Guantanamo: Most Expensive Prison on the Planet
Carol Rosenberg of McClatchy reports on the cost of housing inmates at Guantanamo in the Miami Herald. It costs $800,000 a year to house one detainee, according to a letter Eric Holder and Leon Pannetta sent Congress this summer. There are 171 detainees still at Guantanamo.
Congress, determined to keep Gitmo open, authorized provided $139 million for its operation last year. Why isn't it under consideration for part of the $1.5 trillion budget cut?
Guantanamo uses a "revolving staff of 1,850 troops, linguists, intelligence analysts, federal agents and contract laborers." Dell has been contracted to provide $2 million in new computers. Millions are still spent on an intelligence unit that interrogates detainees and provides risk assessments. There have been no new detainees at Gitmo since 2008, what's left to ask them?)
In a letter to Congress this summer, Attorney General Holder wrote:
The Defense Department “spends approximately $150 million per year on detention operations at Guantánamo, currently at a rate of more than $800,000 per detainee,” Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other Cabinet members wrote Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and others.
This really is a must-read article. Guantanamo needs to be closed and the detainees either charged in federal criminal court or released.
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