Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Cost Of Operating Guantanamo Bay Prison

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Pentagon: Guantanamo Tab $5.2 Billion And Counting -- McClatchy News

New number-crunching by Democrats campaigning for Guantanamo's closure says the Pentagon spends nearly a half-billion dollars a year - a whopping $2.7 million per prisoner - to operate its offshore prison complex in southeast Cuba.

The figure is by far the largest per-prisoner cost ever calculated and apparently, for the first time, includes troop costs. The ostensibly temporary Pentagon prison has, since it opened in 2002, been staffed largely by troops trained up on their way to Guantanamo for rotations of nine months to a year.

The cost for this year - $454.1 million to operate, staff and build at the prison complex - comes from a report by the Defense Department's Office of the Comptroller.

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More News On The Cost Of Keeping Guantanamo Bay Prison Open

Pentagon: Cost of operating Guantanamo in 2013 is $454 million -- UPI
Guantanamo costs US taxpayers over $5 billion: Report -- Press TV
Lawmakers Blast Guantanamo's $2.7 Million Per Prisoner Cost -- Business Insider
Most expensive prison ever: Gitmo costs $2.7 million annually per inmate -- RT
Guantanamo Bay prison costs US taxpayers $2.7 million per inmate -- Voice of Russia
U.S. could save millions by paying each Gitmo prisoner $2 million annual salary to do nothing -- Max Fisher, Washington Post

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