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The government calls and -- of the most dangerous people on the planet in since President Obama has now promised to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay next year the question is.
What should the government do with hundreds of suspected terrorists being held there well -- certain lawmakers have their way many of the suspected terrorists could end up at the Thomson correctional facility that's in northwestern Illinois.
We have an opportunity to bring thousands of good paying jobs to Illinois when we need him the most.
We have an opportunity to bring them to a part of our state that has been struggling.
And that's an opportunity we're not going to miss.
And that plan has critics very upset here's why the prison is at a 150 miles from Chicago opponents of the plan.
Claim it would make the region less safe and a potential target for terrorists take a listen.
As you raise the profile.
Your community and as she Heidi world.
The benefit that they see an attacking your city.
Now with the busiest airport in the world.
And the tallest building in North America I do not think that we should make Chicago land at the center -- -- attention of the world.
On top of that we're told the Defense Department would operate the prison.
Critics like -- -- something of a Guantanamo Bay north wind -- now from Capitol Hill Illinois democratic senator Dick Durbin.
It's been now pushing for the plan reportedly calling it a dream come true I think those were your words -- senator Durbin pleasure to see you.
You you have argued.
That the federal -- the prison will create as many as 3000 jobs including new businesses created are you certain of those numbers.
And who performed the analysis -- The council of economic advisors -- told us that between.
18100 jobs in the present itself the military side in the Bureau of Prisons and another 12114100.
Supporting that person will be created.
Over 200 million dollars in economic activity each year up to a billion dollars -- for -- period of time.
I wanna tell you many of the critics of this -- have never been to Carroll County had never -- these rural areas of the problems are going through.
These jobs would dramatically change the economy of the area dramatically reducing unemployment.
And senator we're gonna talk in a moment we've congressman Mark Kirk.
Hockey issue go a press release accusing you of misleading the people of Illinois odd jobs -- preying on there.
Economic uncertainty will put on the screen.
Are part of what he wrote the Bureau of Prisons yesterday and -- congressman Don and zillow.
That the plan to move gitmo to Thomson would create only 450.
To 500 jobs -- know hiring preference given.
To local area residents and no hires over the age of 37.
Is that true -- And in fact it's not true the situation is congressman Kirk -- made assertions about presentations.
Of the Guantanamo detainees.
Clearly wrong he did not read the law.
They are not allowed visitors this notion of jihadist followers coming through O'Hare and trekking across Illinois into the camp.
It isn't allowed at Guantanamo it wouldn't be allowed here he was wrong on that.
Here's when it gets down to for the Guantanamo detainees there will be military personnel brought him.
Who will definitely run the military portion of the prison about 45% of it.
For the Bureau of Prisons part of a terrible people people will be hard from the community.
The only preference is not to local residents but to veterans that's the -- -- more -- hope congressman Kirk supports that I do.
Think veterans deserve a preference but the fact is up to 500 local jobs may be more at the prison.
And literally over a thousand outside the prison think of all the realtor selling homes think of the people selling cars appliances.
Grocery shops all of this is economic activity which unfortunately the critics are dismissing.
You've argued that gitmo needs to be closed in part because it's used as jihadist propaganda and recruiting tool.
Well -- the Illinois prison do the same thing maybe more so because it's going to be you located directly.
On American -- Let me just tell you point blank we have al-Qaeda.
Involved terrorists currently in prison in Illinois and know when -- pays any attention to.
They're not a fear factor is we've heard from congressman -- and others what is currently being held at Marion Illinois and no one is even noticed.
The fact that gives these prisoners notoriety is the fact that -- one top level in Cuba.
That's not just my position alone that it should be closed.
President George Bush eight different times said he wanted to close Guantanamo.
General Colin Powell's that if he could close that it would be tomorrow would -- this afternoon now.
Right Robert Gates the secretary of defense General David Petraeus all of called for the closure of Guantanamo those who think they have more intelligence.
Intelligence material than the secretary of defense how to explain how they came across this material that they know better than these people.
Great day I've been talked again a marker it is -- nominee and he said look this 150 miles from Chicago third largest city tallest tower.
The United States.
And I guess I would pick up on that and say well.
All -- take the risk when you can place this in Montana which is not close to any major city what would you say that.
Let me tell -- this is a remote area a 150 miles away from the city of Chicago.
To argue and -- have really have been disappointed that some of the critics are starting to name terrorist targets that they ought to consider in the city of Chicago.
I think that's irresponsible.
But I think we ought to get down to is the reality here.
We have not had a single escape from the super Max facility right none of these detainees will have any visitors the Jihad followers of congress were -- has been talking about.
We have not had an attack on any prison -- we hold over 340.
Terrorists currently in our prisons across America and 35 in Illinois.
And I also -- to get down to this bottom line if -- -- fearful of convicted in prosecuting and incarcerating terrorists that they might retaliate where does that leave us as a nation.
I can or should I gotta go Chamberlain here I gotta go senator Dick Durbin thanks very much coming up we're gonna have the other side of the gitmo prisoner debate from.
Illinois Republican congressman Mark -- Fox News fair -- bounce coming up next.
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