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Trump budget includes $69 million investment in Guantanamo Bay reboot — $4.6 million per prisoner

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Photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military shows the razor wire-topped fence and watch tower at the abandoned "Camp X-Ray" detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photo by Mladen Antonov for Agence France-Presse.

No one has escaped Guantanamo Bay’s detention center in the fifteen years that it has been open, but the Pentagon wants to dramatically increase the budget for the top secret prison.

According to the Miami Herald, the Pentagon is asking for $69 million to house the 15 former CIA captives. That comes out to $4.6 million per prisoner. It is part of the 2019 Defense Department budget released this week and it warns “Prison Camp 7” is at risk of “mechanical, electrical and secure-communications failure.” It would make the jobs of the U.S. Army guards “risky.”

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Their proposal called Gitmo the “maximum-security detention facility” that should last for 40 years. They are also asking for a confidential, “legal visitation area.” Presumably for the rest of the detainees seeking legal action to be released.

According to The Herald, the proposal doesn’t include details such as the number of cells but it did say the facility “will be available for use by other components.” There was no explanation why.

Trump signed an executive order to keep the prison open in January.


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Former federal prosecutor says judge could void Trump’s pardon for Flynn — here’s how

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Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner responded to President Donald Trump's pardon of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by saying that it's entirely possible that the judge in Flynn's case could nullify the pardon.

"Just as Judge Emmet Sullivan refused to grant Barr’s corrupt motion to dismiss, I hope Judge [Emmet] Sullivan sets a hearing on whether this pardon is corrupt & hence illegal/void," said Kirschner.

https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1331713173171343368

Civil Rights attorney Andrew Laufer agreed, saying that he too wants to see how Judge Sullivan deals with the development.

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Reporter busts Trump with damning list of times he previously claimed Flynn was guilty

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump decided to issue a full pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Russia investigation — despite Flynn's attempt to take back his plea and Attorney General William Barr's efforts to shut down the prosecution.

Although Trump and his supporters for years have painted Flynn as a hero, that was not always the sentiment, however. As BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold noted in a lengthy Twitter thread, Trump previously was enraged with Flynn's criminal conduct, and publicly declared him a liar.

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Nicolle Wallace bashes ‘two-bit criminal’ Trump for ‘skivvy’ tweet pardoning Michael Flynn

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Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn admitted his guilt to Judge Emmett Sullivan, but President Donald Trump announced that the former director of national intelligence would never see jail time. After issuing a pardon to Flynn the day before Thanksgiving, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace attacked the manner in which Trump announced the pardon: by tweet.

"Of all the sordid tales of Trump's presidency, this one might take the cake," said Wallace. "We knew this might be coming. We know Donald Trump likes the power to pardon. There's some reporting he's looking at a pardon for lots of other people. I wonder what your sense is about what else Donald Trump has up his sleeve?"

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