June 21, 2021

Military planning for geriatric prisoners at Guantanamo prison

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None of the 80 prisoners are now in wheelchairs and most are in their 30s or 40s. The oldest is 68. But briefings by senior military here made it that they are starting think about operating the offshore Pentagon detention center long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

Meantime, however, the overall commander defends the need to maintain a dedicated detention center staff of 1,950 to 2,200 troops and civilians. The military is on its own here, no backup at the gate, which leads to a minefield and Cuba. Clarke said he might need his full force “if we had an act of mass non-compliance, a riot, something like.” Besides, he said, the 80 captives are spread out across four different facilities, and that makes it especially labor intensive.