"Gitmo to get 40 million upgrade" Talk about a waste of tax payer money!!

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    U.S. base housing terror suspects to get $40 million upgrade

    The U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be getting an estimated $40 million communications upgrade, signaling it will continue its mission of holding top suspected terrorists and as a major humanitarian aid base in the region.

    The base, also known as Gitmo, will upgrade its limited satellite communications system to an underwater fiber optic line that will stretch from the base to the coast of Florida, according to Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale.

    The United States has alerted the Cuban government that it intends on starting the project this summer with a survey ship operating off the eastern coast of the country evaluating the expected route, but actual work of installing the cable will being within a couple of years.

    The outdated satellite communications system was overburdened with the military court hearing the cases of the top 9/11 plotters and other war-on-terrorism suspects, as well as the ongoing detention operations.

    Upgrading to a fiber optic line allows much more bandwidth and a more secure line during bad weather that can hamper satellite communications, according to Breasseale.

    While close to the United States, the base is still remote in southeastern Cuba, and is often in the path of severe weather. It generally houses about 6,000 troops and civilians.

    "The project will bring the base online with communication technology equal to that of the Department of Defense footprint around the world," Breasseale said.

    While the 45-square-mile base has become well known for holding terrorism suspects since early 2002, the base has been controlled by the United States for over 100 years, though its role has shrunk considerably over the decades.

    But the United States also uses it as a major contingency base for humanitarian aid operations, most recently using it as a staging ground to bring relief into earthquake-stricken Haiti in 2010. In the 1990s the base was also used to house refugees from Haitian political unrest.

    With large swaths of open land, the base is prepared to take on thousands who could be housed in tents, according to Breasseale.

    "The need for humanitarian aid is not going away, and this base is needed for that," Breasseale said.

    U.S. base housing terror suspects to get $40 million upgrade – CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs
     
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    Hopefully some day the prison will not be needed and the Atlantic Fleet can resume the use of GTMO as a base where ships go for refresher training. Regardless of its mission, the base is of vital importance to the United States.
     
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    Another reason Cuba should get rid of it.
     
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    "The Pentagon detention center that started out in January 2002 as a collection of crude open-air cells guarded by Marines in a muddy tent city is today arguably the most expensive prison on earth, costing taxpayers $800,000 annually for each of the 171 captives by Obama administration reckoning.

    That&#8217;s more than 30 times the cost of keeping a captive on U.S. soil."

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    Wait... What? I thought Obama closed GITMO... He said he was going to...
     
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    What makes this base soo vital that we need to spend a couple of billion per year to keep it open?

    Heck, the U.S. is only 90 miles away; we could train there.

    And give the land back to Cuba.
     
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    Too much money?
    Shoot the prisoners and turn Cuba into an R&R center.
     
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    As I said, hopefully it will not be needed as a prison some day so the cost of base operations will be decreased. The Puerto Ricans kicked us out of Rosey Roads so GTMO is our only naval base in the Caribbean. The US needs operating bases abroad.
     
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    Gitmo base operations need to cease.

    The state of Florida reaches far into the Caribbean.

    And we already several Navy bases strung out across the Gulf states.

    Gitmo is just a huge waste of tax payer's money.
     
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    The number of Gulf bases has dwindled along with the number of ships and other DOD assets in recent years. Shutting down even more is not good policy.
     

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