Was on a background conference call about the plan to transfer detainees from Guantanamo to Thomson. Wrote it up. Here’s what I got:

The facility will be for a “limited number” of detainees, a senior administration official told reporters, for those “who would face trial [in] military commissions.” A different official clarified that “I think the plan would be to hold the military commissions at Thomson.”

But Thomson will not be a way station for out-processing Guantanamo detainees back to their home countries. Nor will it house detainees who will face prosecutions in federal court — those detainees will be transferred the jurisdictions trying them. Finally, a senior administration official said that while “notionally” it could house detainees for indefinite or preventive detention — the so-called “Fifth Category” of detainees who the administration contends cannot be tried in any forum nor responsibly released — the administration has not yet identified any detainees who fall into that category. Accordingly, neither official told reporters how many detainees at Guantanamo it had identified for transfer to Thomson, saying the process of review remains ongoing.

There’s more, particularly about the conditions in which detainees will be held, so read the whole thing if you don’t mind. I’m about to go on Warren Olney’s show to discuss something different, but I note before I leave that Amnesty’s take is ain’t nothin changing about GTMO except the zip code.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman