Draft Memo Reveals Plans to Move Gitmo Detainees to Thomson, Ill.
Monday, December 14, 2009 at 8:55 am
Conservative bloggers were abuzz over the weekend over a leaked memo that appeared to show President Obama has decided to send all Guantanamo Bay detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center in Northwest Illinois “as expeditiously as possible.”
In fact, it turned out that the memo was a draft from the Justice Department prepared for the president, as Andrew McCarthy at National Review acknowledged in an update of his earlier breathless post. That post relied on a post from Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government site, which obtained a copy of the leaked memo and posted it.
To McCarthy, who is not one to shrink from a little fearmongering, the notion of transferring to Illinois all those Gitmo detainees who’ve been imprisoned for up to eight years without charge on an island prison created precisely to deny them the right to a fair trial is “an outrage. It will inevitably result in trained terrorists being released in the United States — bank on it.”
In his update, McCarthy sheepishly acknowledges that an administration official told ABC News, which bothered to contact the administration about the document, that the memo “is a draft, predecisional document that lawyers at various agencies were drafting in preparation for a potential future announcement about where to house GTMO detainees.”
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