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WILL COST TAXPAYERS $475 MILLION
AN ATTEMPT TO GIVE
GITMO TO THE CASTRO BROS?
Obama releases top al-Qaeda bomb maker from Gitmo…
CONGRESS PASSES BILL BANNING GITMO DETAINEES FROM US…
“President Obama on Tuesday submitted his long-awaited plan for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center to meet a congressional deadline.
The plan, which would cost up to $475 million, proposes moving anywhere between 30 to 60 of the remaining detainees to the U.S. Although the plan does not specify one facility in which to house them, senior administration officials said Tuesday that 13 options are proposed.
Officials said that moving Guantanamo detainees to the United States would ultimately save between $65 million and $85 million a year after three to five years.
The cost savings to U.S. taxpayers are a key part of the administration’s argument that the military detention facility in Cuba needs to be shut down.
Officials noted, however, that cost estimates are “somewhat rough and notional.”
“Congress has prevented us from doing precise design and planning work on a facility in the continental United States, that prevented us from coming up with the fidelity needed for either a budget estimate to ask Congress for the authority, or even precise estimates of what the sites would cost,” a senior administration official said.
“So we did a lot of work within the constraints of the current law, but not the kind of precise estimates that we would ultimately need and expect to have in asking Congress for the funds to do this,” the official said.”