White House Rejects Gitmo Plan

Published: December 2, 2015

White House Rejects Gitmo Plan, The White House has rejected the Pentagon’s initial $500-million plan to shutter Guantanamo Bay prison as too costly, ordering military officials to find a cheaper way to move dozens of detainees to the U.S., according to three government officials familiar with the plan.

The Pentagon’s “internal review plan” estimated it would cost more than half a billion dollars to set up and begin operating separate holding facilities for about 90 or fewer detainees in areas next to or adjacent with existing federal prisons in the U.S., said the officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the plan.

Two officials, one inside the administration and another at the Defense Department, said the White House is worried the Pentagon’s original plan will face steep opposition in the Republican-led Congress. Many on Capitol Hill on both sides of the aisle want the detention facility and its prisoners to remain in Cuba.

Lawmakers have repeatedly passed legislation that prohibits funding for the transfer of any Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S.

“The administration continues to work diligently on completing the plan to safely and responsibly close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay,” Department of Defense spokesman Cmdr. Gary Ross said Wednesday.


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