August 13th, 2009
09:30 AM ET
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Feds to tour Michigan prison where Gitmo detainees could go

The prison in Standish, Michigan, is slated for closure but would stay open if Guantanamo detainees are sent there.
The prison in Standish, Michigan, is slated for closure but would stay open if Guantanamo detainees are sent there.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Federal officials will travel to Standish, Michigan, on Thursday to tour a state prison that could be used to house terror suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. government officials said Wednesday.

Among those who will check out the facility, the officials said, will be representatives from the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons.

One administration official stressed no decision has been made about where to relocate Guantanamo detainees. Multiple options are under consideration. That official added Thursday's visit is simply to gather information about the prison.

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Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • Michigan
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Angus McDugan

    Why. We are just swapping one place for another just so we can say that we closed the first one. Politics has just become a big branding campaign. The pubilc is being lead around by the nose because we are weak and choose to believe everything we are fed by the media.

    August 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Pat F

    Great, that is what Michigan needs – to be an even bigger terrorist target than we already are as a border state.

    Send them to Washington DC, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lincoln bedroom – Barry thinks they're so harmless.

    August 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. FloridaJeff

    How are these folks traveling and who's expense? Is there any plan for formal evaluation of these facilities other than a group of congresspeople deciding at a moments notice to go see them? etc, etc, etc.....lets have a plan folks!

    August 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Travis In Colorado

    And what's wrong with the prison that they're in now? Seems to be working just fine. But I forgot that Obama is more concerned with the safety and comfort of America's enemies than he is about Americans. And I can't believe that there are still people out there that support him! What fools!

    August 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Shari, NY

    What about Hardin, Montana? Didn't the mayor plead for them to come his way? He has a detention center which is lying idle and believes that the use of this facility for such a purpose would pump some revenue into his sleepy, cash strapped town. Well, I guess the opposers won the battle.

    August 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. TCM

    yeah, let's put them in Michigan...where one of the largest, most discontent, and highly questionable muslim populations exist....that way, the collaborators don't have far to travel to conspire against the US....what geniuses we have in this administration....Why not put them in an Iraqi prison? The liberals in this government are bound and determined to make our country more vunerable.....

    August 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Getting worried

    Didn't we all know they would end up on American soil despite them saying that would not happen.

    Today the story coming out is that unemployment spiked up in July, Foreclosures spiked up in July, and retail sales down in July…

    At some point you must stop giving this President a free ride and start holding him accountable.

    It is the middle of August, you can’t keep letting this administration not take ownership of things still.

    The “Bush left us with….” Argument is becoming obsolete; President Obama promised us a lot and has not come through in the time he stated he would. How many times can he “change” the timeline?

    August 13, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Meka

    It will definitely SAVE, OR CREATE JOBS!

    August 13, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let's house Cheney there, put him through the non-torture techniques that he implemented and then get his informed opinion as to whether this site would be up to par for other detainees. I meant for the detainees.

    August 13, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. MLH

    This sounds like a cost effective and very appropriate way to make sure we take care of our responsibility to these people whom we have imprisoned.

    August 13, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Not in my back yard. And Michigan is my back yard. Guantanamo Bay is, and will continue to be, the best place to hold terror suspects, and Obama "acted stupidly" in placating the Left by promising to close it.

    August 13, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Look, folks

    Bushi-poo captured those guys and put them in Cuba and absolved himself of any further responsibility.

    They can't stay there forever!

    I personally believe they need to have trials – that is the American Way, is it not?

    August 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. MJ

    One might wonder how much this "study" will cost the American Taxpayers. "Let me make this perfectly clear" (wonder where I heard that) I, for one, strongly believe they should stay exactly where they are!

    August 13, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Tom Paine

    Don't forget to leave room for Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.

    August 13, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Mike

    Another fine example of the Obama smoke and mirrors. He promises to close Gitmo and no doubt most of his supporters expected that meant he would actually deal with the detainees. But no, he only plans to move them closer to us at more tax-payer expense. The man seems incapable of saying what he means or meaning what he says. How can we possibly trust what he’s saying about health care?

    August 13, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Linda from Minnesota

    Reading these comments – it saddens me that there is so much hate out there. Hate the right has for the left, hate the left has for the right and hate the right has for our President who is trying. Why can't people let him do his job and if in four years, he is not successful, vote him out. In the meantime, support him.

    I was not a Bush fan but certainly didn't hate him nor want him to fail.

    Yet, in some ways I am being hypocritical because now the right is feeling like we on the left felt during the Bush years and honestly, it feels kind of good.

    But that is a small victory because our country is being torn apart by hate.

    August 13, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. vic nashville , Tn

    NO … NO ……NO

    Send them to Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s House

    They will get real torture Watching FOX and Listen Rush

    Fair & Balance:- never balance

    The factor :- without facts

    Spin stop here :- Spin start there

    Our America to My America now Hannity’s America

    People disturb the town hall meetings get a bonus to appear in full screen next day

    God please give us strength mainstream media torturing us

    August 13, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Lee

    If we americans want to hold suspects (terrrorist/foriegn), then we should hold them on American soil. GITMO is NOT american soil. I am active duty military and I have been there too many times, in fact I can probably identify some to the iguanas out there. We captured them, we bring them to the US and we try them in a court under OUR laws if they are on OUR soil. Or we just execute them on the battle field as they would us. YOUR CHOICE!

    August 13, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. DennisG

    Our prisons have hundreds if not thousands of gangbangers, and dangerou drug dealers murderers who make these guys in Guantanamo look like a bunch of kindergardeners in bright orange pajamas. Too many people in this country have allowed the right wing media and politicians scare them into thinking these guys are some sort of super threat. Just give the a trial and stick them into a high security prison and forget them.

    August 13, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Jim

    it seems pretty clear that the party of no will disparage any ideas no matter how trivial. it's high time they (the party of no) came up with some useful ideas.

    August 13, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Dan

    Michigan must need money badly if they let that happen. Since Obama pulls the purse stings in Detroit maybe that is also true for the rest of the state. Michigan should tell them to go fly a kite.

    August 13, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. vaughn

    Michigan needs the money, if the gov. is willing to fit the bill, send them emediately.

    August 13, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. PFFT

    I could have SWORN that the Obamanation said that terrorists wouldn't be housed on American soil. Just chalk it up to another lie from the man who took over America.

    August 13, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. notfooledtx

    Good move. There's nothing to fear from the incarcerated terrorists – if there's one thing this country is good at is incarceration. This will help keep the prison open and will deal with the detainees. It makes good sense. Those fearmongering and claiming nimby are foolish – or running scared.

    August 13, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Doug, New Jersey

    Considering that this is where Micheal Moore double chin libs reside, don't put it past these libs to try and find a way to break these guys out. For 8 years these terrorists were considered allies to the Moore-ons, many may want to help them out. I put my life on the fact that a majority of these libs would much rather harm Sarah Palin and other law abiding conservative families in America, than these jihadists.

    August 13, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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