Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
While there’s been no official word yet, it appears Omar Khadr will be transferred to GITMO North as well. Way to ‘close’ Guantanamo with a little porkbarrel politics thrown in , Obama.
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Kent Klein, Voice of America
December 15, 2009
President Barack Obama has ordered the purchase of a state prison in the central U.S. to house some terror suspects now being held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The underused Thomson Correctional Center is in the president’s home state of Illinois.
Shortly after taking office, President Obama said he wanted Guantanamo Bay closed by January 2010. Administration officials now admit that that deadline will not be met.
But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the acquisition of the Illinois prison will move the president closer to his goal.
“The announcement today that the president has instructed the Bureau of Prisons to begin the purchase of the Thomson facility in Illinois is a big step in that process of closing Guantanamo Bay,” said Robert Gibbs.