Report: Obama Ends Gitmo Closure Effort, Citing Costs

December 2, 2015

President Barack Obama is calling off his administration's efforts to close the Gutanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, the Wall Street Journal reports (from behind their paywall).

As we've reported, prison facilities in Colorado were among those being considered to house the remaining Guantanamo detainees.

State lawmakers and officials had objected to that course of action, but according to the Journal, those objections took a back seat to another hurdle: costs: 

The Pentagon estimated it would require as much as $600 million to close the prison, including a one-time capital investment of as much as $350 million in construction costs, according to officials familiar with the Pentagon plan, which hasn’t been released publicly.

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