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the plan considers 13 different locations in the U.S., including seven existing prison facilities in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas, as well as six other locations on current military bases. They say the plan doesn't recommend a preferred site and the cost estimates are meant to provide a starting point for a conversation with Congress.
According to the officials, the U.S. facilities would cost between $265 million and $305 million to operate each year. The annual operating cost for Guantanamo is $445 million, but the officials said the Cuba detention center will need about $225 million in repairs and construction costs if it continues to be used.
Obama will speak at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning from the Roosevelt Room, the White House announced, saying the topic would be Guantanamo Bay but giving no further details.
Obama’s address comes as the plan to shut down the controversial facility and transfer the remaining detainees to a holding center in the United States will be delivered to Congress.
The administration will attempt to convince lawmakers to allow the Pentagon to move nearly 60 detainees to the U.S. to a facility that will cost up to $475 million to construct, but could save as much as $180 million a year in operating costs, the administration says.
It is mind boggling that 60 prisoners will cost the tax payers 475 MILL….
Options for housing prisoners in the U.S. include the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado; the military prison in Leavenworth, Kansas; and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina. Pentagon officials visited those sites last year to develop "prototype" plans for converting them into detention facilities.
The additional sites included in Tuesday's plan include other federal and military prisons. The closure plan would not identify a specific facility, though congressional language mandating the plan called for a location to be specified.
The U.S. officials Tuesday said the plan would save the U.S. government between $65 million and $85 million per year compared to housing detainees at Guantanamo. Obama has consisted cited the high costs of keeping prisoners at the Cuba facility as a reason for closing the prison.
everyone will be for it till they plan to drop them in your (generic not a specific person), then folks will be up in arms and raging against the injustice of the terrorists being put in their back yard…
originally posted by: DeadAgain
I don't know if this is a good idea but Obama did run on closing Guantanamo and if nothing more I can respect someone who keeps their word... in this case anyway. This is something people actually did vote for.