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Federal government to buy closed Ill. prison for $165M, vows will not house Gitmo detainees
startribune.com ^ | Oct 2, 2012

Posted on 10/02/2012 11:41:50 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Federal government to buy closed Ill. prison for $165M, vows will not house Gitmo detainees

Article by: SOPHIA TAREEN , Associated Press Updated: October 2, 2012 - 1:23 PM

CHICAGO - The federal government has agreed to buy the closed Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million after the sale was held up for three years, state leaders announced Tuesday.

Many Illinois leaders — including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn who spoke to The Associated Press ahead of a news conference to announce the sale — supported the purchase because they said it would bring up to 1,100 jobs to Illinois. Federal officials have said it would help alleviate prison overcrowding.

"It means a prison that has been sitting here empty will be used again and create a lot of opportunity for working families in the areas," Durbin said.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; fraud; gitmo; guantanamo; illinois; impeach; lawlessobama; obama; obamalawlessness; prison; terrorists; thomson; thomsonprison; trials
Democrats Dick Durbin and IL Gov. Pat Quinn just got bailed out by Obama with your tax dollars by reopening the closed Illinois prison to welcome GITMO terrorists.
1 posted on 10/02/2012 11:41:57 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Obama official, Illinois leaders confirm sale of Thomson prison

http://www.rrstar.com/updates/x1238772480/Sen-Dick-Durbin-Gov-Pat-Quinn-Thomson-prison-sale-will-happen


2 posted on 10/02/2012 11:42:54 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
It's where they plan on keeping the "dissidents," as the crypto-Marxists are fond of calling them.
3 posted on 10/02/2012 11:43:20 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: KeyLargo

They wouldn’t break their promise, would they?


4 posted on 10/02/2012 11:43:49 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Well, that whole Death Panel thing ...


5 posted on 10/02/2012 11:45:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: KeyLargo
supported the purchase because they said it would bring up to 1,100 jobs to Illinois

Please explain that one to me. How do they get a thousand extra jobs out of that prison?

6 posted on 10/02/2012 11:45:19 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: KeyLargo

SHEEESH what another huge waste of our money. He’s probably going to announce between now and Nov 6th that he is actually closing Gitmo, after all, which he promised would be the first thing he did when he got elected. And also, being IL, he probably had some deal promised to someone to buy the prison in exchange for something corrupt that the did or will do for him.

Meanwhile, the State of IL has the highest prison population ever, and is closing down facilities to cut budgets.


7 posted on 10/02/2012 11:46:00 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: KeyLargo

And if you believe that......................


8 posted on 10/02/2012 11:46:03 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: KeyLargo

Just another power grab by Obama to bypass the Republican controlled House and steamroll over them.

WOLF REJECTS REPROGRAMMING REQUEST TO FUND
THOMSON PRISON EARMARK, BLASTS HOLDER ON RECORD

Letter to Holder Cites Examples of Inconsistency and Unlawful Practices Within DOJ

Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2012) – Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, today “unequivocally” rejected a reprogramming request to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., long designated by the Obama administration to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The Obama Administration last night made the formal request to the chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees that fund the Justice Department.

In rejecting the request, Wolf, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, said that this $165 million earmark, requested by Senator Dick Durbin, “not only was never included in any bill voted upon by the Congress, but Congress has specifically denied and rescinded funding for this acquisition.”

Wolf added that the Executive Order 13457 prohibits agencies from committing, obligating, or expending funds “on the basis of earmarks included in non-statutory source.”

Wolf’s letter states that the original purpose for the acquisition of Thomson was to house terrorist detainees from the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Wolf noted that despite the attorney general’s personal “commitment” not to transfer detainees to Thomson, the Congress cannot trust Holder, the Department of Justice or the administration to abide by that commitment, given its track record of repeatedly ignoring or choosing not enforce U.S. laws. Specifically, Wolf cited the 2009 effort by the Obama administration, strongly advocated by Holder, to secretly transfer and release two Guantanamo Bay detainees to Virginia.

http://wolf.house.gov/press-releases/wolf-rejects-reprogramming-request-to-fund-thomson-prison-earmark-blasts-holder-on-record/


9 posted on 10/02/2012 11:50:48 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
How do they get a thousand extra jobs out of that prison?

