Wasted Opportunities: The Cost of Detention Operations at Guantánamo Bay [Infographic]
The ACLU has repeatedly stated that the prison at Guantánamo Bay is an affront to American values and the rule of law. But only recently have we learned – thanks to a report by Defense Secretary Hagel – that detention at Guantánamo breaks the budget as much as it is wrong. In fact, maintaining the prison at Guantánamo has cost the American taxpayer $4.8 billion since it opened in 2002, and an average of $493 million every year for the last five years. This unnecessary and wasteful spending comes at a time when budgets are shrinking and even the most vital programs for veterans, service members, and their families are subject to painful cuts.
The injustice of Guantánamo is costing us a fortune. Here's how that money could be better spent.
1. Secretary of Defense, costs of detention operations at Guantánamo Bay
2. Office of Management and Budget, military staff health care costs
3. Department of Veterans Affairs, medical programs budget
4. Department of Defense, Operation and Maintenance Overview
5. Department of Veterans Affairs, budget "fast facts"