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Hoax - Obama's Cook County Correctional Center

Message that features a series of photographs depicting a luxuriously appointed prison claims that the pictures show the Cook County Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois, a project brought to fruition by Barack Obama.

Brief Analysis
The photographs are genuine and they do depict a prison. However, the prison is located in Austria, not the United States as claimed in the message and it was built back in 2005. And, the project has no connection whatsoever to Barack Obama. There is no Cook County prison facility like the one shown in these photographs. The same images have circulated in entirely different contexts for several years.

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Last updated: October 8, 2012
First published: October 8, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Subject: Guess what this is. (Sit down when you find out!!)?

Can you figure it out on the first photo or second or third or, do you have to wait till the fourth? It may take a while for it to sink in . .

New Prison 1

New Prison 2

New Prison 3

New Prison 4

New Prison 5

New Prison 6

New Prison 7

New Prison 8

New Prison 9

IT IS . . .
The New Cook County Correctional Center in Chicago , Illinois

New Prison 10

And yeah, they can also choose from the menu.

Who was the US Senator who helped arrange the funds to build this beautiful "punishment center"?

Yes, it was Senator Obama!

No wonder he sees nothing wrong with the wasted spending in his "Stimulus Plan". This is where the Administration plans on putting the terrorists from Gitmo, and we have Americans living in cardboard boxes on the streets that have never killed anyone. Nothing makes sense anymore.

How 's that compare with "Sheriff Joe 's" prison in Arizona ?



Detailed Analysis
This widely circulated message claims that attached photographs of a sleek modern building depict a new prison located in the United States. The message features images of the building's exterior as well as showing the high quality accommodation and sporting facilities inside. According to the message, the facility in the photographs is the Cook County Correctional Center located in Chicago, Illinois. The message claims that funding to build the - obviously expensive - facility was arranged by Barack Obama. The message decries this apparent waste of funds and also claims that there are plans to move terrorists previously incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay to the new prison.

The photographs are genuine and they do indeed depict a prison. But the description that comes with the photographs is nonsense through and through.

Here are the facts:

Thus, it seems clear that someone with an axe to grind has simply taken a set of pictures and made up a story to go with them in a rather lame attempt to discredit Barack Obama. Spreading obvious lies about a political leader - regardless of your opinions about his or her ability or lack thereof - is likely to be entirely counterproductive to your cause and could greatly damage your credibility.

More information (Google translated from original German) about the prison is available on the Hohensinn Architektur website.

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Justice and Detention Centre
Jail to hire 600 more officers and overhaul healthcarel
projekt: justizzentrum leoben

Last updated: October 8, 2012
First published: October 8, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer