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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5081827,00.html Halliburton Unit Gets Guantanamo Contract Friday June 17, 2005 7:46 PM WASHINGTON (AP) - A
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      Halliburton Unit Gets Guantanamo Contract

      Friday June 17, 2005 7:46 PM

      WASHINGTON (AP) - A subsidiary of Houston-based
      Halliburton has been awarded a $30 million contract to
      build an improved 220-bed prison for terrorism
      suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon
      announced.

      Kellogg Brown and Root Services Inc. of Arlington,
      Va., is to build a two-story prison that includes day
      rooms, exercise areas, medical bays, air conditioning
      and a security control room, according to the
      Pentagon. It is to be completed by July 2006.

      Congress previously approved the funding for the
      construction job. Some members, along with human
      rights groups, are now calling for Guantanamo to close
      because of reports of prisoner abuses there and
      because the foreign detainees are being held
      indefinitely with no charges filed.

      KBR beat out two other bids for the job, the Pentagon
      said.

      ``The future detention facility will be based on
      prison models in the U.S. and is designed to be safer
      for the long-term detention of detainees and the
      guards,'' according to a statement provided by a
      Pentagon spokesman. ``It is also expected to require
      less manpower to operate.''

      The new prison building, called Detention Camp 6, will
      replace some of the older facilities at the Navy base,
      which officials say are not adequate for holding
      prisoners for the long term.

      The total contract could be worth up to $500 million
      through 2010, the Pentagon said. The Naval Facilities
      Engineering Command, Atlantic, in Norfolk, Va., is the
      contracting agency.

      About 520 prisoners from the Bush administration's war
      on terrorism are held at Guantanamo. Already, $110
      million has been spent on construction there, and the
      prison costs about $95 million a year to operate.

      White House officials have said there are no plans to
      close the facility because the detainees being held
      there are too dangerous to release while the war on
      terror continues.
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