U.S. Defense Department surveying Charleston Navy Brig as new home for GITMO detainees

AP photo of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Pentagon officials were in South Carolina Wednesday to see if a Naval Brig near Charleston would be suitable to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A Congressional official with knowledge of the issue said Defense Department officials began notifying the state’s delegation Tuesday that they would be in the state Wednesday.

The official was not authorized to discuss the visit publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A similar assessment was conducted earlier this month at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Governor Nikki Haley and Kansas Governor. Sam Brownback have threatened to sue the Obama administration if detainees are brought to either state.

Closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been a priority for President Barack Obama. The effort has faced hurdles, including staunch opposition in both parties.

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