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Guantanamo camp burns through $900,000 a year per inmate
Reuters ^ | Fri May 3, 2013 | David Alexander; Editing by Frances Kerry and Tim Dobbyn)

Posted on 05/03/2013 6:55:37 PM PDT by South40

(Reuters) - It's been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth and President Barack Obama cited the cost this week as one of many reasons to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which burns through some $900,000 per prisoner annually.

The Pentagon estimates it spends about $150 million each year to operate the prison and military court system at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, which was set up 11 years ago to house foreign terrorism suspects. With 166 inmates currently in custody, that amounts to an annual cost of $903,614 per prisoner.

By comparison, super-maximum security prisons in the United States spend about $60,000 to $70,000 at most to house their inmates, analysts say. And the average cost across all federal prisons is about $30,000, they say.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
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Barry doesn't mind giving hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to muslims who hate us but he's opposed to spending that same amount on imprisoning them.
1 posted on 05/03/2013 6:55:37 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

He’s discovered fiscal discipline and the virtues of economy at last!


2 posted on 05/03/2013 7:02:26 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: South40

>> which burns through

GFY, Reuters. Douche bag is “burning through” trillions of dollars.


3 posted on 05/03/2013 7:05:44 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: South40

Shut it down!

(I mean shoot them first, THEN shut it down.)


4 posted on 05/03/2013 7:07:25 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: South40

I could burn that camp for half that ;-)


5 posted on 05/03/2013 7:07:31 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: South40

All Gov
April 8, 2013

Despite his 2008 campaign promise to close the U.S. government’s detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Barack Obama’s administration last week announced plans to spend $ 195 million on renovation and new construction there—strongly implying that the nation’s taxpayers can expect to pay to imprison the center’s 166 inmates, 86 of whom have been cleared of wrongdoing, for many years to come.

Initially, on Wednesday, General John F. Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, requested $ 150 million to $ 170 million for renovations to the prison complex, including $ 99 million for two barracks facilities, $ 12 million for a new mess hall, and millions more for consolidating scattered legal, medical and communications facilities. He also made a cryptic reference to “other projects that I couldn’t talk about here in the open but do have to do with replacing one of the camp facilities where some of the detainees are—special detainees are housed.”


6 posted on 05/03/2013 7:07:36 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: South40

I would like to see a break-out of the $900.000 per inmate. Just how is being spent!


7 posted on 05/03/2013 7:08:45 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: South40

OTOH, put a LOT MORE PRISONERS there and the cost per comes WAY down!!!


8 posted on 05/03/2013 7:09:28 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: elpadre
I would like to see a break-out of the $900.000 per inmate. Just how is being spent!

Or if it really is.

Barry wants it closed. It would be completely consistent with leftist media policy to not just endorse but make a conscience effort to assist in his quest to attain that goal.

9 posted on 05/03/2013 7:12:03 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

how much do we send to planned parenthood to kill babies


10 posted on 05/03/2013 7:12:25 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: South40

A. Put Sheriff Joe in charge.
B. Use the budget surplus to close the borders.


11 posted on 05/03/2013 7:14:15 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: South40

Obama and wife spend more on vacays.


12 posted on 05/03/2013 7:14:25 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: South40

Put Sheriff Arpiao in charge.


13 posted on 05/03/2013 7:15:11 PM PDT by Mr. Blond
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To: South40

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/08/planned-parenthood-receives-record-amount-taxpayer-support/


14 posted on 05/03/2013 7:15:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: South40
Also, since equivalent infrastructure does not exist in CONUS, you must compare the cost of building the new super-super-max and - oh, by the way - jump the NIMBY hurdle first.

Is Yucca Mountain still available?

15 posted on 05/03/2013 7:15:45 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: South40

I hear they are all on a hunger strike down there.

How bout we just lock the doors and leave them alone for 2 or 3 months and come back and see how they are doing?


16 posted on 05/03/2013 7:16:50 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: rockrr

Let’s rename it the “Holder Holding Center”. That will guarantee it funding for 50 years and a plaque (or plague) on the front door.


17 posted on 05/03/2013 7:17:30 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: South40

I guarantee that I could keep them securely imprisoned for less than $10,000 each per year.


18 posted on 05/03/2013 7:20:40 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: South40
Yeah, $150 million/year is outrageous, especially when for less than $200 we could solve the problem with 166 shots to the head. But...isn't it so hypocritical of Roto-Reuters to bitch and whine about $150 million, while ignoring the more than $1 trillion in porkulus dollars that were just pissed away? Or ignore the $89 billion/month the Treasury just prints in order to buy our own debt? Typical of the lick spittle media.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

19 posted on 05/03/2013 7:23:00 PM PDT by wku man
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To: CrazyIvan
PREFECT !©

20 posted on 05/03/2013 7:23:05 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: South40

Now we really know why Obumer hasn’t shut Guantanamo down — it wastes money like there’s no tomorrow.


