Guantanamo Bay - the most expensive prison on Earth $800,000 per prisoner per yearSubmitted by Ian56 on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 18:31
The cost to house a captive at Guantánamo Bay is $800,000 per year, far in excess of other federal or state lockups.
Broadly, Southcom spokesman Army Col. Scott Malcom broke out last year’s $139 million budget into four huge pots:
$61.8 million went to “the intelligence collection mission,” hiring analysts and distributing the fruit of interrogations around the world, maintaining an intelligence database
$35 million went to “base operating support,” such as housing, water, plumbing and utilities
$30 million went to running the prison, such as “staff, guards, overall detainee operations.”
$12 million went to the war court, hiring aircraft and staff and maintaining a maximum-security court and lawyers offices.
BY CAROL ROSENBERG
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Guards get combat pay, just like troops in Afghanistan, without the risk of being blown up. Some commanders get to bring their families to this war-on-terror deployment. And each captive gets $38.45 worth of food a day.
The Pentagon detention center that started out in January 2002 as a collection of crude open-air cells guarded by Marines in a muddy tent city is today arguably the most expensive prison on earth, costing taxpayers $800,000 annually for each of the 171 captives by Obama administration reckoning.
That’s more than 30 times the cost of keeping a captive on U.S. soil.
It’s still funded as an open-ended battlefield necessity, although the last prisoner arrived in March 2008. But it functions more like a gated community in an American suburb than a forward-operating base in one of Afghanistan’s violent provinces.
Congress, charged now with cutting $1.5 trillion from the budget by Christmas, provided $139 million to operate the center last year, and has made every effort to keep it open — even as a former deputy commander of the detention center calls it “expensive” and “inefficient.”
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