Pentagon Wants $200M— for 10-Year Gitmo Upgrade
Asks Congress for $450M for facility Obama wants to close
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 5:15 AM CDT
Updated May 22, 2013 8:09 AM CDT
A US trooper stands in the turret of a vehicle with a machine gun, left, as a guard looks out from a tower at the detention facility of Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

(Newser) – If you're already upset about the fact that Guantanamo is still open, your head may actually explode at this next bit: The Pentagon wants Congress to grant it more than $450 million to maintain—and upgrade—the prison, according to a budget request from the Obama administration. Specifically, $200 million of that is earmarked for upgrading temporary facilities, a process that could take as long as 10 years, the AP reports.

Another $79 million is for operations (the same amount as the current year); $20.5 million is for the office of military commissions; plus millions more for a fiberoptic cable. President Obama still intends to close the prison, and just last month he pointed out at a news conference that Guantanamo Bay is "expensive" and "inefficient." He is expected to discuss Gitmo's future tomorrow during a speech on counterterrorism.

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SaturnGirl
May 24, 2013 8:56 PM CDT
I was stationed at two military bases that were in the middle of some major upgrades when they were closed. It was a big joke in the military if you saw your base spending millions on improvements, then you knew you were the next to close. Perfect example of one hand of government not talking to the other, and costing the taxpayers billions (not millions) of wasted tax dollars.
Observer
May 22, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
Just say no.
OuttaHere
May 22, 2013 5:09 PM CDT
Where is the sequester when we need it?