Guess who's coming to town?
A prison complex 150 miles from Chicago will house Gitmo detainees, the Obama administration will announce Tuesday.
A senior administration official tells ABC News that on Tuesday the administration will announce that President Obama "has directed that the federal government proceed with the acquisition of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois to house federal inmates and a limited number of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
Thomson Correctional Center is a maximum security prison that opened in 2001 but has never been fully utilized because of state budget issues.
Information from the state of Illinois indicates that Thomson Correctional Center is a Level 1 adult male maximum-security facility comprised of 1,600 cells and eight housing units, none of which are currently used. The facility is on 146 acres and is currently surrounded by a 12-foot exterior fence and 15-foot interior fence -- which includes a dual sided electric stun fence. The cell houses were constructed with pre-cast, reinforced cement walls. The complex also contains a 200-bed minimum-security unit, which has been operational.
"Closing the detention center at Guantanamo is essential to protecting our national security and helping our troops by removing a deadly recruiting tool from the hands of al Qaeda," the official said. "Tomorrow’s announcement is an important step forward as we work to achieve our national security objectives."
HT to Captain Ed.
Maybe Dear Leader -- the man-child Barry Obama -- forgets what this means when they come here. Not only will they be allowed to utilize the civilian criminal justice system to better challenge their detainment, but should it be determined that they have been "illegally detained," they could, in theory, be released. Where will they be released?
Right here in the United States.
None of our allies want to house these animals, and to send them back to their country of origin (or a country that would accept them, such as Pakistan, or Iran, or Lebanon) is to invite them to go back to the battlefield fighting against our soldiers. Many detainees already released from Gitmo have done exactly that. So, in his infinite stupidity, the president has decided this is the easiest way to close down the detention facility.
See, Congress has, so far, refused to move on shutting the facility down. (This is the dirty, little secret about Executive Orders. Executive Orders aren't diktats from up on high that can't be challenged. Congress has a check against such powers by refusing to fund them just as the SCOTUS has a check against them. If you disagree with the latter I suggest you research Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer decided by SCOTUS in 1952. Truman had issued Executive Order 10340 to take control of the steel industry, and the SCOTUS slapped him down.) Congress, it seems, knows better than the president regarding this issue. they know -- deep down inside they know -- that the Gitmo facility is the better place to keep these animals. But Barry has a fever-swamp fringe base he has to appeal to, especially on the heels of his decision to send a surge of troops to Afghanistan.
Will this affect him? Not really. Senator Dick Durbin and Governor Pat Quinn successfully lobbied him to send the detainees to the Thomson Correctional Facility. His fringe base is screaming at him to (finally) uphold one of his campaign promises. And the voters in Illinois won't turn their back on their favored son in 2012 over this; that is they won't provided nothing bad comes out of this transfer. (No offense, but if any of these animals escape, or cause an extreme amount of havoc and chaos in the prison, you can expect this to reflect badly on the president, and it could cost him in 2012.)
As for the general electorate of course there's going to be a backlash. His overall approval rating sits at 46% right now, and it's continuing to drop like a rock. In short, the only people who seem to like this rube are the lemmings in his fever-swamp base. The rest of the nation is slowly waking up to see that this man is worse than Jimmy Carter, and we all know what happened to Carter, don't we?
This isn't a smart move for many reasons; legal reasons leading the pack with national security on par or running a close second. We're inviting danger into the nation thanks to the inexperienced, thin-skinned man-child. Barry doesn't know what the Hell he's doing, but he's playing his base like a harp from Hell. As they say, this will not end well, and we will be on the receiving end of the disaster that is to come.