Guantánamo

Pentagon to send Congress plan for closing Guantánamo prison

A cooperative captive is seen inside a communal cellblock at Camp 6, at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in this photo approved for release by the U.S. military.
A cooperative captive is seen inside a communal cellblock at Camp 6, at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in this photo approved for release by the U.S. military. wmichot@miamiherald.com

There are 91 detainees at Guantánamo. Of those, 46 are being held as wartime detainees and have not been recommended for transfer, while 35 are on a transfer list. The other 10 have been charged or convicted in the military commissions system.

Among the potential replacement sites that have been studied by the Pentagon are military prisons at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Charleston, South Carolina, as well as a wing of the federal correctional complex at Florence, Colorado, where a maximum-security prison already houses many convicted terrorists.

The new plan is expected to estimate what it would cost to upgrade prisons and to operate a wartime prison in those locations.

Last spring, the Obama administration promised Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that it would give Congress a closure plan. But after it delayed producing one, lawmakers included a provision in last November’s National Defense Authorization Act requiring the executive branch to provide one within 90 days.

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