Halliburton to build $30 million prison at Guantanamo
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
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
``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
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