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Obama White House reaffirms Thomson purchase for Guantanamo detainees

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WASHINGTON--If there was any doubt--the Obama White House reaffirmed Thursday plans to buy a near empty state prison in Thomson, Ill, whether or not terrorists will be transferred there from Guantanamo Bay military prison.

The Obama administration's Justice Departmant "would be seeking to purchase the facility in Thomson even if detainees were not being considered for transfer there," Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch wrote in a letter to Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.).
However, Welch said the facility is being acquired "to fulfill both of the goals of reducing federal prison overcrowding and transferring a limited number of detainees out of Guantanamo."

Thomson is in Manzullo's district and the lawmaker has been trying to convince the Obama White House to buy Thomson to house just high security federal prisoners--not Guantanamo detainees.

The Justice Department request for $237 million to buy, activate and operate Thomson is in the fiscal 2011 budget now pending before Congress.

Thomson is in Manzullo's district and the lawmaker has been trying to convince the Obama White House to buy Thomson to house just high security federal prisoners--not Guantanamo detainees.

The Justice Department request for $237 million to buy, activate and operate Thomson is in the fiscal 2011 budget now pending before Congress.

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Oh my, a financial bailout for Illinois from Obama by buying a correctional white elephant? Couldn't be...right? Beneath contempt, the lot.

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