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For too long the prison at Guantanamo Bay has been a blight on our nation and a recruiting tool for extremists. We need to close Gitmo now and bring justice to victims of terrorism by prosecuting detainees in federal courts. Given the deliberate and cynical campaign by former Vice President Dick Cheney and hard-core conservatives to scare and confuse Americans, many truths about Gitmo have been distorted or obscured. Here are the real facts to know about the prison at Guantanamo.

Did you know:

  • Of the 779 detainees who have spent time at Guantanamo’s detention center, 226 still remain. 550 of the detainees have already been released or transferred to another country, and only 3 have ever been convicted of any crime by the United States.

  • In the United States, 195 international terrorist have been convicted since 2001 by the federal court system and sent to supermax prisons.

  • No one has ever escaped from a supermax prison.

  • The New York Times has estimated that operating Guantanamo costs anywhere from $90- to $118-million per year.

  • With 226 detainees left, that means we spend anywhere from $400,000 to $520,000 per detainee, per year.

  • Incarceration in a supermax prison costs $75,000 per inmate, per year.

  • On three separate occasions – Rasul v. Bush in 2004, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in 2006 and Boumediene v. Bush in 2008 – the Supreme Court found that key pieces of the Bush Administration’s detention policy were in violation of the US Constitution.

  • Susan Crawford, the Bush Administration’s top official for reviewing practices at Guantanamo, said in January of 2009, “We tortured [Mohammed al-] Qahtani… His treatment met the legal definition of torture.”

Click here to learn more about the torture that occurred at Guantanamo.

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