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Guantanamo Bay renovations cost at least $500 million

POSTED: 11:31 AM ET, 06/ 7/2010 by Jennifer Jenkins

Article: At least $500 million has been spent since 9/11 on renovating Guantanamo Bay
The spending is part of at least $500 million that has transformed what was once a sun-beaten and forgotten Caribbean base into one of the most secure military and prison installations in the world. That does not include construction bonuses, which typically run into the millions.
Among other odd legacies from war-on-terror spending since 2001 for the troops at Guantanamo Bay: an abandoned volleyball court for $249,000, an unused go-kart track for $296,000 and $3.5 million for 27 playgrounds that are often vacant.

Live Q&A: Post writers Scott Higham and Peter Finn will be online Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss their story about the investigation into the expenses and take your questions.
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By Jennifer Jenkins |  June 7, 2010; 11:31 AM ET Post Investigations
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We were led to believe by left wing politicians that Guantanamo was some hell hole of a prison where terrorists were living under the most austere conditions. Now we find out 500 million in renovations has made this the Club Med of Prison destinations. Then we have the Obama Administration trying to move terrorists from Club Guantanamo to prisons within the US which will cost millions more. It appears that the Democrats got burned by their own propaganda about Guantanamo and now are committed to use US or foreign prisons in lieu of a perfect facility like Guantanamo.

Posted by: quillerm | June 11, 2010 7:26 PM

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