Creating a 'Gitmo North' an Alarming Step, Says ACLU

The creation of a 'Gitmo North' in Illinois is hardly a meaningful step forward. Shutting down Guantánamo will be nothing more than a symbolic gesture if we continue its lawless policies onshore.

//www.aclu.org/national-security/creating-gitmo-north-alarming-step-says-aclu



Torture suit too hot to be heard, U.S. says

A lawsuit accusing a Bay Area flight-planning company of aiding an alleged CIA program of kidnapping and torturing terror suspects threatens national security and is too sensitive to discuss fully in a public courtroom, an Obama administration attorney argued Tuesday.

//www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/12/16/BA6H1B4L3P.DTL


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Thomson Correctional Center to House Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Mary Susan Littlepage, Truthout: "President Barack Obama has directed the federal government to buy the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois, to house Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainees. News of the arrangement leaked out last week in a confidential memo obtained by the web site Big Government, and it became official on Tuesday."

//www.truthout.org/1216093

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Relocating Gitmo

CounterPunch
by Paul Craig Roberts

12/22/09

Obama’s dwindling band of true believers has taken heart that their man has finally delivered on one of his many promises–the closing of the Guantanamo prison. But the prison is not being closed. It is being moved to Illinois, if the Republicans permit. In truth, Obama has handed his supporters another defeat. Closing Guantanamo meant ceasing to hold people in violation of our legal principles of habeas corpus and due process and ceasing to torture them in violation of US and international laws. All Obama would be doing would be moving 100 people, against whom the US government is unable to bring a case, from the prison in Guantanamo to a prison in Thomson, Illinois...

//counterpunch.org/roberts12222009.html



Serious problems with Obama’s plan to move Guantanamo to Illinois

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington

12/21/09

Last Tuesday, in a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, five senior Obama administration officials — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano — announced that ‘the president has directed, with our unanimous support, that the federal government proceed with the acquisition’ of Thomson Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison about 150 miles north-west of Chicago, to house prisoners from Guantanamo...

//www.fff.org/comment/com0912h.asp



Guantanamo prison may “have” to stay open until 2011

Houston Chronicle

12/23/09

President Barack Obama’s commitment to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by next month may be delayed until 2011 because it will take months for the government to buy an Illinois prison and upgrade it to hold suspected terrorists. The drawn-out construction timetable shows the political risk of Obama’s pledge, a delay that could even be extended by congressional opposition to funding the purchase and upgrades for the Thomson Correctional Center, an underused state facility about 150 miles west of Chicago...

//tinyurl.com/ygbsu7d


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Obama Could Solve The Gitmo Closure Problem; Try Suspects In Civilian Court, Or Release
//www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/12/23-5



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