U.S. to transfer Guantanamo detainees to an Illinois prison

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The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will move some terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in a remote Illinois farming town, and pledged that the new site will be “the most secure facility in the nation.”

In a letter addressed to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, administration officials confirmed that the government would acquire the eight-year-old Thomson Correctional Center, about 150 miles west of Chicago, to house detainees from Guantanamo. The Justice Department will use part of the facility to house federal inmates, while the Defense Department will use part to house a “limited number” of Guantanamo detainees. Washington Post

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