Guantanamo Bay Plans Delayed Amid Budgeting Issues
December 23, 2009
U.S. (ChattahBox) – While President Obama has previously stated the January 22, 2010 deadline will not be met for closing Guantanamo Bay, further delays are now expected as money is found to refurbish the detainees’ final housing place.
A rural maximum security prison in Illinois, which is secluded and all but bare, has been selected as the location for the terror suspects to be held awaiting trial.
However, new upgrades are needed to ensure the highest possible level of security, given the inmates history, crimes, and connections.
The Thomson Correctional Center has been decided on, but $150 million will initially be needed in the first year to upgrade it (thisis equal to the yearly current payout on Guantanamo Bay). Once the initial changes have been made, the yearly cost will reduce to $75 million, a significant decrease for taxpayers.
Now that the location has been chosen, the budget has been drafted, and the details are known it is believed that it will not be until 2011 that the measures can be carried out.
In the meantime, the Obama administration, analysts, and lawmakers will be discussing security and contingency plans to be prepared for any attempts at escape or attacks.