DOD scouts Pendleton as site for Gitmo prisoners
Pentagon officials looking at possible relocation sites for Guantanamo detainees toured California’s Camp Pendleton brig on Dec. 11, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.
Republican congressman Duncan Hunter told the paper that Marine commanders told him about the Dec. 11 inspection. The freshman congressman, who served combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the Marine Corps in December 2007, has introduced a bill to bar the transfer of terrorism suspects from Guantanamo to San Diego County.
"To find out about the visit [to Camp Pendleton] from the Marine Corps and not the Department of Defense tells me they are being secretive," Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was quoted as saying.
Hunter opposes moving detainees to San Diego County on the grounds that it would make the region a bigger target for terrorists crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the paper noted.
The U.S. government is looking at potential relocation spots because Obama has signed an executive order to close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. He also set up a review board, led by the Pentagon and Justice Department, to scrutinize each detainee’s case, the Union-Tribune wrote.
Sites under consideration reportedly include Camp Pendleton and Miramar, as well as Fort Leavenworth in Kansas; the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, S.C.; the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City; and the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colo.