Major McElwain declined to say how a lot the consolidation price. Over time, he stated, the transfer would most definitely imply a discount in troops from the 1,500 largely National Guard members who primarily serve nine-month excursions of obligation at the detention operation, which has been estimated to price $13 million per prisoner per year.
Mr. Mohammed and the opposite high-value detainees have been held at the labeled Camp 7 web site after their switch to Guantánamo in September 2006. They had spent three to 4 years within the George W. Bush administration’s secret abroad jail community, referred to as black websites, the place the C.I.A. subjected its prisoners to sleep deprivation, compelled nudity, waterboarding and different bodily and psychological abuse.
By segregating the prisoners, below the watch of a particular guard unit referred to as Task Force Platinum, the intelligence companies might strictly monitor and management their communications and stop them from divulging what had occurred to them. Defense attorneys who have been finally granted entry to the boys have been certain by safety clearances to maintain their conversations labeled, together with in courtroom filings that accused authorities brokers of state-sponsored torture.
Camp 7 was lengthy one in every of Guantánamo’s most clandestine websites. The Pentagon refused to disclose its price, which contractor constructed it and when. Reporters weren’t permitted to see it, attorneys have been required to acquire a courtroom order to go to and its location was thought-about labeled, though sources pointed to it on a satellite map of the base.
In the brief time period, Major McElwain stated, Camp 7 “will be sanitized, shut down and locked.”
“A plan for its final disposition has yet to be determined,” he stated.
The former C.I.A. prisoners have been stored largely remoted of their early years at Camp 7. Each was allowed to communicate with just one different prisoner by means of a tarp throughout recreation time, in conversations that have been recorded for intelligence functions.
Their attorneys described the situations as mind-numbing till current years, when the commanders permitted the prisoners to eat and pray together below strict surveillance. They additionally had a cell the place they may put together meals to go time.