Feds to Open New Supermax Prison Cells at "Gitmo North"

Even as it announces a review and reduction of its solitary confinement practices, the¬†U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed to Solitary Watch that¬†a¬†newly acquired prison ln Illinois will hold federal prisoners in supermax¬†conditions. “Thomson will be a high security prison holding inmates with various security needs, including SMU¬†and ADX type inmates,” said BOP spokesperson Chris Burke […]

Obama's Plan Is the "Wrong Way to Close Guantanamo," Groups Warn

Part of Obama’s plan for fulfilling¬†his campaign promise to close Guantanamo¬†calls for¬†moving a piece of the notorious detention camp, virtually intact,¬†onto mainland American soil.¬†In a¬†letter sent to members of Congress this week,¬†a¬†coalition including the ACLU,¬† Amnesty International USA, and the Center for Constitutional Rights¬†warned against¬†this¬†portion of¬†the White House¬†plan for¬†Gitmo detainees, which the groups believe “could […]

If You Build It, They Will Come: Obama Commits to Gitmo North

The federal government confirmed on Thursday that it¬†plans to buy Thomson Correction Center. Obama has long envisioned the state prison in rural Illinois as a new home for the¬†detainees from the so-called war on terror who are currently¬†housed at Guantanamo¬†Bay.¬†But it is quite possible that no Gitmo¬†residents will ever live there.¬† According to Lynn Sweet’s […]