The Obama administration said yesterday it will move some Guantanamo Bay detainees to an Illinois prison and hold U.S. military commission trials there in plans immediately criticized as risky by Republicans.


President Barack Obama’s top national security aides said in a letter that the U.S. government will proceed with buying the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois and bolstering security at it to house “a limited number of detainees from Guantanamo” as well as other federal inmates.


The administration plans to expand the security perimeter of the facility, make it the most secure in the country and hold U.S. military commission trials inside its walls.