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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Government Considers Locations for an All-Purpose "Terrorist" Detention Center/Court

Michigan prison may hold Guantanamo Bay detainees | | Detroit Free Press
Sen. Carl Levin confirmed today that Obama administration officials are considering the soon-to-be-closed maximum security prison in Standish as one of several possible locations to hold suspected terrorists now being detained at the much-maligned Guantanamo Bay camp in Cuba.

A White House official said no decisions have been made about how to house terror suspects in the United States once Guantanamo closes in January and declined to comment on whether the Standish prison -- marked for closure in a recent round of consolidations and budget cuts by Gov. Jennifer Granholm -- was under consideration.

The Associated Press reported today that Standish and its 604 beds in a maximum security setting was being considered as was the 134-year-old military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The AP cited several senior level U.S. officials as its sources; Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said through his office today that he had heard Standish was a consideration.

The senator said through his spokeswoman that such a plan should be considered -- as a means toward keeping jobs in the state which would otherwise be lost -- if state and local officials are supportive.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to the report.

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