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Done deal: Feds to buy Thomson prison from state for $165 million
suntimes.com ^ | 10/2/12 | DAVE MCKINNEY

Posted on 10/02/2012 11:34:54 AM PDT by ColdOne

SPRINGFIELD — The Obama administration and Gov. Pat Quinn have mapped out an end-run around the GOP that will enable the state to unload the long-mothballed Thomson Correctional Center for $165 million, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office confirmed Tuesday.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: dickdurbin; gitmo; illinois; obama; thomsonprison

1 posted on 10/02/2012 11:34:58 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

Who gets the kickback?


2 posted on 10/02/2012 11:36:27 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: ColdOne

was this the jail that was being considered years ago as Holder’s chosen site for those from Gitmo?


3 posted on 10/02/2012 11:36:52 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Eagle of Liberty
was this the jail that was being considered years ago as Holder’s chosen site for those from Gitmo?

Sure was. It's Illinois' reward for being firmly in Obama's column. Wasn't that special!
4 posted on 10/02/2012 11:38:12 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: Eagle of Liberty
Holy Crap! Yes it is!

Some Guantanamo detainees to be moved to Illinois

Some terrorism suspects held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be moved to an Illinois prison that the federal government will buy to hold them, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

Fewer than 100 Guantanamo detainees would come to the maximum-security Thomas Correctional Center, 150 miles west of Chicago, said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. Republican Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois put the figure at 70.

An executive order issued by President Obama called for Attorney General Eric Holder to purchase the nearly vacant prison and for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to "prepare the [prison] 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 [prison], consistent with laws related to Guantanamo detainees."

5 posted on 10/02/2012 11:39:47 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Eagle of Liberty

YES and Rush spoke about it today.

Congress turned down buying the joint. So Obama went around them.

This man is a crook, a liar, and he has committed many impeachable offenses. When he leave DC (hopefully very soon), can he pardon himself? I’m sure he will pardon all of his friends.


6 posted on 10/02/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: Eagle of Liberty

yes


7 posted on 10/02/2012 11:40:47 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: SusaninOhio

And still, Illinois will go for Obama. I hope they remember who was ‘in charge’, when those terrorists escape and continue their jihad - now right inside the US, instead of outside it.

Folks, in Illinois, are you happy about this?


8 posted on 10/02/2012 11:42:57 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: ColdOne

A drop in the bucket in Illinois’ budget problems. $165e6 is a week’s worth of Chicago graft.


9 posted on 10/02/2012 11:44:20 AM PDT by Lee N. Field (Never argue eschatology with a crazy person.)
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To: SusaninOhio

Nope!


10 posted on 10/02/2012 11:44:30 AM PDT by ne1410s ("We will not tolerate your intolerance!!!" ...huh?)
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To: ColdOne

Mo plenty Gov’t jobs for Illinois. Mo Federale and State jobs to be filled by politically (Democrat) connected leeches


11 posted on 10/02/2012 11:47:28 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: SusaninOhio

The entire 0bama administration should be the first occupants. Make them do the refurbishing as part of their sentences. Shovel-ready jobs.


12 posted on 10/02/2012 11:48:40 AM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: ColdOne

Oh, Miiiit, did you hear about this? Can you please make an ad to play in Wisconsin? Forget Illinois.


13 posted on 10/02/2012 11:52:47 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: SusaninOhio
Folks, in Illinois, are you happy about this?

Personally, I am not.

That said, there are actually people near the facility who want it, because that area is struggling, as all of Illinois is.

This time, Obama will carry Illinois the way Governor Quinn did, through the sheer numbers of the nutty Chicago voters.

Let me know when a SERIOUS secession pops up somewhere.
14 posted on 10/02/2012 12:08:37 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: EnquiringMind
Oh, Miiiit, did you hear about this? Can you please make an ad to play in Wisconsin? Forget Illinois.

The prison is closest to a lihtly populated area in Wisconsin. By all means run ads there. Strategically, he should hit Iowa as well. That's another swing state.
15 posted on 10/02/2012 12:10:41 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."--Del Shannon)
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To: ColdOne

What a waste. They could have turned it into a high school.


