“Supermax” in Illinois to house Gitmo prisoners

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U.S. to buy state prison in Thomson, Ill.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has directed the federal government to buy the near-empty state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., to house federal inmates and up to 100 detainees from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said late Monday.
The official announcement is planned for Tuesday and follows weeks of consideration of the Thomson Correctional Center as a site for Guantanamo detainees.
The decision is part of a complicated plan for shutting down the controversial Guantanamo detention center, a lightning rod for anti-American sentiment around the world as a result of what critics say were detainee abuses there during the Bush administration.

Administration officials as well as Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn will make the official announcement on Tuesday at the White House. source:

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Gitmo detainees will not be freed in US after prison
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says Guantanamo Bay detainees brought into this country for trial will not be in the U.S. to stay.

Napolitano says a detainee tried in this country would be treated for immigration purposes as though he is at a U.S. border trying to get in – and he won’t get in whether he’s convicted, acquitted or completed a prison sentence.

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7 responses to ““Supermax” in Illinois to house Gitmo prisoners

  1. thelcster

    i’ve been watching this story for a while now. I for one am very pro opening new prisons in illinois but this one leaves a bad taste in your mouth….

  2. it was built. might as well use it.

  3. thelcster

    i am all for prisons in my back yard! haha they bring jobs and great revenue for small towns. I was keeping an eye on the thompsonville supermax because they needed mental health professionals. i consider prisons currently not in use to be new prisons once they move people into them. i have issues moving gitmo people there without offering them more rights. i hope like hell they do as they say they will but we shall see….

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