Gitmo Transfer Probably "Not Going to Happen" - NBC Chicago

Gitmo Transfer Probably "Not Going to Happen"



    Quinn: "We Anticipate Having a Federal Prison in Thompson"

    Gov. Quinn says it's "less likely" that Guantanamo detainees will be transferred to Thompson, but the prison will still be sold to the feds. (Published Friday, May 21, 2010)

    Gov. Quinn affirmed today that, given the mood of Congress, the planned transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Thomson Correctional Center is probably "not going to happen".

    Quinn's comments follow on reports that the House Armed Services Committee has unanimously approved legislation that would prohibit creating a detention center inside the United States.

    Quinn, speaking to reporters after signing an adoption records bill in Chicago Friday, said that "it's less likely" that Gitmo detainees are coming to Thomson, but argued nevertheless that "separate and distinct there's a need for a federal prison."

    Thomson, he said, will likely still be sold to the feds.

    "They've studied it six ways to Sunday ... they're prepared to move quickly," Quinn said.

    President Obama made closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay one of his goals for the first year of his presidency and set a deadline that passed two months ago.

    The president instructed the federal government to purchase the prison at Thomson, but several lawmakers, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, have vowed to block the funds for its purchase.

    The idea to buy Thomson, a largely unused Supermax prison in upstate Illinois, was first floated in December.

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