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Justice Dept: We’re Still Buying Replacement for Guantanamo

Apparently Robert Gibbs wasn’t playing. After the House Armed Services Committee expressly forbade the Defense Department from spending any money to purchase

Tyrese Griffin
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jun 22, 2010

Apparently Robert Gibbs wasn’t playing. After the House Armed Services Committee expressly forbade the Defense Department from spending any money to purchase the Thomson Corrections Center in Illinois, the linchpin of President Obama’s pledge to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, the White House press secretary said the administration could still authorize the Justice Department to buy the estimated $350 million prison from the state of Illinois. And that appears to be in play.

Christi Parsons reports for the Chicago Tribune:

Writing to members of the Illinois delegation in Congress, Asst. Atty. Gen. Ronald Weich reaffirmed the administration’s “commitment to acquiring the facility this year,” and provided details about steps planned for the next few months.

The Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons plans to hire and train employees while other administration officials “work with Congress to obtain authorization and funding for a portion of the Thomson facility,” Weich wrote in the letter, obtained by the Tribune Washington bureau.

No timetable for the purchase, though. Will Obama punt on this until after the midterm elections?

Tyrese Griffin | Tyrese started her education in the performing arts at the prestigious Alexander Hamilton Academy in Los Angeles. She returned to civilian life after serving in the United States Army as a tracked vehicle operator, and started writing short stories and screenplays, as well as directing short films and music videos. She has published six novels, which have sold over 200,000 copies, as well as audiobooks and short stories for anthologies, and has earned several awards.

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