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Pentagon Looking at Gitmo Alternates in the US

Pentagon Looking at Gitmo Alternates in the US
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By    |   Tuesday, 13 October 2015 05:16 PM

The Pentagon is scouting two Colorado sites to house Guantanamo Bay prisoners —including a "supermax" lockup where jailed terrorists include 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef, "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, and "Unibomberer" Ted Kaczynski.

The team was planning to look at facilities at the federal correctional complex in Florence and the state penitentiary in Canon City as alternatives for a "limited" number of Gitmo detainees, according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross.

The Pentagon team also has looked at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, S.C. 

The search is underway as the Obama administration continues efforts to close the detention center in Cuba in the face of congressional resistance, restrictions on sending detainees abroad and complaints from prisoner advocates who object to the detainees being held indefinitely without charge

There are 114 prisoners left at Guantanamo, including 54 who have been cleared for release.

The tough Florence federal lockup — known as "Alcatraz of the Rockies" — currently holds 405 inmates, including some notorious convicted terrorists. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Pentagon is scouting two Colorado sites to house Guantanamo Bay prisoners -including a "supermax" lockup where jailed terrorists include 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef, "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, and "Unibomberer" Ted Kaczynski.
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