December 15th, 2009
08:37 AM ET
11 months ago

Illinois to get some Gitmo detainees, official says

Washington (CNN) – A limited number of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison will be transferred to a prison in Illinois, President Obama will announce Tuesday, a senior administration official said.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Richard Durbin will go to the White House on Tuesday for a briefing on the plan to use Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois, to help shut down the controversial facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Illinois state officials have said the plan would call for housing federal prisoners, including some detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in the largely vacant maximum-security facility in northern Illinois.

The governor and other officials have said such a deal could provide up to 2,000 jobs and up to $1 billion in federal money to the area.

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  1. Joe Fattal

    They couln't find but a better place to put them. From Cuba to Chicago. Exactly where our dear President will retire after his term as President. He'll be waking up in the morning reminding his wife.....Hey, Michelle, honey, do you see who's over there......Yes, the Guantanamo boys......Yes, now everytime I open the window I'll remember the good time we had at the White House........Yes honey, they were good years.

    December 15, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Gale

    We need to be sure they get health benefits, very expensive, but free to them, lawyers, good mental health Doctors and workers, and hired Al Queda investigators to be sure they are treated with kid gloves so none of their rights are violated. Don't forget special cooks to cook the food they require for their special diets. You know, kinda like the way our troops are treated over there!!

    December 15, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Ron in California

    Big mistake....once on American soil the ACLU and everyother so called Civil Liberties group will be screaming to apply our not THEIR constitution to them. It will be a circus. What about my civil rights and that of 9/11 victims...Sad.

    December 15, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Lotta Muni

    Ha! Looks like as a last resort to save face Barry has to cash in some of the political capital he holds in his home state, since noone else wants this hot potato in their own back yard.

    December 15, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. capmorgs

    More crap from BO....What part of terrorist does he not understand. DO NOT bring them to American soil!!! IMPEACH BO!!!!!!

    December 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. LacrosseMom

    Oh boy....... I can imagine what the fear-mongers will say! Most of the Guantanamo prisoners should have never been imprisoned!

    Bush FREED OVER 500! (look it up, its true) You can bet that some of these men, once released became "poster boys" for Al-Qaeda and other terrorists!

    December 15, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Matt

    Hurray, Obama has funneled more federal funds (and jobs) to his own state. Not only is bring terrorists to US soil one of the stupidest ideas because of propaganda/safety reasons, but in this case, one of the most corrupt. This guy is no better than the slue of Chicago criminals before him.

    December 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Another pre-emptive comment to all the hysterics out there who think putting accused terrorists on trial in NYC:

    By your reasoning, the Nuremberg trials should never have occurred, because they gave a "platform" for the Nazi's and their murderous policies.

    The United States judicial system is stronger than any terrorist organization, as is the United States itself.

    Accused criminals must be brought to trial; otherwise, we are not a nation of laws.

    December 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    While we brace ourselves for fake republican outrage, it is a good step toward closing Gitmo.

    By the way, it is time to scrap the republican party, and start all over.

    December 15, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Eric from MI

    dont feel bad illinois, we in Michigan are supposed to get the bulk of them, maybe we can all get together for coffee sometime and discuss the release of half these men and the legal precedings that are soon to follow for being detained with no charge revealed to the detainee, illegal interragation, and being held without the right to speak with an attorney, then once they are freed lord knows they will be walking in our streets because the government sure as hell wont pay for their flights back to their countries of origin let alone allow them on a commerical or private aircraft at all...

    December 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. The children of Israel will not bow down to Glenn Beck's 'Golden Idol'

    Anything that will create 2000 American jobs will be opposed by the GOP.

    December 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Steve

    2,000 jobs, $1 Billion! Wow, that's great news. Of course, I live in Illinois and I have a couple "small" concerns with this stupid plan. For instance, the Marines currently guard these prisoners, I worry that a bunch of mope $13 per hour, poorly trained prison guards will do as good a job. The prisoners are currently a Gitmo so if they escaped, well, they'd still be in Cuba. Under the new plan, prisoners would have much easier access to outside help for escape attempts and if successful, they'd be in Illinois! Change and Hope? I guess Obama meant change their location and hope they don't escape.

    December 15, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. gary

    Why shut down Guantanamo Bay?

    December 15, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Mike1952

    Big mistake BO. You're going to alienate your own state.

    December 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Sarah, or confucius?

    I think you should send them to the gated community in Dallas where G.W. currently resides. Couldn't get more secure than in there.

    December 15, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Gene

    I suggest a better place...it's called Guantanamo Bay Cuba and it won't cost any more $$$ than what is already beoing spent on it.

    That spot in Illinois is about 300 miles fom the largest concentration of Arabic People outside of the middle East – Dearborn, MI.

    Obama will defend his political capital no matter what it costs the people of the United States and no matter what we think.

    December 15, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Oompa Loompa

    Hopefully they will be forced to mix with the general prison population. Guantanamo might look a lot better.

    December 15, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    Wonderful, first NYC and now this....here's an idea, KEEP GITMO OPEN.

    I don't give a hoot what the rest of the world thinks of us, never did, why do you Libs worry?

    December 15, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. seebofubar

    Only in a state run by Democrats could it take 2000 people to support 100 inmates in a prison for 1 billion dollars. Lets see, thats 10 million dollars per inmate or 2000 jobs at cost to us tax payers of $500,000.00 each job. What a great deal!

    December 15, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Joe

    This is great in my opinion. The military will be guarding these few from Gitmo, but the entire facility can be utilized by the federal prison system. That's a lot better than the state is able to do.

    December 15, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. BILL, WI

    How are they going to square sending the detainees to Gitmo North with the Geneva Convention (III). Specifically of GC (III) Part III, Sec II, Article 22. In addition the ICRC commentaries of this in International Humanitarian Law discussion of treatment of POW's describes housing POW in penitentiaries as painful to their psychological well being. Keep in mind the opinion the ICRC had of holding detainees at Gitmo Cuba, but also are also on the record of saying that housing POW's in tents is permissible

    December 15, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. yuyu

    Let me ask all the very patriotic Americans this question; why if we don't have any relationship with Cuba we do have a prison there? why Cubans have to put up with all these criminals and terrorists in such small island. That is very selfish. For the person who said he doesn't care what the rest of the world think about us, well, this is a very good example why there is so many anger in the world us Americans, because of people like such with such small and closed mind, always thinking that we are the best of the best and showing that we don't care about anybody else. Very religious, by the way???. Stop being so ignorant and act like good human beings.

    December 15, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Paul from Phoenix

    Huh. So, when all of these terrorists go to CIVILIAN court, who wants to bet the first motion filed by the defense attorney is for dismissal because the client did not receive his Miranda Rights?

    See, the rule of law in American Jurisprudence mandates that people tried in criminal civilian courts have been read their Miranda Rights. So, obviously either the law has to be ammended, which can create years of court issues and appeals, or these people are let free.

    But I bet Holder wasn't think about that, was he? Maybe he was more concerned with getting people like Mark Rich pardoned.

    December 15, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Marc

    Peo-ple! The prison already exists! It's vaccant! There's no one in there! A supermax facility UNUSED!!!
    The term 'supermax' exists for one reason and a very simple one, they are supermaximum security prisional facilities with everything inside them from the buildings themselves to the routine of the inmates planned to NOT HAVE A CHANCE of a riot or an escape!!!
    And there's this one... UNUSED!!!
    Can you think in a better group of individuals to be 'accomodated' there?

    December 15, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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