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Guantanamo prison unlikely to close anytime soon

Obama’s plan to move the detainees to U.S. soil hits financial, political snags


Barack Obama’s plan to move Guantanamo detainees out of the controversial prison and into a nearly vacant maximum-security prison in Illinois prison has hit a snag. As it stands, the Federal Bureau of Prisons does not currently have the $150 million they need to take over the Thomson Correctional Center and a White House bid to add an extra $200 million to its budget was recently derailed by Democrats wary of endorsing the politically-sensitive measure. Problem is, the next available opportunity to do so may not come until late 2010. Even then, significant challenges would remain. Retrofitting the prison to hold the Guantanamo detainees could add another eight to 10 months, meaning the prisoner transfers aren’t likely to happen until 2011 at the earliest—if they are to happen at all. Further complicating matters, both Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain skeptical and could campaign against housing the detainees on U.S. soil come the 2010 mid-term elections.

New York Times

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Guantanamo prison unlikely to close anytime soon

  1. "Guantanamo prison unlikely to close anytime soon"
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    "US has soldiers on the ground in Pakistan"
    "US violates Venezuelan airspace"
    "US deficit $1.4 trillion"
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    Now that's change you can believe in!!

  2. Snags also include Obama needing support from the military!

  3. yes we can – no he won't

  4. Perhaps GM could ummm… diversify, they seem to have no trouble getting billions from those dastardly politicians that are foiling Obama's attempts to 'do the right thing'…