Thursday, June 07, 2012

169 detainees still being held at Guantanamo at a cost of $140 million a year

On Thursday evening's NBC Nightly News, Michael Isikoff reported that "the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, [once] targeted for closure by Barack Obama ... is instead quietly undergoing millions of dollars of upgrades that could allow it to remain open for years as a prison for suspected terrorists."
Among the recent improvements to the facility commonly known as “Gitmo”: a heavily guarded soccer field for detainees known as “Super Rec,” which cost nearly $750,000 and opened this week; cable television in a communal living quarters and “enriching your life” classes for detainees, which include instruction on learning to paint, writing a resume -- even handling personal finances.
Many of the improvements have been made at the most modern facility in the detention center, known as Camp VI, a communal living compound that houses about 80 percent of the 169 detainees currently held at Gitmo. There, detainees who are deemed to be compliant with the rules and therefore eligible for more privileges are able to watch 21 Cable TV channels, DVD movies, read newspapers and borrow books from a library.
But for the remainder of the detainees – including some who are eligible for release but have no country willing to take them – there is little prospect of leaving Gitmo anytime soon.

And that means U.S. taxpayers will continue to foot the bill for their presence in a U.S. prison that costs $140 million a year to operate – or some $800,000 per detainee.


  1. This reminds me of "The Village" from Patrick McGoohan's classic T.V. series "The Prisoner." It looks like the U.S. Government is using radical behaviorism to re-condition terrorists into being cooperating informants (kind of like the federal criminal court system).

    Clayton Kaeiser

  2. Considering the income of the United States is roughly 500 million dollars an hour I think its money well spent to keep them down there instead of up here.


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