Pentagon On the Lookout for New Home for Gitmo Detainees

© AFP 2022 / POOL//Brennan LinsleyIn this photo, reviewed by the US Military, a guard leans on a fencepost as a Guantanamo detainee, left, jogs inside the exercise yard at Camp 5 detention center, the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 21, 2009
In this photo, reviewed by the US Military, a guard leans on a fencepost as a Guantanamo detainee, left, jogs inside the exercise yard at Camp 5 detention center, the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 21, 2009 - Sputnik International
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As part of the Obama administration plan to close the Guantanamo detention center, the Defense Department has been tasked with investigating possible prisons to hold Gitmo detainees deemed too dangerous to be transferred to overseas facilities.

A detainee is escorted to interrogation by U.S. military guards at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — The US Department of Defense has begun reviewing military prison facilities to hold detainees transferred to the United States from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Department spokesman Commander Gary Ross told Sputnik on Tuesday.

Ross confirmed reports that a survey team reviewed the Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas late last week. The team is also conducting a fact-finding mission at the Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, South Carolina.

"The surveys will develop a baseline that will be used in continuing efforts to develop options for the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and will allow us to provide Congress with accurate, up-to-date details regarding how detainees would be held in the United States," Ross said.

Other sites will also be considered in the future, but the Defense Department has not released that information yet.

According to US media reports, there are 116 prisoners remaining in the facility, 64 of which could be transferred to the United States, including the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States, Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

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