June 14, 2005

Yes, and No

Thankfully, the adults are still in charge:

Suggesting that the Guantanamo Bay prison for suspected terrorists will operate for years, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday that such a detention center will be needed until the war on terror is over.

Comparisons of Guantanamo to the gulags or complaints about the abuse suffered by the men kept incarcerated there are ridiculous and display a complete ignorance of the history of warfare and POWs, not to mention an attitude that assumes we are not really at war. There is, though, one thing that does bother me:

He [Rumsfeld] said U.S. taxpayers have already spent $100 million to build the facility in Cuba, which he said is costing $90 million to $95 million a year to operate.

Now, I don't know if these numbers are right, but if they are, that means we are spending $200,000 each year to keep each one of these prisoners locked up. That bothers me. Maybe Sheriff Joe Arpaio could help with a few ways to cut expenses.

Posted by Charles Austin at June 14, 2005 08:15 PM

Something tells me the vast majority of that money is going to lawyers. Just a guess.

$250 an hour, forty hours a week, is half a million, for one lawyer. And I should think they have more than one, just in p.r.

Posted by: Tanya at 10:22 AM