December 14, 2009
BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief
WASHINGTON -- The White House will announce Tuesday that President Obama will seek to acquire the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois to house detainees now held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
I reported in Saturday's editions of the Sun-Times that the Obama administration had settled on the nearly vacant Thomson and would be making the announcement soon.
Obama has directed the federal government proceed with the acquisition of Thomson to house federal inmates and a "limited number" of detainees from Guantanamo Bay Military prison in Cuba to be housed in a facility operated by the Department of Defense.
Closing the deal is essential to protect national security and
"Closing the detention center at Guantanamo is essential to protecting our national security and helping our troops by removing a deadly recruiting tool from the hands of Al Qaeda. Tomorrow's announcement is an important step forward as we work to achieve our national security objectives," an official said in a statement.