In January when Barack Obama announced his intention to close Gitmo within one year, I did a tongue-in-cheek post called A Modest Proposal suggesting the terrorists be sent to Thomson prison, which had been empty since it was built in 2001.
As it turns out, the joke was on me because Thomson has become the leading option to house the Gitmo terrorists.
So far the reaction has been mixed; the locals are thrilled at the prospect of jobs and a boost to their local economy; Dick Durbin announced he was “pleased” with the idea; the US Representative for Thomson, a Republican, says no way; Quinn says he and Durbin will have more to say at a press conference later today.
Earlier this year, Durbin said he thought detainees should only be placed in super-max facilities, which Thomson isn’t, so we’ll have to see how he squares that circle. But the good news is the feds will have to buy Thomson from Illinois, which will give us some much needed cash—though not nearly enough for our dysfunctional state government to become functional.