Military Closes Once-Secret Guantanamo Bay Prison Unit
For 15 years the U.S. military and CIA ran a secret prison unit within the Guantanamo Bay base. They refused to confirm its location on the base and never allowed journalists to see it. On Sunday the Pentagon disclosed is has closed mystery-shrouded Camp 7 and relocated the prisoners who were being held there to adjacent Camp 5.
The Miami-based Southern Command revealed few details about the move, declining to specify how many prisoners were relocated, only that they were moved “safely and without incident.” At one point officials had said that 14 men were being held at Camp 7. There are thought to be 40 prisoners at Guantanamo.
Southern Command said the move was made “to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness.” Camp 7, which officials said was never intended to be permanent, had fallen into disrepair and had structural issues that needed be addressed. The Pentagon initially had intended to make the necessary repairs but ultimately decided it was better decision financially not to proceed.