Congress Fights Closing of Gitmo

Mar. 3 – Last week, some members of Congress expressed vehement opposition to Pres. Obama’s proposal to close Guantanamo Bay and relocate the detainees to various locations across the United States, including the Naval Consolidated Brig outside Charleston. Obama has been trying to close the detention center ever since he took office.

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Some of Guantanamo’s prisoners may be relocated very close to Charleston. (Image by Scott Harvin)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told press in New Hampshire that the next step of the fight is a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which Graham is a prominent member.

If Congress continues to fight the White House’s agenda, Pres. Obama may utilize the power of executive order in order to push the legislation through. He has done so 231 times throughout his presidency. The executive order is an implicit power granted to the president in Article II of the Constitution, which permits a “grant of executive power” to be employed by the President as the Commander in Chief of the United States.

However, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) has introduced legislation that would authorize a lawsuit against Obama in the event of an executive order. Although the legal battle still rages on in Washington, Sen. Graham assures South Carolina citizens that “not one [detainee] will go to Charleston, South Carolina.”

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Scott Harvin is a sophomore Communication major with a minor in International Studies in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, he is thrilled to be able to call the wonderful city of Charleston his new home, where he cannot wait to watch the next three years of his life unfold. Other than his academic career at the College, Scott is also a Resident Assistant in McAlister Residence Hall, a tour guide for Charleston 40, a member of the Student Ambassador Program and a News Contributor for CisternYard News. All of this can only mean two things: first, he knows pretty much anything anyone could ever want to know about the College and second, he never sleeps. Despite this, he still finds time to explore his passions for music, photography and adventure, collecting vinyl records while traveling the southeast with close companions to root out the best experiences, restaurants and events the world has to offer. He does all of this while pursuing his ultimate dream: becoming a journalist for a major news branch, preferably in New York, where he hopes to live out the American Dream. “You may call him a dreamer, but he’s not the only one.”

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