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Illinois, Gitmo North?

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WASHINGTON--The Obama White House faced resistance this summer over the potential of sending Guantanamo Bay military prison detainees to Standish, Mich. or Leavenworth, Ks. That's a reason they turned to the more receptive Illinois, the adopted home state of President Obama. Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Roland Burris and Gov. Quinn--all Democrats--are welcoming the prospect of the federal government buying a little used Illinois super max prison for the detainees.

In contrast, last August, the GOP Kansas senators, Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback were so concerned about sending detainees to their state that they put a "hold" on the confirmation of Obama administration appointees until the White House gave them some answers. On Monday, four Illinois House members--Mark Kirk, Don Manzullo, Judy Biggert and Peter Roskam came out strong in opposition to bringing Gitmo prisoners

Read my overview on the developing story of whether the Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois will be the new Gitmo North here.

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I Don't Know Why Everybody Is Making Such A Big Deal About The Prisoner's From Gitmo When We Have Enough Of Home Terrorist Right Here In Our Back Yard's // I,m talking About All These Thug's Gang banger's /// They Are a Bigger Threat To Use Then All The Prisoner's Taht will Be Sent Here /// We Should Worry More Of These Thug Idiot's More Then What's Coming From CUBA maybe We Can House All These Child KILLER's With The Terrorist Think More Of Your KID"s Than Housing a Few Radical's

ILLINOIS ISN'T GITMO NORTH, GITMO IS WHERE CHENEY HAD THOSE MEN WATERBOARDED AND ONLY THE GOOD LORD KNOWS THE REST, THE NEW PRESIDENT SAID THE PLACE WAS GOING TO GO, AND SOME DIDN'T BELIEVE HIM, THEY THOUGHT HE WAS TO WRAPPED UP IN THE HEALTH CARE PLAN TO REMEMBER, THE JOKE IS ON THEM, THE ILLINOIS PRISON THING ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN, BECAUSE SOMEONE LET THE GENIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE, LOOSE LIPS DO SINK SHIPS!
THE GOP IS VERY NERVOUS ABOUT THOSE GUYS COMING TO NEW YORK FOR TRIAL, THE CAT IS GOING TO COME OUT OF THE BAG, THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK LIKE SOME BAD GUYS IN COURT, AND THEY DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN, THEY ARE SOME SCARED DUDES!
HAVE YOU NOTICED YOU HAVEN'T HEARD A WORD FROM CHENEY, HE IS SILENT AS A CHURCH MOUSE!

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This page contains a single entry by Lynn Sweet published on November 17, 2009 10:26 AM.

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