Cooks, Guards, Maintanence, Medical Staff, Assorted Government Overseers...

10 posted on 10/02/2012 12:06:54 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: KeyLargo
Rush covered this today. congress had already denied funding said -NO . This is another end round...Obama/executive branch power move.
11 posted on 10/02/2012 12:11:04 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: KeyLargo

I assure you with Obama, Durbin and Quinn involved its all about money in the pocket. Only name missing is Jackson Jr. and he will need more “rest” after finding out he missed a kick back.

I was born and raised in Chicago and its the worst, tax and crime is only product. I still have a place there near Obama’s house (for sale, lake shore dr. Nice lake view if anyone needs a place lol ) Don’t let my name fool you, I’m south side Irish and white as rice.


12 posted on 10/02/2012 12:12:36 PM PDT by tangchung
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To: tangchung

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., warned his committee would oppose the purchase.

“The Obama administration has been trying for years to open Thompson prison in order to transfer terrorists from Guantanamo Bay onto U.S. soil,” Rogers said in a statement. “This back-door move by the Obama Administration to open Thompson and reject the will of Congress and the American people is dangerously irresponsible, and will be met with the full and unfettered opposition of the Appropriations Committee.”

Thomson was built in 2001, but budget troubles kept it from fully opening.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/02/lawmakers-claim-administration-opening-door-to-gitmo-transfer-with-illinois/#ixzz28Ag3g9qj


13 posted on 10/02/2012 12:25:01 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Anybody else as creeped out about the fact that THE PRESIDENT just bought the Executive Branch a prison?

The Royal Family owns the Tower of London....


14 posted on 10/02/2012 12:30:07 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: opentalk

By doing this Obama is bailing out one his union bases - AFSCME by providing jobs to prison guards who would have been laid off due to Illinois being bankrupt.

Thursday, August 02, 2012
AFSCME sues to keep prisons open
By Jamey Dunn

The state’s largest public employee union is suing to block Gov. Pat Quinn’s plans to shut down several correctional facilities on the grounds that the closures would create unsafe working environments for its members.

http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/afscme-sues-to-keep-prisons-open.html


15 posted on 10/02/2012 12:31:45 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Thanks for the link. This whole thing will be stopped. It’s not going to happen. I hope there is going to be a battle on this scam.


16 posted on 10/02/2012 12:35:03 PM PDT by tangchung
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Do you mean this is where they are going to try to put Freepers comes the revolution?


17 posted on 10/02/2012 12:41:17 PM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: opentalk

THOMSON — Illinois’ top leaders say the federal government will purchase Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million.

The prison’s sale has been stalled for years, most recently because of opposition from a Virginia Republican who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the Bureau of Prisons.

Congressman Frank Wolf rejected the sale request because he believed terrorism suspects would be housed there. Federal officials say that’s not true.

Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn announced the sale Tuesday, saying federal officials decided to go around Wolf and act on their own authority. Durbin says it’s an unusual move but not illegal.

Thomson was built in 2001. Budget troubles kept it from fully opening. It has 1,600 cells but housed fewer than 200 inmates before closing to prepare for a sale.

An Obama administration official says the federal government is going to buy a state prison in Illinois as a facility that will hold high-security inmates.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20121002/news/710029801/


18 posted on 10/02/2012 12:45:35 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Please explain that one to me. How do they get a thousand extra jobs out of that prison?

They're going to round up conservative folk like you and give them jobs making license plates and phone books. I'd say, there's probably close to 1100 conservatives left in Ill.

See? Its bipartisan too ;)

19 posted on 10/02/2012 1:27:49 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: mo

Rumors from some Illinois politicans in the know are saying that Dick Durbin will not run for another term due to health problems and the likely replacement will be IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Durbin: Feds to write $165 million check to state for unused prison

Wolf chairs a House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the prison spending. The congressman vehemently opposed the move by the administration and said the “timing of this $165 million windfall to the president’s home state of Illinois,” shortly before the Nov. 6 general election “is suspect.” The prison is expected to draw workers and business from neighboring Iowa, a swing state where Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are battling.

