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Visit to Mich. Prison Where Guantanamo Detainees Might be Held Called 'Preliminary'

By Anne E. Kornblut

The White House called a visit Thursday by security officials to a Michigan prison being considered to house Guantanamo detainees "very preliminary" and said no final decision has been made about how to close the military prison in Cuba.

"This is a very preliminary site survey," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "The President intends to maintain and keep his commitment to close Guantanamo in a year."

Obama's pledge to shut Guantanamo down by January 2010 has bumped up against practical realities as officials try to figure out where to house prisoners who cannot be sent to other countries or released.

Administration planners been considering the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the state maximum-security prison in Standish, Mich., which is scheduled to be closed. The visit on Thursday -- which included officials from the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons -- was the first such official site scouting mission.

The group toured the 600-bed maximum-security prison in Standish, about 145 miles northwest of Detroit.

There are 229 detainees still being held at Guantanamo.

By Eric Rich  |  August 13, 2009; 6:03 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , National Security  
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I think many students don't really understand the gravity of the situation in the Middle East, and this is to a great extent because of our "prestigious" professors who are disconnected from reality: http://libertarianorliberal.blogspot.com/2009/08/radicalizing-introductory-college.html

Posted by: Rolibertarian | August 15, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

SISSD1:

Obviously, many have forgotten 9/11.

Posted by: JakeD | August 14, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

i do not uunderstand why anyone would want these murderers in their country never mind their state,we have forgotten 9/11 already,we don`t care about the 5000 plus gi`s are dead because of these people,what about the families of the 9/11 victems and the families of the gi`s why aren`t they allowed to give their opinion about these so called human beings.let us not forget the hundreds of thousands iraqi people who are dead.as you read in the newspapers their are home grown people in this country that are trying to kill us,look at your children and grand children,and ask yourself what would you think if they were murdered by terrorist.

Posted by: SISSD1 | August 14, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

What's next for Gitmo?
Find out at http://gitmotourism.blogspot.com

Posted by: thincaboutit | August 14, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Now that Michigan is in the bidding, could Idaho perhaps use the Federal money? There are some really barren places down near the Utah border, on the nuclear experimental range, that just looking over the wall would scare an escapee into going back to his cell.

Posted by: ceflynline | August 13, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

BULLETIN TO ANNE KORNBLUT:

Torture is also a domestic affair.

Please read this story, and then ask the Obama administration about the deployment of microwave and laser radiation directed energy weapons, and credible reports of Americans being unjustly targeted by government-funded, GPS_activated "community stalking" and directed energy weapons assault.

The last mainstream journalist to ask a high government official about directed energy weapons was Nora O'Donnell, years ago. Former SecDef Rumsfeld danced around the issue and she never got a straight answer.

The weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum is the most momentous development in the history of weapons of mass destruction since the atom bomb.

How about breaking some new ground? Please read this story, by a longtime mainstream journalist who has first-hand knowledge.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 13, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

There you go, Michigan -- congrats on voting for this guy -- when his pals at the ACLU succeed in getting these terrorists released (and no other country wants them back), they will be ready, willing, and able to join up with subversive Muslims in Detroit and elsewhere. Thanks a bunch!

Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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