U.S. Spending $10 Million on New Gitmo Courtrooms
Far from getting ready to close Guantanamo, the U.S. is spending big bucks there to build new courtrooms.
The U.S. military is building a mobile courtroom complex on an unused runway at the Guantanamo Bay naval base and plans to be ready by March to conduct as many as three terrorism trials at a time.
The $10 million project will add two new courtrooms to the existing one, which is being fitted with a new computer projection system to display evidence for the war crimes tribunals set up to try suspected al Qaeda operatives held at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba.
The Pentagon now plans to try 80 of the prisoners on war crimes and to hold up to 3 trials at a time. Called a "mobile courtroom complex" the new project appears to be made of tents:
Rows of khaki tents have sprung up on the old runway in front of the current court building and are being transformed into the temporary court complex ready to accommodate three simultaneous trials as soon as the appeals are resolved.
As Guantanamo detainee Abdulaziz who was tortured in an Afghan prison before ending up at Guantanamo might say,
"O prison darkness, pitch your tent./ We love the darkness."
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