Find Post Investigations On:
Facebook Scribd Twitter
Friendfeed RSS Google Reader
» About This Blog | Meet the Investigative Team | Subscribe
Ongoing Investigation

Top Secret America

The Post explores the top secret world the government created in response to the attacks of Sept. 11.

Ongoing Investigation

The Hidden Life of Guns

How guns move through American society, from store counter to crime scene.

Have a Tip?

Talk to Us

If you have solid tips, news or documents on potential ethical violations or abuses of power, we want to know. Send us your suggestions.
• E-mail Us


Post Investigations
In-depth investigative news
and multimedia from The Washington Post.
• Special Reports
• The Blog

Reporters' Notebook
An insider's guide to investigative news: reporters offer insights on their stories.

The Daily Read
A daily look at investigative news of note across the Web.

Top Picks
A weekly review of the best
in-depth and investigative reports from across the nation.

Hot Documents
Court filings, letters, audits and other documents of interest.

D.C. Region
Post coverage of investigative news in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

Washington Watchdogs
A periodic look into official government investigations.

Help! What Is RSS?
Find out how to follow Post Investigations in your favorite RSS reader.

Hot Comments

Unfortunately I believe that we are limited in what we can focus on. I think that if we proceed with the partisan sideshow of prosecuting Bush admin. officials, healthcare will get lost in the brouhaha.
— Posted by denamom, Obama's Quandary...

Recent Posts
Bob Woodward

The Washington Post's permanent investigative unit was set up in 1982 under Bob Woodward.

See what you missed, find what you're looking for.
Blog Archive »
Investigations Archive »

Have a Tip?
Send us information on ethics violations or abuses of power.
E-Mail Us »

Notable investigative projects from other news outlets.
On the Web »
Top Picks »

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.
Photo gallery: Renovation projects
Interactive map: Tour of Guantanamo Bay
Photo gallery: 'The least worst place'

By Jennifer Jenkins |  June 7, 2010; 11:31 AM ET Post Investigations
Previous: U.S. 'secret war' expands globally as Special Operations forces take larger role | Next: Study: Deepwater Horizon well spilling more oil than previously estimated


Please email us to report offensive comments.

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

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining


© 2010 The Washington Post Company