(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) The Pentagon late Monday said it is studying the cost of moving inmates from Guantanamo to military jails in South Carolina and Kansas, as the White House seeks to close the controversial facility.
A team was surveying the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth on Friday and will do a similar assessment at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston later this month, said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.
He added that the team will assess the costs associated with construction and other changes that would be needed in order to use the facility to house the detainees as well as conduct military commission trials for those accused of war crimes.
The White House is currently putting finishing touches on a new plan to close Guantanamo, which will be presented to lawmakers for review.
Guantanamo opened in January 2002 on the heels of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York's World Trade Center and on the Pentagon in Washington. The closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been a top priority for President Barack Obama, who pledged on his first day in office to shut it down. But that effort has faced persistent hurdles, including staunch opposition from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress and ongoing difficulties transferring out the dozens of detainees who have been cleared to leave.