Report: Chesapeake facility on shortlist of places that could house detainees if Gitmo closes

Posted at 12:11 AM, Nov 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-30 00:11:45-05

Terrorists near Ralph Fisher’s front yard; the Navy vet doesn't like the thought of it.

"I don't want them to come to U.S. soil. I don't want them to be here," says Fisher.

Today, Senator Dianne Feinstein from California released a report that puts the Naval Consolidated brig in Chesapeake on a shortlist of places that could house Guantanamo Bay detainees.

That's if the Cuban facility closes.

But there are a lot of hoops to jump through before any suspected terrorist calls Chesapeake home.

"I just think that the military ought to handle those people on their own without intervention from civilian courts," says Fisher.

Guantanamo Bay has been run by the U.S. in its counterterrorism efforts for ten years.

It's illegal for any prisoners to be transported stateside.

So the law will have to change before any of them make their way to Hampton Roads.

"I'm 28 years Navy myself, so you know I have to show some faith in that they're going to be taken care of and also be secure," says Fisher.

The facility is in a remote part of Chesapeake, not far from the state line.

In the report listed by Senator Feinstein, it is only at 20 percent capacity, with more than 300 spots open.

"I've seen the facility and it's pretty secure. It looks brand new, state of the art and I don't know how many people they're bringing over, but I'm sure they have the facilities for it," says Fisher.

A spokesperson from Randy Forbes’ office says the Congressman is against the detainees coming to Virginia.

There are more than 100 facilities nationwide that could house them in the event Guantanamo closes, but the one in Chesapeake is one of only six that is run by the Department of Defense.