“President Obama’s unprecedented directive to Attorney General Holder to circumvent Congress to purchase Thomson prison is deeply troubling,” Wolf said in a statement. “It directly violates the clear objection of the House Appropriations Committee and goes against the bipartisan objections of members in the House and Senate, who have noted that approving this request would allow Thomson to take precedence over previously funded prisons in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Hampshire.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-durbin-feds-to-write-165-million-check-to-state-for-unused-prison-20121002,0,5439734.story


20 posted on 10/02/2012 1:30:40 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
“President Obama’s unprecedented directive to Attorney General Holder to circumvent Congress to purchase Thomson prison is deeply troubling,”

So, Congress, what are you going to do about it?

21 posted on 10/02/2012 2:37:14 PM PDT by garyb
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To: KeyLargo; Chigirl 26; mickie; flaglady47; prairiebreeze; Bushbacker1; oswegodeee; hoosiermama
Well, if they don't house the Gitmo prisoners in the new facility, there's always plenty of Illinois politicians, judges, contractors, aldermen, ward heelers, featherbedders gang bangers and community organizers to keep the place filled to the rafters.

Leni

22 posted on 10/02/2012 2:46:06 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: garyb
"So, Congress, what are you going to do about it?"

"I want my mommy"

23 posted on 10/02/2012 3:17:16 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: MinuteGal

WOuldn’t it be easier just to build a wall around CHicago?


24 posted on 10/02/2012 3:19:10 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: KeyLargo

Just across the river from Davenport, Iowa.
If the terrorists can swim (not likely IMHO), I’d advise anybody in Davenport to stock up on weapons.


25 posted on 10/02/2012 3:26:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: KeyLargo; All


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26 posted on 10/02/2012 3:26:42 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: hoosiermama
"Wouldn't it be easier just to build a wall around Chicago?"

Post of the week!

LOL!

Leni

27 posted on 10/02/2012 4:00:49 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: mo

The executive branch owns ALL of the federal prisons.


28 posted on 10/02/2012 4:02:42 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: KeyLargo

By-passed Congress....yet, again!


29 posted on 10/03/2012 3:17:09 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: All

homeland.house.gov/issues/911-trials-guantanamo

#

NOTE The following press release is a quote:

homeland.house.gov/press-release/chairman-king-statement-obama-administration’s-decision-purchase-illinois-prison-where

Chairman King Statement on Obama Administration’s Decision to Purchase Illinois Prison Where it Sought to House Guantanamo Terrorists

OCT 2, 2012

Issues: 9/11 Trials / Guantanamo Detainees

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s purchase of Thomson Prison in Illinois:

“After widespread and bipartisan opposition to President Obama’s outrageous and dangerous plan to close the ultra-secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and import the terrorists to the U.S. Homeland for trial in civilian courts in New York City and elsewhere, I thought this issue was settled.

“Apparently not.

“In order to keep these terrorists out of the United States, Congress reflected the will of the American people by explicitly opposing the purchase of the Thomson Illinois prison, where the Obama Administration has sought to transfer the Guantanamo terrorists.

“Yet, in direct defiance of the will of the People, the Administration today announced that it will buy the Thomson prison for at least $165 million.

“Obama Administration officials today promised that Guantanamo terrorists will not be transferred to the Thomson prison, citing Congressional action prohibiting it. I have trouble believing Obama Administration promises.

“If the Obama Administration is willing to ignore Congress about the purchase of the Thomson prison, how are the American people expected to trust that the Administration will not ignore Congress about the transfer of terrorists into it? I pledge to continue working to keep the Obama Administration from moving dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. Homeland.”

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30 posted on 10/03/2012 4:05:22 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: KeyLargo; mickie; flaglady47
The burning question of the past four years addressed to each member of Congress....if you don't care a whit that Obama bypasses Congress and ignores the Constitution....WHY SHOULD WE?

(.....a question they won't answer......and we are too decent to ask as we haven't yet thrown in the towel as have the House and Senate members).

Leni

31 posted on 10/03/2012 7:01:32 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: KeyLargo
We need a congress that plays hardball with this group. They should shut down any funds to the dem projects until this clown stops bypassing them....
32 posted on 10/03/2012 1:13:29 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

3 or 4 shifts of guards.... maintenance, administration, dr nursing, blah blah blah....


33 posted on 10/03/2012 3:08:11 PM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: MinuteGal

very true


34 posted on 10/03/2012 5:15:37 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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