City Paper intern Sean McLaughlin gives a brief review of the press release battle among the states gubernatorial candidates over rumors that Charleston will house a few Guantanamo detainees.
Space was limited for the print edition, but I was able to chat briefly about the topic with David Mann, a political science professor at the College of Charleston.
The local Navy brig has housed suspected terrorists in the past and Mann notes that some candidates may be superimposing their own fears after one too many action flicks about prison break-outs and terrorists run amok.
“This is not a Steven Seagal movie,” he says. “They see it on TV, so they believe it can happen.”
The issue is likely to fall flat on the campaign trail, at least among Republicans, as several candidates have said they’d oppose the transfers.
“If they all agree, it’s not going to be an issue for them,” Mann says.
The bigger question is whether the public even cares. There are some cities in the nation that would welcome the additional jobs and business that would come from housing the lot of Guantanamo detainees.