Bureau Of Prisons Shoots Down AP Report On Hardin As Gitmo Site

The Bureau of Prisons is not looking at the empty jail in Hardin, Montana — which was recently at the center of the American Police Force con — as a potential site for Guantanamo inmates, contrary to an AP report today, a spokesperson for the bureau tells TPMmuckraker.“We do not have any information that a facility in Montana is being considered for a BOP facility,” spokesman Edmund Ross told us. “We’re looking at the Thomson facility in Illinois.”

In a story today about a visit by federal officials to the Thomson prison in rural Illinois, the AP reported that the Hardin jail, which has been empty since it was completed in 2007, is being examined by federal officials as a place to house Gitmo detainees.

Reached today by TPMmuckraker, Hardin official Al Peterson said he had not heard of any communication with officials from the Bureau of Prisons, which is part of the Justice Department. The AP report is “complete news to me,” he said.