The Obama administration is looking at creating a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. to house suspected terrorists, combining military and civilian detention facilities at a single maximum-security prison, the Associated Press is reporting.
Administration officials said the new prison will be set-up at a soon-to-be-shuttered state maximum security prison in Michigan and the military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The AP reports the courtroom-within-a-prison complex will be for the 229 suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters now jailed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, that is to say the dirt farmers and cab drivers abducted and held in violation of international law for nearly a decade.
As many as an estimated 170 of the detainees now at Guantanamo are unlikely to be prosecuted. Some are being held indefinitely because government officials do not want to take the chance of seeing them acquitted in a trial. The rest are considered candidates for release, but the U.S. cannot find foreign countries willing to take them. Almost all have yet to be charged with crimes, the AP continues.
Fort Leavenworth Prison has a population of nearly 2,000 people (with a capacity of 1,197).
It is not explained if the current population consisting largely of gang members from the likes of the Aryan Brotherhood, Bloods, Crips, and the El Rukns will be moved and the prison dedicated to housing terrorists. The Standish prison in Michigan holds 4,600 inmates.
The Obama administration and the AP do not explain why two prisons with the capacity to hold nearly 7,000 prisoners are required that is unless they plan to abduct a few thousand more people.
Since the false flag attacks of 9/11, the government has increasingly portrayed the terrorist threat as coming from white al-Qaeda (consider the current case in North Carolina) and rightwing extremists, as characterized by the Department of Homeland Security.
The facility would operate as a hybrid prison system jointly operated by the Justice Department, the military and the Department of Homeland Security, notes the AP. (Infowars, 8.02.2009)