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The White House is quietly (until now) dividing the GOP on closing down Gitmo…..

It appears that the White House is holding negotiations with Se. Linsey Graham of South Carolina…about what to do with the Guantanamo Bay faclitiy….and possibly opening a Federal Prison in Illinois…..and some other Republicans have been shut out and don’t like it…….

From The Hill…..

Talks between Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and the White House on closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba are angering House Republicans who oppose any transfer of detainees to U.S. soil.

Graham, who supports closing the prison as long as doing so does not compromise national security, earlier this week acknowledged that he has held a series of meetings and had phone calls with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel over the last several weeks over the issue.

Graham wants to establish a new national security court where most of the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees could be tried. In the talks with Emanuel, he also has expressed a willingness to extend some habeas corpus rights to prisoners detained on terrorism charges.

He’s also discussed the need to rewrite a “rule of law” statute that would ensure some logical process for detaining terrorism suspects that would also provide oversight and judicial recourse.

The Graham-Emanuel talks have unnerved Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), the senior Republican on the House intelligence committee.

“I think it’s crazy to be negotiating with the White House on this,” said Hoekstra, a vocal critic of transferring detainees to U.S. soil.

He and other House Republicans are worried that Graham will agree to throw his political support behind Obama’s plans to move detainees to a prison facility in Thomson, Ill., in return for forging a deal with the White House on a new national security court system.

“Lindsey didn’t want the detainees in South Carolina when it was under consideration,” Hoekstra noted. “This is a state and local decision, and a decision about whether they should go to Illinois ought to be left to the people of Illinois.”

Rep. Don Manzullo (R), who represents the district where the Thomson facility is located, was equally adamant.

“If Lindsey Graham is involved in talks about moving detainees to Illinois, I hope he would talk to me first,” he said.

As the chief architect of 2006 and 2009 legislation creating military commissions, Graham’s views could carry significant political weight.


February 25, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, September 11, Updates | , ,

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