- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

President Barack Obama is expected to reveal his administration’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center on Tuesday, making good on his 2008 campaign promise.

The president will speak from the Roosevelt Room at the White House at 10:30 a.m. ET, the White House said.

The Pentagon’s much-anticipated plan to shut down the detention facility in Cuba will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

The plan reportedly calls for up to $475 million in construction costs, AP reported. That cost would in part cover the transfer of the remaining 91 detainees to a facility or facilities in the United States.

Officials say the shutdown and transfer would save as much as $180 million per year in operating costs, according to AP.



U.S. officials say the plan considers 13 different locations in the U.S., including seven existing prison facilities in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas, as well as six other locations on current military bases. They say the plan doesn’t recommend a preferred site and the cost estimates are meant to provide a starting point for a conversation with Congress, AP reported.

The seven facilities reviewed by a Pentagon assessment team last year were: the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Corrections Facility at Leavenworth, Kansas; the Consolidated Naval Brig, Charleston, South Carolina; the Federal Correctional Complex, which includes the medium, maximum and supermax facilities in Florence, Colorado; and the Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City, Colorado, also known as the Centennial Correctional Facility.

Members of Congress have been demanding the closure plan for months. Lawmakers form South Carolina, Kansas and Colorado have staunchly opposed housing detainees in their states.

The administration is currently prohibited by law from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.

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