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Gitmo North Returns: Obama's Shady Prison Deal

By Michelle Malkin · Nov. 30, 2012

If you thought President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had given up on closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing jihadists to American soil, think again. Two troubling developments on the Gitmo front should have every American on edge.

The first White House maneuver took place in October, while much of the public and the media were preoccupied with election news. On Oct. 2, Obama's cash-strapped Illinois pals announced that the federal government bought out the Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million. According to, a recent appraisal put the value of the facility at $220 million.

Democratic Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin led the lobbying campaign for the deal, along with Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who is overseeing an overall $43 billion state budget deficit and scraping for every available penny. The Thomson campus has been an empty Taj Mahal for more than a decade because profligate state officials had no money for operations. Economic development gurus (using the same phony math of federal stimulus peddlers) claim the newly federalized project will bring in $1 billion.

Durbin told a local Illinois paper that “the decision to move ahead came directly from President Barack Obama” and that he had secured the green light during a discussion on Air Force One earlier in the spring. But this gift to Obama's Illinois homeboys wasn't just a run-of-the-mill campaign favor.

Obama's unilateral and unprecedented decision steamrolled over bipartisan congressional opposition to the purchase. That opposition dates back to 2009, when the White House first floated the idea of using Thomson to house jihadi enemy combatants detained in Cuba. As you may recall, the scheme caused a national uproar. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department's budget, blocked the administration from using unspent DOJ funds for the deal. With bipartisan support, Congress passed a law barring the transfer of Gitmo detainees to Thomson or any other civilian prison.

The message was clear: Taxpayers don't want manipulative Gitmo detainees or their three-ring circuses of transnationalist sympathizers and left-wing lawyers on American soil. Period.

But when this imperial presidency can't get its way in the court of public opinion, it simply circumvents the deliberative process. As Wolf noted: The shady deal “directly violates the clear objection of the House Appropriations Committee and goes against the bipartisan objections of members in the House and Senate, who have noted that approving this request would allow Thomson to take precedence over previously funded prisons in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Hampshire.”

Obama and his Illinois gang insist that Thomson will not become Gitmo North. But denial is more than a river in the Muslim Brotherhood's homeland.

The 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America, which spearheaded the movement against shipping jihadi detainees to the mainland, exposed the fine print of the Obama DOJ's deal with the state of Illinois. The purpose of the Thomson facility acquisition, according to the DOJ notice filed in the D.C. courts, included this clause:

“… as well as to provide humane and secure confinement of individuals held under authority of any Act of Congress, and such other persons as in the opinion of the Attorney General of the United States are proper subjects for confinement in such institutions.”

Guess whom that covers? Yup: Gitmo detainees, who are being held under the 2001 congressional act known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Now, bear all this in mind as you consider the second and more recent Gitmo gambit. On Wednesday, in response to a whistleblowing report from Fox News homeland security reporter Catherine Herridge, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released a General Accounting Office report exploring the feasibility of transferring the Gitmo gang to civilian prisons.

Lo and behold, Feinstein concluded, the report “demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperiling our national security.”

The “political will” does not exist now, nor has it ever. But thanks to Obama's sneaky, back-door misappropriation of government funds to buy Thomson, the feds have exactly what they need to fulfill the progressive-in-chief's Gitmo closure promise: a shiny, turnkey palace in crony land tailor-made for union workers, lawyers and terror plotters to call their new home.

When the War on Terror meets the Chicago Way, we all pay.



George Rogers Clark in Ohio said:


Can anyone say, "IMPEACH"??

Is congress going to go into hyper-speed on this one and do something? I simply do not understand how this administration can continue to steamroll our representatives. Why are they allowing BHO to get away with these explicitly singular actions?

Thanks for another good report on an important item.

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

GRC in OH:
Quite simply every politico is out to cover his or her own butt. Oppose the emperor? Why that would be unthinkable.

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

"a shiny, turnkey palace in crony land tailor-made for union workers, lawyers and terror plotters to call their new home."

And a populace living with some of the strictest gun laws in America. Illinois - the only state that does not allow it's citizens to carry in some form or fashion.

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Doctor, What could go wrong? These peaceloving jihadists would be so thankful they would renounce their evil ways and become good citizens of the good old U.S. of A. Nothing like appeasment to get folks to do what you want them to do.

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

I have noted your sarcasm switch as been engaged!

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

Illinois politicians must truly believe the more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals and that ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed. .

One of those Chicago Values you hear so much about is Gun Control. So how is it working? Well the city has seen more than 500 murders this year and its murder rate is currently more than four times New York's.

As you say, Wayne, What could go wrong?

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

ArmyofOne in MN said:

I thought Thomson was built to house Obama and his cohorts before trial and execution...Gitmo residents are basically of the same political party, so what's the difference? Oh, that's right, they are still in control of America! Or is that Obama.nation! It's all Muslim Brotherhood!

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Remember Ahmed Kalfan Ghalaini-OBL's cook and body guard? Back in 1998, he and cohorts, bombed the Khobar Towers, in East Africa. 235 innocents were slaughtered, and some 5000 wounded! The LEFT put him on Civilian trial, here in NYC-result--Only found guilty on one count of murder! EGADS, Patriots!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM

William in Florida said:

Its amazing how Obama cares so much about the very people that are killing us! Its obvious this is going to be the new terrorist country club! Are they going on Obamacare also?
My mistake, Obama would never put the terrorists under such abuse as Obamacare!!!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 6:23 AM