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Drew Griffin | BIO
CNN Investigative Correspondent
No one is suggesting any of the bad guys being held in the Federal SuperMax Prison outside Florence, Colorado could ever escape. But then no one ever thought anyone being held in SuperMax could have been running criminal enterprises, either.
Still, federal prosecutors say it happened. SuperMax, according to a 2006 report by the Inspector General of the Bureau of Prisons, was "unable to effectively monitor the mail of terrorist and other high-risk inmates in order to detect and prevent terrorism and criminal activities."
Since we first aired our report about this in 2006, the Bureau of Prisons says the security gap, at least for terrorists, has been closed. We are told 100 percent of terrorist mail and 100 percent of terrorist phone calls are now being monitored.
But the fact that at one time, 100 percent of terrorist phone calls and terrorist mail was not being monitored maybe exactly why even his allies in the U.S. Senate want to make sure they know where President Obama wants to keep the Guantanamo Bay detainees, before they shut it down.
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