Editorial

Gitmo is too costly in many ways

Friday, September 18, 2015

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently renewed efforts to close the Guantanamo prison at a U.S. base in Cuba that currently houses 116 prisoners. The Obama administration would like to try these prisoners in federal court, but if that is not possible any time in the foreseeable future because of Congressional obstruction, then the second best option would be transfer them to the mainland.

Current cost estimates are more than $3 million a year per prisoner, compared to about $75,000 at a stateside "supermax" prison.

Just six detainees have been both convicted and sentenced for war crimes in military commissions. Guantanamo has become a valuable recruiting tool for terrorists worldwide because its existence is a repudiation of America's principles and any commonly- held understanding of decency and justice.