21 posted on 05/03/2013 7:28:08 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: South40

barry will do cartwheels when dhs and tsa and batfe declare war on us citizens but spends 900 grand per inmate at gitmo.


22 posted on 05/03/2013 7:30:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: South40

I would love to see the breakdown of costs ...

TT


23 posted on 05/03/2013 7:33:27 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: South40

So, put them on trial ... find them guilty of the crimes specified in the reason for their incarceration and sentence them accordingly or find them innocent and send them home.

Why all these years of holding them without trial?


24 posted on 05/03/2013 7:34:59 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: South40

I can’t believe this figure for even a second...

Guantanamo is not a fancy facility - it’s quite simple. I don’t believe we pay a lease. It is staffed by U.S. military who would be paid if they were sitting at a CONUS base, sitting in the sandbox, or sitting at Guantanamo. It is secured by US Military - same thing.

I can’t believe the military tribunal system would cost that much either.

Smells like politically motivated BS to me. Seems like I remember the Bush administration saying Guantanamo was cheaper that a Federal prison many years ago. I might not remember that correctly, but I have always believed Guantanamo was a cheaper alternative. The defense attorneys would bleed the taxpayers out on these enemy combatants if they were incarcerated on our soil.


25 posted on 05/03/2013 7:35:41 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: South40

As i understand it there are a lot of prisoners on hunger strikes. At $900,000 per terrorist I say allow the hunger strike to follow it’s natural course.


26 posted on 05/03/2013 7:35:55 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: babble-on

***** “Shut it down!” *****

NEGATIVE .... it is the most Cost Effective Detention Center in the Free World, ideally located and provides a use for our friend in Cuba to bitch about...

I’d pay double what it costs and show you where we still come out ahead $ wise and everywhere else (less measurable ways)

TT


27 posted on 05/03/2013 7:38:16 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: South40

I couldn’t care less.

I do not want them on American soil for any reason.


28 posted on 05/03/2013 7:46:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SampleMan

“I guarantee...less than $10,000 each per year.”

No way!! Not when it cost $13,000 every weekend Joe Biden decides to fly a hundred miles home and back on AF2.


29 posted on 05/03/2013 7:47:18 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: babble-on

Word!!!


30 posted on 05/03/2013 7:47:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

I say we turn them into wind chimes and then sell the lad to Jerry Farewell and let him build a Christian College and amusement park where those devil worshipers were housed


31 posted on 05/03/2013 7:50:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: doc1019

****** “So, put them on trial ... find them guilty of the crimes specified in the reason for their incarceration and sentence them accordingly or find them innocent and send them home.

Why all these years of holding them without trial?” ******

Tried, Exonerated or Convicted, (personally I want them quickly Executed or Sent home) ... but there are always new arrivals and then those that have yet to spill the beans, or those that have spilled the beans and wish to remain protected... (yeah we do that too, we don’t want them, their people want to kill them... so we feed and house them until they decide who they want to kiss ass the most to) again personally Option #1 is viable and I am an available Administrator, I will bring my own ammo if need be, and only ask for the ride to and from, other than that ... no charge.

TT


32 posted on 05/03/2013 7:54:20 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: TexasTransplant

Didn’t realize that there were “new arrivals”. I thought the camp was static.


33 posted on 05/03/2013 7:58:30 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: South40

How is it even remotely possible that the USA has a military facility in a communist country that is and has been openly hostile to us?

Let that sink in.


34 posted on 05/03/2013 8:14:26 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: South40

Execute them all and shut it down!


35 posted on 05/03/2013 8:20:44 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: South40

Make liberals happy. Release all these terrorists. 50 miles off shore.


36 posted on 05/03/2013 8:36:32 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: South40

That’s about the same as the per-student cost of the unionized Chicago Public Schools.


37 posted on 05/03/2013 9:51:27 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: South40

[[Guantanamo camp burns through $900,000 a year per inmate]]

Wghiel Senior Citizens and disabled peopel and veterans have to get by on as little as $10,000 a year-

Yep- we’ve got our priorities straight-


38 posted on 05/03/2013 11:18:57 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: South40

I could solve that problem with a buck or two worth of ammunition per prisoner...


39 posted on 05/04/2013 8:48:50 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: elpadre

Probably includes the lease price being paid to Cuba under the original agreement?


40 posted on 05/04/2013 8:49:53 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: logitech
How is it even remotely possible that the USA has a military facility in a communist country that is and has been openly hostile to us?

I've often wondered about that, but never took the time to track down the history of the place. I suppose we won a small land concession from Cuba during the Spanish American war and just never let it go.

41 posted on 05/04/2013 9:57:17 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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