Thomson Prison: U.S. To Buy Facility Even If Guantanamo Terrorists Not Held There

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Obama administration plans to buy a state prison in rural Thomson, Ill. regardless of whether Congress allows terrorist suspects to be transferred there, a Department of Justice official said today.

In a letter to a member of the Illinois delegation to Congress, Asst. Atty. Gen. Ronald Weich spelled out the administration's intent to go ahead with plans to buy the near-empty Thomson prison, even if lawmakers refuse to approve it as a new home for detainees at the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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