Everyone’s long held concerns that the Obama administration would use the Thomson prison in Thomson, Illinois, designated AUSP Thomson by the Bureau of Prisons, to hold terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay have been confirmed.
A plan to close Guantanamo Bay and move 50 or so terrorist to other countries and bring 60 or more terrorist into the United States that was first hinted at by White House Press Secretary Josh Ernst on July 22nd. That weekend White House Deputy National Security Advisor Lisa Monaco and Senate Armed Forces Committee chairman [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] both revealed many details of the plan at a national security forum put on by the Aspen Institute.
In a story by Adam Goldman and Missy Ryan at the Washington Post they revealed this week that the Obama administration has for some time been planning to use Thomson as the domestic holding facility for dozens of Guantanamo terrorist. Goldman and Ryan report that a staffer within the Justice Department has been blocking the Obama administrations plans for Thomson noting that the administration had been keeping the Thomson plans from The Justice Department and Bureau of Prisons.
For three weeks Thomson’s Warden Donald Hudson has refused to answer any questions USofArn.com has had concerning the possible use of his facility to hold terrorist. For two weeks the Bureau of Prisons office of public affairs refused to answer any of USofArn.com’s questions as well, finally saying on Wednesday that BoP rejected the notion that there was any plan to use the facility to house terrorist and that it was Bureau of Prisons position to obeyed by congressional prohibitions that prohibit the physical transfer of Guantanamo terrorist into the country and on the use of funds for that purpose.
The Department of Justice’s public affairs office has avoid answering USofArn.com’s questions on Thomson for a week and attempts to reach the White House press office for comment have been unsuccessful.
It is clear that the Obama administration and the Department of Justice, along with the Bureau of Prisons, have no interest in talking about their now outed plan to try to sneak dozens of the worst terrorist in the world into a rural midwestern prison.
The Washington Post’s Missy Ryan told 1440 WROK’s morning show on Wednesday that she believed that the Obama administration was scrambling to find another location for Guantanamo terrorist other than Thomson but that was unlikely given congressional objections to even closing Guantanamo.
It is also entirely possible that an administration that hasn’t followed the rule of law before will overrule this lone DOJ bureaucrat and start trying to bring terrorist into the nations heartland anyway.
At the Aspen Institute event [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ], who is tentatively supportive of the President’s plan to close Guantanamo said that it was an option for the Obama administration to designate all or part of a US prison like Thomson as being under military control for the purpose of housing Guantanamo terrorist.
Spending resolutions and National Defense Authorization Acts have for years, and continue to do so, barred the Obama administration from physically bringing any Guantanamo Bay terrorist into the United States, and on the use of any money for that purpose, or to procure or make ready any prison for that end.
Had the Obama administration gotten its way and moved some Guantanamo terrorist to Thomson they would have willfully broken the law and defied the express will of Congress. In 2012 Attorney General Eric Holder under oath promised that Thomson would never be used for the purpose of housing Guantanamo terrorist.
That promise from Holder and the administration was part of how it was able to spend $185 million to buy the unused prison from the state of Illinois. Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos, whose district includes Thomson, and Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin have been responsible for getting Thomson nearly all of its funding, which includes over $50 million that was tucked away in the CRomnibus spending package. During House debate about that round of funding, and the continuation of Congresses Guantanamo bans, Bustos attacked Republican congresswoman [mc_name name=’Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B001243′ ] and others who were and have been concerned about Thomson’s use as a home for terrorist.
People in the area are right to be concerned about bringing the worlds worst terrorist to a prison a stones throw away from the Mississippi River. There have been multiple terrorism related arrest made in Illinois recently. Earlier this year a Rockford woman and another from the Chicago suburbs were charged along with 4 others in federal court in St. Louis with supplying money and equipment to ISIS terrorist in Syria. Last October a Bolingbrook teen and two of his younger siblings were arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare airport trying to leave the country to go join ISIS. Before that Douglas McCain(no relation to the Senator) who was born in Chicago was killed fighting with ISIS forces in Syria. In March two Aurora cousins were arrested plotting to attack National Guard facilities in the Chicagoland area, one of the cousins was a member of the National Guard. Canadian authorities in February arrested a Geneva woman who was part of a plot to attack a shopping mall. In 2012 a suburban Chicago man was arrested for trying to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar.
And those are the recent cases of terrorism in Illinois that have been made public.
Thomson is some 140 miles west of Chicago. 50 miles north of Iowa’s third largest city of Davenport, and not quite 70 miles southwest of Illinois’ third largest city of Rockford. Several major Interstates are within the region as well as the commercial and recreational traffic on the Mississippi River. By trying to move terrorist to Thomson the Obama administration was and is putting the midwest at the top of the terrorist hit list.
That and more is why the Illinois legislators who represent districts across Northern Illinois have and continue to oppose not only the closure of Guantanamo but the highly probably use of Thomson for housing terrorist.
Republican state Sen. Tim Bivins, Dixon, attempted to halt the sale of Thomson Prison by Gov. Quinn to the federal government to no avail early on. Fellow state Sen. Dave Syverson(R-Rockford) in a statement to USofArn.com that, “I Have always been and will continue to oppose closing Gitmo”. State Rep. Joe Sosnowski(R-Belvidere) echoed that sentiment when asked saying, ” I Oppose the closing too. Gitmo has served our national security needs.” Newly elected state Sen. Neil Anderson(R-Moline) also agrees that closing Guantanamo and bring some of the terrorist into HIS district is a bad idea.
With any luck now that the Obama administrations plans for Thomson have been made public, public uproar and outrage, as well as a heaping helping of congressional inquiries will keep Obama’s plans for Thomson from happening.
Video of [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] at Aspen Institute Saturday July 25th, Guantanamo remarks start at 29:00
cross posted from USofArn.com