16 posted on 10/02/2012 12:33:46 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SusaninOhio

Is there a right to SS protection in the Constitution? Perhaps it should be based on economic need.


17 posted on 10/02/2012 1:04:14 PM PDT by Postman (........................................................I'm thinking! I'm thinking!!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Uncle Chip, I was incarcerated in several federal prisons. The feds don’t turn prisons into schools. They actually turn schools into prisons. I spent time in Yankton (SD) Federal Prison Camp. It is on the Nat’l Registry of Historical Places. It was formerly Yankton College. I also was imprisoned in Rochester (MN) Federal Medical Center, formerly a state hospital.

The article mentions that 1,000 permanent positions would be created at this new federal prison. I highly doubt that. Based on my experience in the federal prison system, I would estimate 200 permanent employees - tops.

On a semi-related note, it was all of the Illinois and New York politicians, political grifters, and organized crime figures that showed me the ropes on my first day of federal prison in Sandstone, MN. It wasn’t until I was in prison that I realized, “Wow! There are a lot of Illinois politicians in prison!”


18 posted on 10/02/2012 3:34:13 PM PDT by Brent Calvert 03969-030
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To: Brent Calvert 03969-030

Well I’ll bet that was one school that you were glad to have graduated from. Has it left its effects on you???


19 posted on 10/02/2012 3:59:13 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Yes, it did. Prison is where I got straight with Jesus, got turned onto Limbaugh and conservatism, and where I studied the Bible, law and the US Constitution, and lastly, human nature in its most base, tribal, primitive habitat.

I was a legal clerk, running the law library for a couple of years. I spent my days reading every published federal case. I viewed Desert Storm on CNN with Lyndon LaRouche and studied the Book of Job with Rev. Jim Bakker. I played a lot of bocce and smoked 50-cent cigars with Gambino Bros. I traveled the country in a blacked-out bus while shackled and handcuffed, never knowing what state I was even in until we arrived for the night. I flew Con-Air for one transfer. Try to eat a bologna sandwich and half an apple while you’re hands are black-boxed and cuffed to your waist. I actually stayed 30 days longer than I needed to (before a transfer to a halfway house) so I could finish another semester of college credit. I took 17 hours that last semester.

I did see a lot of violence and fear, but I actually now have to pause and reflect to remember those times. It is the good I remember the most. In the end, it was a good experience. I admitted at the time that I deserved to be there, but I did eventually hit the point of diminishing returns.

Two of my best friends from there are now in the ministry, one doing prison ministry. I know many ex-cons, and the ones I know that care enough to vote, vote Republican. Most will never care enough to participate.

Sorry for my rambling. I hope I made sense.


20 posted on 10/02/2012 5:10:46 PM PDT by Brent Calvert 03969-030
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To: Uncle Chip

Yes, it did. Prison is where I got straight with Jesus, got turned onto Limbaugh and conservatism, and where I studied the Bible, law and the US Constitution, and lastly, human nature in its most base, tribal, primitive habitat.

I was a legal clerk, running the law library for a couple of years. I spent my days reading every published federal case. I viewed Desert Storm on CNN with Lyndon LaRouche and studied the Book of Job with Rev. Jim Bakker. I played a lot of bocce and smoked 50-cent cigars with Gambino Bros. I traveled the country in a blacked-out bus while shackled and handcuffed, never knowing what state I was even in until we arrived for the night. I flew Con-Air for one transfer. Try to eat a bologna sandwich and half an apple while you’re hands are black-boxed and cuffed to your waist. I actually stayed 30 days longer than I needed to (before a transfer to a halfway house) so I could finish another semester of college credit. I took 17 hours that last semester.

I did see a lot of violence and fear, but I actually now have to pause and reflect to remember those times. It is the good I remember the most. In the end, it was a good experience. I admitted at the time that I deserved to be there, but I did eventually hit the point of diminishing returns.

Two of my best friends from there are now in the ministry, one doing prison ministry. I know many ex-cons, and the ones I know that care enough to vote, vote Republican. Most will never care enough to participate.

Sorry for my rambling. I hope I made sense.


21 posted on 10/02/2012 5:11:05 PM PDT by Brent Calvert 03969-030
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