Military's Plan: Build New $49M Prison at Gitmo

Instead of closing, military wants upgrades

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 22, 2013 6:13 AM CDT | Updated Mar 22, 2013 7:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's been four years since Barack Obama promised to close Gitmo, but not only are the camps still open, now the US military wants $49 million to build a new prison building there, reports the New York Times. With the new building—which would apparently replace Camp 7, where so-called high-value detainee are held—the military is asking for an estimated $195.7 million to upgrade the prison camp so it can continue to operate indefinitely.

Other items on the improvements list include $99 million for two barracks, $12 million for a new dining hall, and money for improving medical, legal, and communications facilities. While acknowledging the funding request is a hefty one, General John F. Kelly, the Southcom commander, noted "everything that’s built down there is at least twice as expensive."

The Guantanamo detention facility from May 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)
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