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Although White House officials say a final decision has not been made, a government memo leaked Friday indicates preparations have been made for the U.S. to move forward with a proposal to buy an Illinois prison to house suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.
After the White House's internal memo surfaced Friday, Sen. Dick Durbin said he was "encouraged" since it signaled that a state prison under consideration in Thomson may be used for a limited number of the terror suspects.
Described by one administration official as a "predecisional" draft, it directs the secretary of defense to relocate Guantanamo Bay detainees "as expeditiously as possible" to the Thomson Correctional Center.
It also instructs that the attorney general shall "as expeditiously as possible acquire and activate" Thomson as a U.S. penitentiary, then provide the Defense Department with a "sufficient portion" of the prison to detain the relocated prisoners.
Thomson, built in 2001, has housed a minimal number of inmates because the state budget crisis has prevented it from being fully operational.
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Re: Obama administration taking steps toward purchase of Thomson prison
Originally Posted by Mrs.PatsFanInVa
No, Harry, they're going to move them out of a prison on foreign soil and put them in a prison on American soil.
Aren't you the one who wants Gitmo closed so bad? What did you think they're supposed to do with the prisoners there when they close it? Release them?
Or don't you think that far ahead?
I didn't want Gitmo closed, I wanted to see the Bush Haters get what they expected when they voted for their Dreamy Prince, and as far as Gitmo being closed I'll believe it when it happens, Obama's home state is a great place to send them, that was a smart move, Walpole Mass would have been another good place.
Harry Boy (Genius)
In The Absence Of Law And Order Society Will Surely Destroy Itself