In addition to housing foreign detainees, an Illinois state prison could become a site for military trials of those charged with acts of terrorism, the Chicago Tribune reports. As the Obama administration works to identify a detention facility for prisoners transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials also are considering sites to hold military commission trials for some suspects.
The Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois was named last week as a leading option for housing detainees outside of Guantanamo. Critics of the plan to house detainees at Thomson complain that it could mean that prisoners would be shuttled to Rockford and Chicago to face trials in federal district court, causing potential security threats. Some of the detainees are likely to face trial not in federal court, but before military tribunals. One possibility is convening the military commissions in the same location that detainees are being held, such as Thomson.