It would be really helpful if you could become a monthly sustainer. Check the "Make this a monthly donation" box and enter the amount you want to send. Since the prison's inception on January 11, 2002, the US military has housed 779 captives at Guantanamo. About 50% of them have been released without charge or trial.
The cost of maintaining custody of these men has been $125 million a month. If you stop sending money, they will be released.
Guantanamo is expensive - $750 per day per prisoner. That's more than what it costs to keep an average size American jail cell warm with heat lamps during the cold winter months.
In fact, the daily rate at Guantanamo is higher than what it is in most American prisons. The only reason these prices are not higher is because many of the facilities are still under construction. The military wants to get rid of these jails altogether and move all the prisoners into one large facility. But this project is years away from being finished.
There are three main types of facilities at Guantanamo: the Camps, the Flights, and the Transfer Center. The camps are where the majority of the prisoners are held before they are cleared for release or charged with a crime. The maximum capacity of a camp is 400 prisoners. There are seven active camps at Guantanamo. The remaining prisoners are held in temporary facilities called "the bubble".
At least 775 inmates have been sent to Guantanamo Bay. Despite the fact that the vast majority of these detainees have been freed without prosecution, the US government continues to categorize many of these released detainees as "enemy combatants." As of January 5, 2017, there were 55 inmates still at Guantanamo. The Obama administration had tried to close the facility, but Congress stopped him from fully doing so.
Guantanamo has existed since 2002, when President George W. Bush opened it up as a place where they could hold terror suspects without charging them with crimes. Prior to this, they were being held by CIA prisons or in foreign countries.
People can be sent to Guantanamo whether they are actually terrorists or not. This is called "enemies combatant" status. It can also be given to people who the US government wants to punish but cannot charge with a crime. For example, if a federal agent believes that someone is about to blow up a building, they can use their authority to arrest that person but cannot charge them with a crime because then they would have no way to try them. Instead, they can declare that person to be an "enemy combatant" and put them in military custody until such time as they can be brought before a judge.
There are certain procedures that must be followed when sending someone to Guantanamo. First, the Secretary of Defense must determine that the prisoner does not have any country willing to accept them.
The US Department of Defense confirms keeping 99 American citizens arrested in Afghanistan during the "war on terror," one of whom was kept at Guantanamo for a period. The remaining individuals were either released or had their charges dropped.
Guantanamo has been criticized by human rights groups for its treatment of some of the prisoners, many of whom were deemed dangerous to no longer be charged with a crime. Some have alleged that they were tortured while detained at the camp. The United States has denied these claims.
A number of high-profile cases have caused outrage among family members and public figures when it was revealed that they were being held at Guantanamo. Among them are Shafiq Rasul, a New York businessman who was cleared of any wrongdoing by the US government and then freed in 2007; and Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari citizen who was accused of being involved in the 2001 terrorist attacks and held without charge for nearly 10 years.
Both men were from Saudi Arabia and both were initially held by the CIA before being transferred to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Al-Marri was later charged with crimes and is currently awaiting trial. Rasul was granted asylum in Norway after he was released but died in a car crash in Scotland two months later. He was 44 years old.
President Donald Trump of the United States signed an executive order in January 2018 to keep the detention camp operating indefinitely. During Trump's presidency, a prisoner was transported in May 2018. Guantanamo Bay still houses 40 inmates.
Guantanamo Bay is a bay on the north coast of Cuba. It is one of the largest natural ports in the Caribbean. The bay opens onto the Gulf of Mexico. Guyanmo was first discovered by Spanish explorers in 1498. They called it Guanahani. The name Guatimala later became known as America.
The first permanent settlement was built in 1514. It was destroyed by pirates several times between 1609 and 1762. In 1823, the town was abandoned due to attacks from indigenous people. The population returned in 1838 after security was provided by the government. Today, Guyanmo has approximately 9,000 residents.
Guantanamo Bay prison was established in 2001 by President George W. Bush to hold terrorist suspects in indefinite detention without charge or trial. On January 22, 2009, Barack Obama cancelled all remaining plans for further construction at the prison site and ordered that all remaining detainees be brought before any criminal courts in the United States. This has not happened yet.
However, some prisoners have been transferred to other countries while others have been released.