- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Pentagon is expected to release its long-awaited report outlining how it plans to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and move the remaining detainees to another U.S. facility this week, officials say.

The plan would include four sections, one detailing potential U.S. alternative sites for detainees, including the Centennial Correctional Facility in Colorado, seen as one of the more promising locations, one U.S. official told Reuters.

A small Defense Department team has surveyed potential facilities for the remaining detainees including the Consolidated Naval Brig in South Carolina and the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado, the Pentagon has said.

It also examined two facilities at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas — the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Corrections Facility.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis declined to specify when the plan would be released to Congress, saying it would happen “very soon.”

U.S. officials told Reuters the plan would be revealed this week. One official said the report would also address costs associated with the plan.

President Obama pledged to close the facility during his first presidential campaign and is hoping to fulfill that promise.

The Obama administration has gradually been releasing and repatriating detainees from the detention center and hopes to transfer remaining detainees to foreign countries, prosecute those who can be prosecuted, and move those who cannot be prosecuted but are deemed too dangerous to release to U.S. soil.

The House of Representatives last week passed a defense bill including measures to bar Mr. Obama from closing the facility before he leaves office in 2017. The Senate is expected to pass the bill as soon as Tuesday.

There are still 112 detainees at Guantanamo, of whom 53 are deemed eligible for transfer.

 

 

 

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