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Not even close: Pentagon requests $49 million to build new Gitmo prison

Posted By yihan On March 22, 2013 @ 12:26 pm In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled

RT [1]
March 22, 2013

The US Southern Command (Southcom) has requested $49 million to build a new prison building at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba “for special detainees” as well as carry out other “necessary” renovations, the New York Times reports.

The proposed facility is an apparent replacement for Camp 7, which was constructed to hold 14 “high-value” detainees – including the self-described 9/11 attack architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – who had been in CIA custody, but were handed over to the military in 2006.

RT is closely monitoring the Gitmo hunger strike and has been in regular contact with the UN and various human rights organizations. Click here for the latest updates as the situation develops. [2]

The proposed prison comes on top of funds previously requested to upgrade the camp’s facilities, including a new dining hall, barracks for prison guards, a hospital, a “legal meeting complex” and a“communications network facility” to store data.

Many of the facilities were in a state of disrepair as they were never intended to be used on a permanent basis, a Southcom spokesman told the Huffington Post.

“Most of the buildings and infrastructure were built for a short-term mission,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ron Flanders.“We got down there in 2002, but never in a million years would we still have this in 2013 with no end in sight.”

The additional request will balloon the overall cost to $195.7 million, significantly higher than the estimated $150-170 million that Southcom commander General John Kelly gave while providing congressional testimony on Wednesday, NYT reports.

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[1] RT: http://rt.com/usa/guantanamo-new-prison-request-673/

[2] RT is closely monitoring the Gitmo hunger strike and has been in regular contact with the UN and various human rights organizations. Click here for the latest updates as the situation develops.: http://rt.com/news/guantanamo-bay-hunger-strike-399/

[3] Illinois prison top contender to house Gitmo detainees, official says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/illinois-prison-top-contender-to-house-gitmo-detainees-official-says.html

[4] Obama’s Pledge to Close Gitmo — More Smoke and Mirrors?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obamas-pledge-to-close-gitmo-%e2%80%94-more-smoke-and-mirrors.html

[5] Gitmo Upgrade: US to spend $40 million on renovation: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gitmo-upgrade-us-to-spend-40-million-on-renovation.html

[6] Obama Shuts Down Office that Would Close Gitmo: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-shuts-down-office-that-would-close-gitmo.html

[7] ACLU Calls on President to Keep Promise and Close Gitmo: http://www.prisonplanet.com/aclu-calls-on-president-to-keep-promise-and-close-gitmo.html

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