Skip to comments.Some Guantanamo Detainees to Move to Illinois Prison
Posted on 12/16/2009 4:54:38 AM PST by Cindy
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Some Guantanamo Detainees to Move to Illinois Prison
By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2009 President Barack Obamas administration plans to transfer a limited number of detainees held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in rural western Illinois, senior administration officials said here today.
The federal government plans to acquire Thomson Correctional Center, a 10-year-old maximum security prison in Thomson, Ill., a farming community about 150 miles west of Chicago, officials said in a background briefing.
The administration would need to work with Congress to amend the law related to the pending transfer and to seek necessary funding, officials said.
Some of the detainees affected by the transfer will be tried under the military commission process at the prison. Five detainees held at Guantanamo, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, are slated to be transferred to New York for trial in a civilian court.
Obama announced shortly after taking office that he would close the Guantanamo facility, citing its use as a terrorist recruiting tool.
Upgrades to Thomson, a maximum-security prison currently underused due to Illinois state budget woes, will include additional perimeter security, officials said.
More than 200 detainees are being housed at the Guantanamo facility, which was opened shortly after the start of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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Home Briefing Room Presidential Actions Presidential Memoranda
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For Immediate Release December 15, 2009
Presidential Memorandum—Closure of Dentention Facilities at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
SUBJECT: Directing Certain Actions with Respect to Acquisition and Use of Thomson Correctional Center to Facilitate Closure of Detention Facilities at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
By the authority vested in me as President and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40, 115 Stat. 224), and in order to facilitate the closure of detention facilities at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, I hereby direct that the following actions be taken as expeditiously as possible with respect to the facility known as the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) in Thomson, Illinois:
1. The Attorney General shall acquire and activate the TCC as a United States Penitentiary, which the Attorney General has determined would reduce the Bureau of Prisons’ shortage of high security, maximum custody cell space and could be used for other appropriate inmate or detainee management purposes. The Attorney General shall also provide to the Department of Defense a sufficient portion of the TCC to serve as a detention facility to be operated by the Department of Defense in order to accommodate the relocation of detainees by the Secretary of Defense in accordance with paragraph 2 of this memorandum.
2. The Secretary of Defense, working in consultation with the Attorney General, shall prepare the TCC for secure housing of detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base who have been or will be designated for relocation, and shall relocate such detainees to the TCC, consistent with laws related to Guantanamo detainees and the findings in, and interagency Review established by, Executive Order 13492 of January 22, 2009.
This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
The Secretary of Defense is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
Will it play in Peoria?
ON THE INTERNET:
OFF THREAD TOPIC:
“Of 30 homegrown terror plots since 9/11, ten surfaced in 2009 alone”
(FOX NEWS.com, December 14, 2009)
SNIPPET: “That puts “the level of activity in 2009 much higher than that of previous years,” Rand Senior Adviser Brian Jenkins told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last month.
“There’s definitely a rise in jihad recruits and volunteers in the United States, whether they’re concerning plots here in the U.S. or whether they involve material support to terror plots overseas,” says counterterrorism analyst Steve Emerson, author of “American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us.”
Danny Coulson, former deputy assistant director of the FBI, agrees.
“I ran the entire terrorism program for the FBI for a period of time, and just from what you see in the newspaper there have been more American Islamic extremists terrorists arrested than years in the past,” Coulson told FoxNews.com.
A major concern, Coulson says, is that the majority of the suspects in the 2009 cases have no direct links to major terror organizations.
“They’re just homegrown terrorists who sympathize with the same Islamic extremist philosophy, and although they’re not connected by order or by organization, they’re connected by philosophy and religion,” he said....”
Posted by Robert on December 15, 2009 10:01 AM
And what is with this empty prison? I thought one of our problems in this country was we were running out of space to lock up criminals? This prison was unused for how long?
I bet other legal right Obama is giving them. They will miss the weather of Gitmo.
Remember when “chicago Style” ment “deep dish pizza” ?
That prison in Thompson will be full soon enough.
All the politics and policy issues put aside, this is just classic stoopid.
Good luck maintaining airway security between Illiniois and Manhattan. The territorial boundry provided a security gauntlet. One which is already paid for, monitored, and highly effective.
The Justice Department's fleet of executive jets is going to be a regular airline service to Chicago. Each time, airspace is going to be shut down.
What a bunch of morons. But hey, justice employees who are pilots will be logging some serious Falcon, Citation III, Gulfstream, and Lear Jet time at taxpayer expense!
Once this facility is open and they need more job growth, it's going to be where they send all the "homegrown" terrorists. Like anyone who disagrees with the current administration or outwardly expresses their disdain for abusive expansion of city, County, State, and federal goverment.
Oh my gawd, doesn't anyone recognize this? It's going to be an American Auschwitz. Instead of guards though, it will be filled with mostly social workers employed by state and federal governments to re-educate it's bad machines.
This is a very, very bad thing and it terrifies me that nobody sees the long term realities. Does anyone think that once this thing goes up and running that a few hundred Islamic Jihadists will be the limit of it's charter?
Let's ask James Trafficant what he thinks of this?
The hard sell is being pushed like a full court press in the Chicago media market. Jobs, business expansion, yada, yada, yada.
No one is talking about the fact that the Thompson prison was privately built and not being used. I would like to see the connection between the builders of the prison and the Democrat machine, Obama in particular, scrutinized. It would seem to be a pay back and a bail out.
It's the likelyhood of other security issues. I wouldn't go shopping in any mall in or near the state if Illinois, Post Offices, Public Schools, Sporting Events, etc.... Our media will fuel the pipeline of the "struggle" of it's Islamic Jihadists 24/7.
Guarding the prisoners is not the security issue at hand.
However, those who don't have family ties in Illinois will be placed with foster families in Dearborn, MI area. (/S)
Maybe they’ll become Chicago Aldermen?
18 December 2009
“DISCUSSION: GITMO NORTH AKA THOMSON CORRECTIONAL CENTER, THOMSON, ILLINOIS”
“Al-Qaida’s Zawahiri Hails KSM, Ramzi Yousef, and Others Held in U.S. Prisons”
By Evan Kohlmann
SNIPPET: “Dr. al-Zawahiri also drew attention to the plight of mujahideen prisoners being held in the United States: “We ask from Allah to help us to take revenge from everyone who participated in torturing the Muslims and to help us work on liberating them and attack those who imprisoned them, and we have not and will not forget them, Allah-willing. We will not forget Omar Abdel Rahman, Ramzi Yousef and his companions, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad and his companions, or our prisoners in Egypt, the Islamic Maghreb, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and everywhere, with the help and power of Allah. We will not forget them and we call upon every Muslim to not forget them.””
December 17, 2009 11:25 AM
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Up to $25 Million Reward
Date of Birth : June 19, 1951
Place of Birth : Egypt
Hair : Brown/Black
Eyes : Dark
Sex : Male
Nationality : Egyptian
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Murder of U.S. nationals outside the United States; conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals outside the United States; and attack on a federal facility resulting in death.
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