$69M TO REPLACE TOP-SECRET DETAINEE SECTION AT GITMO

The Pentagon is requesting $69 million to replace the top-secret portion of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility that houses 15 “high-value” detainees, including the alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The request, first reported Tuesday by the Miami Herald, was part of the Pentagon’s overall $686 billion budget request for fiscal 2019, which was released Monday.

“Existing facilities have far exceeded their service life expectancy and are deteriorating rapidly,” Army budget documents read. “If this project is not provided, detainees will continue to be housed in facilities that will degrade to the point of risking failure to meet operational and life, health and safety standards.”

The budget request comes weeks after President Trump reaffirmed his desire to keep Guantanamo open and potentially send new detainees there by signing an executive order that rescinds former President Obama’s order to close the facility.

Trump’s order also requires Defense Secretary James Mattis to provide recommendations on how to handle any potential newly captured individuals.

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