December 15th, 2009
06:06 PM ET
7 years ago

Some Guantanamo detainees to be moved to Illinois

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • Illinois • Obama administration
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Tens of millions were spent to make GITMO a good facility. Why throw it away and spend even more? Oh, that's right, they're Democrats. Spending is what they do.

    December 15, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    SHAME...but an approvo place to put them...Illinois, wtih their legendary legend of corruption including their current president.

    December 15, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. annie against biased news

    Why not just move them in the white house with the one who loves them?

    December 15, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. unemployed by Obama

    Obama has betrayed America as a fellow terroist to his muslim brothers and a traitor to the safety of each American. People need to understand what Obama has done by making your children a target to these terroist. Obama has betrayed you with his Lies and smoke screens.

    December 15, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. snood

    THe only reason its going to go there is because of Obama. its a failed waist of IL cash and now they need a bailout. how much you want to bet the first plant opening for alt energy that gets a big praise ends up in IL also. can someone tell me why we are closing it again in the first place. I understand abu grab and the stopping of waterboarding. whats nice though is many will be back close to home as many of the 911 terrorist where from the midwest.

    December 15, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We've stashed terrorist prisoners in other countries for years, but never in our own country and the International Community finds that no longer acceptable. It's time we stop paying billions to other countries for their prison use.

    December 15, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    AND, it will bring JOBS!!!!

    Who's AFRAID of the BIG BAD WOLF!!! The REPUBLI-CAN'Ts!!! Once again they are showing FEAR and TRYING to pass it on to the American People???!!! What's UP with that??

    The Party of NO really UNDERMINDS our Security!!! It's the FEAR-MONGERINGS that are actually PLANTING thoughts into terrorists HEADS and making them BELIEVE they can ATTACK us wherever the prisoners are!!! Don't they KNOW that there was NEVER an attack coming from a PRISON – all of the attacks are being PLANNED with enough of TERRORISTS that are OUT OF JAIL!!! Jeez!!!!

    December 15, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Gerry NH

    Wait until the terrorist sshow up in town then it will be interesting.

    December 15, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. John--Black Hills/SD

    Forget Illinois, send these bottom feeders to Detroit...the rats are leaving, and that means there's room for the detainees.

    December 15, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. joe m

    moving these detainees from gitmo to this new facility does not really address the core issue; put these individuals on trial or release them. this is no more than a cosmetic fix. it is akin to taking all the junk on your bedroom floor and shoving it in your closet, then saying you've dealt with the problem. worse yet, with this move the government now has to fork over money to buy this facility and spend more money the country doesn't really have. if the president believes that this move allows him to claim that he lived up to his promise, then he is sadly mistaken.

    December 15, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. MR RIGHT

    This is a INSANE thing to do and it shows the uberleft fits the definition of insanity, good work mr President show us who you really are.

    December 15, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Liberal wingnut

    Gitmo North baby! Yes there is a list of gitmo detainees that will be held indefinitely without a trial.

    Where will hollywood be in all this???

    December 15, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Allen from Illinois

    The right wing chicken hawks that oppose this are wusses...

    December 15, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Marty, Grand Rapids Mi

    Finally. Lets end that symbol of our failure and follow the rule of law.

    December 15, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    I know two more criminals we can put in there - BUSH AND CHENEY.

    December 15, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. JonDie

    What a relief that the cowardly Republicans are no longer in power!

    December 15, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Joe Fattal

    They couldn't be but in a better place. After his term expires, and his back in Chicago, he can turn to Michelle and say.....Look honey who's over there...........Yes Babarack that's the ole boys from Guantanamo Bay..........You see now sweetheart, I kept my promise. What a guy, I should have voted for him.

    December 15, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. Wm.Weeks

    And just how much will this cost the American tax payer. obama knowa no bounds.

    December 15, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Ex-NC-Pub

    Can't wait until Boner and CAN"Ter run out and scream, "the terrorists are coming run for your lives!"

    December 15, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. tarheel

    If they are willing to turn their state into Gitmo jr. in order to bring in jobs then more power to them. There seems to be a lack of places that want to store nuclear waste so perhaps they are desperate enough to do that too. How about chemical waste storage? Heck, I can think of a bunch of possible jobs for Illinois if they have absolutely no standards and are that desperate.

    December 15, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Yup!

    It's about the money, right, Obama? Money for your favorite mafia state!

    December 15, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. S Callahan In the mystery of the incarnation He is not only truly God, but now truly man. He comes from the infinite distance of the eternal heavens to finite nearness.. The Creator becomes a cre

    Considering the currently house minimum security risk inmates right now....the question is....where do they go when it becomes maximun again?

    December 15, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Nurse

    Spent millions on Git mo. Now we will spend millions on this place in .....OOOHHHH It's Chicago payback I get it , Wink wink .

    December 15, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    This is complete stupidity! What terrorists are saying about Gimto now, they'll be saying about Thomas, Illinois next year. WHAT DOES GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION HAVE TO DO WITH IT?! HOW CAN ADULT HUMAN BEINGS BE THIS STUPID?!!

    December 15, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. m smith

    sounds like a good place for then. Aren't our prisons as safe as any in the world?? And it provides jobs. Never made any sense to have these criminals sent to some other country like we where afraid of them. Another wingnut idea.

    December 15, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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