Gitmo: "the most expensive prison on earth"
Interesting article from The Miami Herald:
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. […]
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."
"It's a slow-motion Berlin Airlift—that's been going on for 10 years," says retired Army Brig. Gen. Greg Zanetti, a West Point graduate who in 2008 was deputy commander at the detention center.
Whole thing here. Thanks to Human Rights Watch's Laura Pitter for the tip.