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AP source: Obama officials to tour Michigan prison

The Obama administration is sending a team to inspect a maximum-security prison in Michigan that could be used to hold terrorism suspects now being held at Guantanamo Bay.

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, the United States Disciplinary Barracks is seen on the north edge of Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The Obama administration is looking at creating a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. to house suspected terrorists, combining military and civilian detention facilities at a single maximum-security prison. Several senior U.S. officials said the administration is eyeing a soon-to-be-shuttered state maximum security prison in Michigan and the 134-year-old military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as possible locations for a heavily guarded site to hold the 229 suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters now jailed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Obama administration is sending a team to inspect a maximum-security prison in Michigan that could be used to hold terrorism suspects now being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Representatives of the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security departments are expected to be along for the tour of the state prison in Standish, about 145 miles north of Detroit.

The Standish facility and a military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are among sites being considered to house detainees if the prison in Cuba is closed by next year, as President Barack Obama has ordered.

Guantanamo Bay now holds 229 suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters.

Some Standish residents want the prison to stay open, but are skittish about having suspected terrorists in their small, relatively rural town.

A local businessman says, "there's a difference between a homegrown criminal and a jihadist." He says their presence could make the area a terrorist target.


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