Mr. Obama wants Michigan to bail his sorry arse out. From the Politico
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said today that he's not aware of federal officials having visited any potential sites for Guantanamo detainees other than a Standish, Mich., state prison slated for closure if it doesn't find new business.
"I've no information that — that we have done a site visit or an evaluation anywhere other than the facility at Standish," Gibbs said at the daily White House briefing for reporters.
There has been speculation that the White House'task force has also considered putting Guantanamo prisoners and perhaps a special military court, too, at the Army's jail in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., the Navy's brig in Charleston, S.C., or a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo. Standish is the only locally run facility on that list. Officials at the federal sites referred questions to the White House.
Standish is a small town in Michigan about 30 miles north of Bay City near Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron). Some consider it part of the Bay City area. Some consider it North Michigan. It's a rural area.
Standish Prison Information.
The level V perimeter is protected by 16-foot high double chain link fences topped with razor-ribbon wire, which are monitored with state-of-the-art electronic detection systems. There are five gun towers that overlook the interior of the facility and provide perimeter security. A patrol vehicle with armed personnel constantly patrols the prison perimeter.
Is that good enough for the worst prisoners in Gitmo? The other argument is jobs. If the feds are put in charge, are they going to hire local prison guards, or move their people to the area?
I don't like this for several reasons.
1. Logistics. Easy access to Lake Huron and from there, Canada, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland.
2. Not heavily defended.
3. Too close to home.
4. Bails out Obama's rash decision.
5. It's not a Supermax prison.