MONCKS CORNER — Berkeley County Council unanimously passed a resolution at Monday’s council meeting opposing the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the transfer of detainees to the Navy brig in Hanahan.
The gesture is largely symbolic, but County Supervisor Bill Peagler felt that it was important because “relocating the terrorists to the Consolidated Naval Brig Charleston in Berkeley County would place our people and our economy in great danger,”
The Obama administration is considering moving Gitmo detainees — suspected foreign fighters and terrorists — to Hanahan, Kansas and Colorado. The medium-security brig in Hanahan would need a major upgrade to meet the maximum security requirements.
The Hanahan brig has housed terrorist prisoners before, including Yaser Esam Hamdi, a U.S. citizen captured in Afghanistan; Jose Padilla, the “dirty bomber”; and Ali Saleh al-Marri, arrested in Illinois as an alleged al-Qaida associate.
About 90 detainees remain at the detention facilities at Guantanamo, which was opened after the 9/11 attacks.