Conservative Trio Supports Transferring Gitmo Detainees To Illinois

posted by GeoT

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In a joint statement prepared by the Constitution Project, David Keene, founder of American Conservative Union, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and former representative and presidential candidate Bob Barr say moving suspected terrorists to the Thomson, Illinois prison facility, “makes good sense.” Taxpayers, they note, have already invested $145 million in the facility, which has been “little used.” And the surrounding community, they add, could benefit from increased employment once the prison becomes filled.

“The scaremongering about these issues should stop,” they add, noting that there is “absolutely no reason to fear that prisoners will escape or be released into their communities.”

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CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday tried to build support and counter criticism of a proposal to sell a prison in rural northwestern Illinois to the federal government to house Guantanamo Bay detainees and other inmates.

Both Quinn and Durbin said the possibility of selling the prison to the federal government was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create about 3,000 jobs, both at the prison and directly in surrounding communities in an area where unemployment has topped 10 percent.

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CHICAGO – The Obama administration may buy a near-empty prison in rural northwestern Illinois to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay along with federal inmates, a White House official said Saturday.

Thomson Correctional Center

The maximum-security Thomson Correctional Facility, about 150 miles west of Chicago, was one of several evaluated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and emerged as a leading option to house the detainees, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because a decision has not been made.

President Barack Obama wants detainees from the controversial military-run detention center in Cuba to be transferred to U.S. soil so they can be prosecuted for their suspected crimes.

It is unclear how many Guantanamo detainees — alleged terrorism suspects, many held without charges since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan — might be transferred to Illinois or when. Obama initially planned to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by Jan. 22, but the administration is no longer expected to meet that deadline.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has been hinting at a possible new use for Thomson, and he issued a statement saying he would hold a news conference Sunday to outline those plans.

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Although nothing has been finalized as yet and the administration is still considering its options. However, if the government decides to shift the detainees of the Guantanamo Bay in this maximum security prison then the federal bureau would have to purchase the prison and then later lease a part of the facility to the Department of Defense so that few inmates from Guantanamo can be kept there.On Monday, officials are scheduled to visit the correctional center to inspect its conditions so that a final decision can be taken soon. At the same time, it has also been emphasized by the government, that ultimately the decision would be undertaken depending on how people in the remote town react to the relocation of the inmates.

However, the fact that administration is planning to shift the detainees has been welcomed by the residents of Thomson, as it is likely that the new venture would create a large amount of job opportunities in the small town and in turn would significantly contribute to improving the economic situation of the town. The prison in Thomson was built in the year 2001 but large part of the prison was not operational due to financial constraints.

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7 responses to “Conservative Trio Supports Transferring Gitmo Detainees To Illinois

  1. if it’s a Maximum Security facility, why not put them there?

  2. there’s a prison in Illinois where the inmates are in their cells for 23 hours a day…is this the prison?

    I don’t see what the problem is…these folks would be in solitary confinement. I don’t buy that they are so ‘ scary’. They’re murderers, so the state says, and we house other murderers. Convict them, and send them to SuperMax facilities where they are isolated in solitary for the rest of their lives.

    • You got it rikyrah. This would be the best solution to a no win situation. The longer we perpetuate the limbo that is Gitmo the harder it will be to try and convict these people.

      More cleaning up of the Bush/Cheney mess.

  3. SouthernGirl2

    “The longer we perpetuate the limbo that is Gitmo the harder it will be to try and convict these people”.

    Exactly!

  4. audiegrl

    Geot

    I’ll make you a deal. I live in Illinois and feel secure speaking for the rest of the state.

    We agree to take the Gitmo prisoner’s into our state prisons, as long as some other state agrees to take the TeaBaggers…

    It would only be fair, every time I see them on TV, the first thing that comes to mind is NIMBY 😉

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