 8:57 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2016 at 9:03 PM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People who live near the Naval Consolidated Brig are concerned after learning the brig is one of 13 possible sites to house prisoners in the war on terror.

The brig is located on the Naval Weapons Station that borders Hanahan and Goose Creek.

President Obama on Tuesday reiterated his call to close down the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and move 30 to 60 detainees to American soil.

The news didn't sit well with folks whose houses are close to the brig.

"With the prisoners being here, we're shipping possible terrorists into our own backyard," Scott Mrowca said.

"I don't think we need any prisoners here, too close to home," resident Don Knight said.

President Obama said Tuesday taxpayers would benefit by the prisoners being moved to the U.S.

He said they would be under heavy guard and no threat to the public.

Still, people we spoke with say Gitmo should stay open.

"I'd rather keep it open, keep the bad guys away from civilians, especially my kids," Elijah Stillson said.

A man who owns a pub right outside the weapons station is concerned if suspected terrorists are held at the brig the base could become a target.

"It breeds the possibility bringing in terrorists which is not good for anybody. We don't need a bomb at the airbase, we don't need to be be attacked here," Ralph Hillburn said.

"Maybe you wouldn't think that a pre-emptive strike where their comrades are would be what they do, but that would be pretty close to home," resident Harold Brown said.

The push to move the terror suspects to the brig or other places on American soil is not a done deal.

Many in Congress, including Congressman Mark Sanford and Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham are fighting the president's proposal.

Copyright 2016 WCSC. All rights reserved.