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5 years 4 weeks ago, 6:41 PM

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The Navy brig in Charleston, S.C., is "very much in play" as an option to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees for military commission hearings in the U.S., multiple sources tell Fox News.

Some sources describe the Naval Consolidated Brig -- which has housed at least two enemy combatants since 9/11 -- as a leading option being considered by the task force reviewing the Guantanamo issue.

The two enemy combatants who were held in the Navy brig were eventually transferred to the federal court system. Ali al Marri was sentenced this week for being an Al Qaeda sleeper agent, and the other detainee, Jose Padilla, was sentenced in 2007 to more than 17 years in prison on terror charges.

Sources familiar with the review tell Fox News that Undersecretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Phil Carter was present during a site tour of the Navy brig, conducted in the late-September to early-October timeframe.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who supports closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay, said any plan must be thorough.

"Right now, I am not going to agree to have anybody sent from Gitmo for trial anywhere until we have a comprehensive plan," Graham told Fox News.

If military commission hearings go ahead in the U.S., sources tell Fox News that one scenario is that a "handful" of detainees who are already in the military courts at Guantanamo could be brought stateside as a "trial run" to test the system.

It is believed that a site near the Navy brig, possibly a National Guard site, would need to be refurbished as a venue for the military commissions.

A Defense Department spokeswoman did not deny the substance of the reports from Fox News about the Navy Brig or the site tour.

"The Department continues to evaluate facilities in the United States as part of its efforts to close the detention facility at GTMO in accordance with the president's executive order," said Major Tanya J. Bradsher, a Defense Department spokeswoman who handles Guantanamo issues.

A military spokesman for the Navy brig in Charleston referred all calls to the Department of Justice in Washington, where the interagency task force is reviewing all issues related to the closure of the Guantanamo detention camps.

The Department of Justice referred calls to the White House, which has not yet provided comment to Fox Ne

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:21 PM

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Why don't we just send them to Isreale and let them give them a trial. I'm positive they'll get a fair and speedy trial well at least speedy

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:32 PM

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OK with me

I know that many people in Congress don't want the Gitmo detainees put any place in the US (or maybe just not in their district or state). Personally I don't see why not. If it's a maximum security facility, wouldn't that be good enough to hold them? Anyone who disagrees, please give your reasons.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain).
5 years 4 weeks ago, 8:10 PM

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ecaman wrote:
I know that many people in Congress don't want the Gitmo detainees put any place in the US (or maybe just not in their district or state). Personally I don't see why not. If it's a maximum security facility, wouldn't that be good enough to hold them? Anyone who disagrees, please give your reasons.

The problem with putting them on American soil is then they get to have the same rights as a American citizen. They'll get free lawyers and when the CIA has to give the courts proof of how/who gave them the info on these guys they won't be able to give it to them because it would get our agents that are in deep cover compromised and killed. So then the judge will have to throw out the case and yippeeee the terrorist assholes will probably get to stay here on welfare and social security.

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5 years 3 weeks ago, 8:57 AM

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There's nothing I would like more than to add terrorists (that have killed Soldiers) to be getting free medical, housing, and food along with all the illegal aliens. Can you sense the sarcasm here! Is there anyone out there that has not seen this same "procedure" being used? This is all bullshit, I do not want these flea infested camel jockeys on American soil! Not even for execution.

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5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:48 PM

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Pretty interesting article attached...

5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:51 PM

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yah,a jail is a jail

if the goofy bastards get out of line kill 'em,if they escape kill'em.We have a couple terriorist in prison here and i don't think anybody is worried about them getting away too soon.
Our Governor, Tim Pawlenty,found out that one prison had ordered a dozen 50 inch flat screen TV's for their jail,well that didn't set right with him so he gave them to Veterans homes and other more deserving folk,he said he didn't like to micro manage but he had to draw the line at those TVs.He is also going to have a "chat" with the bleeding heart that ordered them.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
5 years 4 weeks ago, 7:53 PM

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yes sam

just havent looked at it yet,will do

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