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.
August 13, 2009; 6:03 PM ET
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