December 15th, 2009
06:06 PM ET
10 months ago

Some Guantanamo detainees to be moved to Illinois

Obama National Security Adviser James Jones and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn spoke with reporters Tuesday about the administration's decision to move some detainees to Illinois.
Obama National Security Adviser James Jones and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn spoke with reporters Tuesday about the administration's decision to move some detainees to Illinois.

Washington (CNN) - 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.

The federal government will buy the prison and enhance one section of it to make it exceed perimeter security standards at the nation's only "supermax" prison in Colorado, according to a letter to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair.

About 215 detainees are held at the controversial U.S. detention facility in Cuba, and finding a place to move some of the detainees was crucial to government plans to close it.

By closing Guantanamo, "we are removing from terrorist organizations around the world the recruiting tool" the detention center symbolizes, said retired Marine Gen. James Jones, the national security adviser to President Obama.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Fan of Common Sense

    So let me see if I have this straight. Terrorists around the world hate us because we are detaining their fellow-terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. However, they are going to hate us LESS if we move their fellow-terrorists a thousand miles or so north to Thomas, Illinois. Can somebody please PLEASE explain this logic to me?

    December 15, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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