Guantanamo Bay is the world's most expensive prison
The total US tab for housing enemy combatants will top $5.2 billion by 2014.
According to The Miami Herald, citing new figures from Democrats calling for Guantanamo's closure, the Pentagon spends about $500 million annually on the modern-era Devil's Island. That works out to $2.7 million per prisoner. There are about 166 prisoners at Guantanamo, including the confessed mastermind of the 9-11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Senator Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who has long advocated for the prison's closure, told the paper that the America's most secure prison, the so-called Supermax in Florence, Colo., costs about $78,000 per year to operate on a per-prisoner basis. That facility has 439 prisoners.
As Quartz notes, one reason why Guantanamo is so expensive is its location within the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Everything from supplies to judges must be shipped more than 1,000 miles from Washington, D.C. The prison's staff includes members of the military, the Department of Justice, the FBI and probably the CIA.
The paper quotes Durbin as saying that the costs "would be fiscally irresponsible during ordinary economic times. But it's even worse when the Department of Defense is struggling to deal with the impact of sequestration, including the furloughs and cutbacks and training for our troops."
He has a point, no?
Guantanamo Bay was supposed to be temporary when it first opened in 2002. The facility has grown considerably and now includes a secret lock-up for ex-CIA prisoners called Camp 7, whose costs are considered classified, the Herald said. About 779 people have done time at Guantanamo, according to Human Rights Watch.
When he first ran for office, President Obama called for the prison's closure. He backed off on the idea after Republicans balked. Now, it appears as though he is warming to the idea again.
Human Rights First estimates there are 355 terrorists behind bars in U.S. jails, which underscores that money used to operate Guantanamo is not well spent. No one has escaped.
For now, though, Guantanamo Bay isn't going anywhere and its costs continue to climb. The Department of Defense has requested almost $200 million to upgrade the facility.
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$500 million a year (excluding the unknown costs of the CIA, classified, BS this is America and that should be public)? And does that include all the new construction costs or is that just operations? Either this story is full of $hit or somebody is screwing the government over big time. I know it is remote and I would expect it to not be cheaper like the one in Florence (where most of those animals should've been put down immediately following their trials but the broken justice system is another story) but why it costs this much I don't know, on top of needing more upgrades? Like I said hasn't that already been going on? Regardless we piss away so much money with the DOD its just sad. Our government needs serious reforms and the waste and nonsense has got stop. Fat needs trimmed badly.
I think its time
Turn it into a zoo for tourists to look at terrorists. That will help with the costs.
"Write a comment" Ok, will do.....
Gitmo and it's huge costs is nothing but business as usual for our incompetent government and entitled politicians with their insatiable tax and spend mindset... and headed up by Dear Leader OBummer who doesn't blink an eyelash at spending $100,000,000 of tax payers money to take the family and his entourage on a trip to Africa.
While none of the 335 behind bars on U.S. soil have escaped, if one of them does, there will be hell to pay for the damage he does.
There is NO escape from Guantanamo...since they would be in the middle of a base full of Marines with orders to shoot to kill ANY escapee! And even if they eluded Marines long enough to get off the base, where are they going to go? It's a long swim to anywhere!
And why fly in supplies and judges from D.C.? Fly them in from Miami. There are federal judges in Miami, and plenty of places to get food supplies as well. Shorter trip means less fuel and less hours...which equals less money.
Leave the scum on the island. In fact...I have a list of some others who can join them there!
are they still on a food strike. if so cost should have gone down considerably. what costs so much to house criminals. certainly not here in the states. military get set pay so, again why so much?
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