Leaked memo: Gitmo detainees to be transferred to Illinois prison

posted at 8:43 pm on December 11, 2009 by Allahpundit

Another scoop for Breitbart, but with a caveat. The One’s team insists that the memo’s only a draft, even if it does just so happen to jibe with news reports from last month.

“This is a draft, predecisional document that lawyers at various agencies were drafting in preparation for a potential future announcement about where to house GTMO detainees,” the administration official said. “Drafts of official documents are often prepared for any and all possibilities, regardless of whether a decision has been made about the policy or if the document will be used.”…

The leaked memo was met with approval by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn, both Democrats, even as they acknowledged that the decision is not yet final.

“As we have said many times, this move will have an enormous impact on our state – potentially generating up to 3,800 jobs and potentially injecting more than $1 billion into the regional economy,” the two said in a statement. “This is an opportunity to dramatically reduce unemployment, create thousands of good-paying jobs and breathe new economic life into this part of downstate Illinois.”

Yes, no doubt the locals will be thrilled, but frankly the location’s a no-brainer: The only politician in America who could force this onto his home state with little fear of a NIMBY backlash is Obama himself. As for why it’s a draft instead of a final order, there’s an explanation for that too. Last month Congress agreed to lift the ban on transporting Gitmo detainees to the United States — but only for those, like KSM, who are here to stand trial. What about those who aren’t?

The White House told Illinois lawmakers last week that the detainees who wind up in the Illinois Gitmo will not be tried in federal courtrooms in Chicago. Rather, the group that may end up at the Thomson Correction Center in northwestern Illinois may never face trial.

No trial, no entry to the United States under current law. Obama’s going to have to get Congress to change that policy before anyone is transferred, but will they do it? Republicans will oppose transfer to the U.S. under any circumstances and progressive Democrats may oppose it in this case because they object to indefinite detention without trial on civil liberties grounds. Ironically, for all his bluster about holding ourselves to a “higher code of conduct,” the fact that his own code isn’t high enough in liberal eyes could create a giant headache for him.


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What, no more palm trees and tropical breezes? Where’s my lawyer.

Kissmygrits on December 12, 2009 at 9:19 AM

john1schn on December 11, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Excellent observation. Under Federal prison guidelines, assuming they will be followed, these detainees will have the right to up to ten visitors each visiting day. The networking possibilities will be endless.

sgt_rich on December 12, 2009 at 10:27 AM

For a man whose campaign was run on the internal motto of “no drama”, it’s incredible how his administration has created nothing but over the last ten months.

Track-A-'Crat on December 12, 2009 at 11:07 AM

As long as they are going to be moved, house them on the old Tony Rezko property.

diogenes on December 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Gee, they gonna open a pizzeria up there?

Sans pepperoni and ham of course.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

As long as they are going to be moved, house them on the old Tony Rezko property.

diogenes on December 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Zero owns an adjacent lot to his house I heard he got a pretty “sweet” deal on. Maybe he can sacrifice that “for the greater good.”

Joe Caps on December 12, 2009 at 12:04 PM

The detainees have to be removed from GITMO as a prelude to giving Guantanamo back to the Cuba.

davod on December 12, 2009 at 1:25 PM

That’s about one job for each American killed on 9-11.

LASue on December 12, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Why move the bastards to Illinois when we could take Sarah Palin’s suggestion to send them to that abandoned base in the Aleutians? Wouldn’t even need guards.

LarryG on December 12, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I’m I missing something? How does moving prisoners from Gitmo that is being paid by tax dollars, to Illinois that is being paid by tax dollars? All you did is re-locate the jobs.

Electrongod on December 11, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Step 1: Transfer prisoners
Step 2: ????
Step 3: Jobs!

RINO in Name Only on December 12, 2009 at 2:32 PM

I’m pretty sure we the taxpayers paid a bundle to fix up Gitmo when they opened it up for the prisoners, now we will be paying again to turn another prison into Club Gitmo II with all the comforts and special menus, etc. that these scum require. Makes perfect sense in Democrat world.

silvernana on December 12, 2009 at 4:18 PM

I think they should fly them out on Air Force One.

JeffinOrlando on December 12, 2009 at 5:55 PM

OOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Does this mean Obama is going to flaunt his law degree?
I just gotta see this joke play out!

Cybergeezer on December 12, 2009 at 6:54 PM

“As we have said many times, this move will have an enormous impact on our state – potentially generating up to 3,800 jobs and potentially injecting more than $1 billion into the regional economy,

WTF ,,3,800 jobs to guard 100+ prisoners???,,,must be “union” jobs, ONE TO WORK AND 5 TO WATCH,,,HOPEY-CHANGEY ALRIGHT,,OH, I FORGOT,,CHI-POLITICS

AMERICAN VETERAN on December 12, 2009 at 7:10 PM

EXECUTE THE MOOOOSLUM TERRORIST AND TAXPAYERS ARE ONLY OUT $200 BUCKS

AMERICAN VETERAN on December 12, 2009 at 7:12 PM

THATS FUNNY,,,, DON’T FORGET, MR. HOPEY CHANGEY WAS A “LAW PROFESSOR” WADDA JOKE
OOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Does this mean Obama is going to flaunt his law degree?
I just gotta see this joke play out!

Cybergeezer on December 12, 2009 at 6:54 PM

AMERICAN VETERAN on December 12, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Obama must personally sign and approve the transfer of these confessed terrorist abnormal combatants from military to civilian custody.

So this Plan is the Boy-Idiot In Chief’s doing, ~decisively, entirely, initially and ultimately.

A mad decision.

Cerifiably.

Or the act of a socio-political saboteur.

(Is Obama a global anarchist at heart?)

profitsbeard on December 12, 2009 at 7:39 PM

This is great. If they are assholes this will be real punishment… solitary confinement. They are murdering criminals… they are not soldiers of any kind. Fuck’em.

lexhamfox on December 13, 2009 at 2:12 AM

Load em all on a plane to Illinois, route it through the Bermuda Triangle, it disappears…………problem solved and a great “what the!!!” happens. Fun for all.

jims on December 13, 2009 at 6:56 AM

This will done in time for them to vote in the 2010 elections.

DRH on December 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM

This is gonna go over well. I can’t wait for us to take The One’s former Senate seat.

t.ferg on December 13, 2009 at 9:40 PM

But but he’s gonna get all that money for his state (friends). You know what a wonderful idea it is to bring them all to the middle of our country. Gee, and some don’t think this is all intentional? OVERWELM the system?

conmo on December 13, 2009 at 11:04 PM

This is a draft, predecisional document that lawyers at various agencies were drafting in preparation for a potential future announcement

Talk about fear of commitment! A draft, predecisional document in preparation of a potential…

taznar on December 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM

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