The mastermind behind the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans and who personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terrorist detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba may soon be sent by President Obama directly into the heart of the country; Thomson Correctional Facility in Thomson, IL near the Mississippi River.
On Thursday an unidentified Obama administration official said that President Obama was moving forward with his long-standing desire to close the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and send the terrorist held there to other locations.
President Barack Obama is moving ahead with his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison despite the uproar over the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for a captured American soldier, an administration official said Thursday.
The government has been working to reduce a backlog of prisoners already approved after a security review for transfer to their homeland or repatriation elsewhere, the official told reporters.
The official said a "significant number" of prisoners are on their way toward release, but he declined to say precisely how many or when they would leave Guantanamo
On President Obama's first day in office he signed an executive order demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay. That effort has been block by Congress which has kept the terrorist prison open.
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.
The prospect of Thomson prison opening soon, possibly to terrorist war criminals like KSM, is extremely troubling given the details surrounding the release of five senior Taliban commanders in exchange for Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
In making the deal for Bergdahl's release, President Obama and his administration openly and knowingly violated federal law that requires Congress be notified 30 days before the transfer or release of any detainee at Guantanamo. As well as violating US policy not to negotiate with terrorist. Then there is that whole aiding and abiding terrorism thing.
If the President is willing to break the law on that accord, a law that he objected to in a signing statement when he signed it into law, then there is nothing stopping him from ignoring other statues that have been passed by Congress that prohibit the movement of terrorist detainees into the country which he has also objected to.
A lawless President that has rewritten vast chunks of Obamacare, unilaterally altered work to welfare, and granted amnesty to at least a million illegal immigrants by executive fiat, will not let Congress get in the way of his long-standing desire to close Guantanamo Bay or move some terrorist to the United States.
"The whole motivation here is the president wants to shut that [prison] down. … It fits right in with what the president has been trying to do on Gitmo since before he was president."-Sen. Jim Inhofe(R-OK)
Members of Congress like Texas Senator Ted Cruz understand the dangers that President Obama's actions in regards to the Bergdahl for Taliban 5 deal has for the other detainees at Guantanamo and the prospects that some of them might come to the Midwest. Hence, Senator Cruz has announced that in the coming days he will introduce legislation to block the transfer of all Guantanamo detainees until a review of the Bergdahl deal is conducted and congressional oversight over the fate of Guantanamo detainees can be properly established.
The full Senate is set to vote on the funding to open Thomson Prison soon and there is little time to stop it. Efforts by congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Frank Wolf of Virginia to stop the funding of Thomson Prison failed thanks in no small measure to the members of the Illinois delegation including Tammy Duckworth and Peter Roskam both on the Benghazi select committee, and Adam Kizninger a GOP establishment mouth piece and Iraq and Afghan war veteran.
As much as the people of the rural area of Thomson, Illinois would like the roughly 1,000 jobs the prison would bring, and there is nothing wrong with opening the prison as a federal prison, now is not the appropriate time to do so given the very real prospects that some of the worst mass murders in the world could be sent there.
These concerns don't seem to matter much to the congressional representative for the Thomson Prison area, Democrat freshman congresswoman Cheri Bustos who called the efforts to block the funding for Thomson Prison by Blackburn and Wolf "misguided" and "reckless" in an email to constituents.
For far too long, Thomson Correctional Facility in Thomson, Illinois, has sat vacant and unused. It is estimated that the opening of this facility would create over 1,100 jobs in our state, save our hard-earned tax dollars and improve safety for prison guards by relieving overcrowding.
I have fought tirelessly to move this project forward after years of roadblocks and delays, and celebrated the April announcement that hiring has finally begun for the prison.
Last week, a Congresswoman from Tennessee attempted to roll back the progress we’ve made by introducing an amendment to block Thomson prison’s opening and operation. This misguided attempt to stall recent progress was also supported by the same Virginia Congressman responsible for the political games that left this state-of-the-art facility vacant for years.
However, the reckless efforts of these two out-of-state lawmakers proved no match for the cooperation and hard work of the Illinois delegation.
"This(Blackburn amendment) was a ridiculously misguided attempt to continue a game of politics..."-Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL)
The areas former congressman, Republican Bobby Schilling, who will face Bustos in a rematch in the November election, had been one of the key figures in making sure that Thomson Prison was never home to terrorist.
In 2012 Schilling said that, "Thomson Correctional Facility should not be used for detainees is well established. Congress has clearly and repeatedly enacted laws through the Defense Authorization and Appropriations process that bar the use of funds to transfer or release Guantanamo detainees into the United State." The former congressman added at the time, "Unfortunately, the Administration is on record opposing these funding prohibitions. t is troubling that the Administration has previously tried to bring these Guantanamo detainees to Illinois. Furthermore, the Obama Administration continues to oppose Congressional efforts to prevent this transfer. This opposition raises concerns about the Administration’s future plans for these detainees."
It is absolutely unconscionable that the likes of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed could end up living in our backyard.
And what of the nightmare scenarios like having to have a manhunt in the cornfield of Iowa and Illinois looking for escaped terrorist like KSM or the shoe bomber Richard Reid because there was a prison break.
Who really wants a city like Chicago, St. Louis, the Quad Cites, or Des Moines held hostage by terrorist threatening to launch say a dirty bomb attack only holding off on doing so in the hopes of freeing their terrorist brothers from Thomson.
We already know that the terrorist have been emboldened by President Obama's release of the Taliban 5, promising more kidnappings, which is has put American soldiers at risk on the front lines. We also know that the Taliban commanders that were released are also already planning to rejoin the Jihad and fight Americans.
So what would stop them from trying to recreate a plot line from 24 on the innocent people of the Midwest in the hopes of helping KSM and the other Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders that could end up in a prison outside of a rural town that would make most people think it was a throw back to the days of Mark Twain.
In order to keep middle America the nice place that it is to live, we have to stop the opening of Thomson Prison until real safeguards are put in place making sure that it will NEVER be used to house terrorist like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and that can never truly be guaranteed so long as Barack Obama is President.
(Cross posted from USofArn.com)