Gitmo Detainees Awaiting Move to Prison in Thomson, Illinois
September 11th mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be moving to America’s Heartland in Thompson, Illinois. In December 2009, hundreds of concerned citizens gathered in Sterling, IL to protest the possible transfer of Gitmo detainees to Thomson Prison in Illinois. But on Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved nearly $60 million for the activation of a federal prison in Thomson.
Since 2009 the Obama administration has been moving forward with the purchase and opening of the Thomson Correctional Facility in Thomson, Illinois. The fear of many residents, gold star families, and members of Congress has been that President Obama would use the prison, in the state he was once a Senator from, to hold some of the terrorist that have been held at Guantanamo Bay. The federal government since bought the prison from the state of Illinois for $165 million
Last Friday more than $50 million in funding passed the House to remodel and set the final stages for the opening of Thomson prison. This past Friday the funding measure passed out of Senate committee and now heads to the full Senate for a final vote before heading to President Obama’s desk.