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Pentagon team scouts Colorado sites for Guantanamo prisoners

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2015 | 10:07 AM


A team of Pentagon officials is in Colorado to scout potential sites to hold prisoners from the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Pentagon said the visits are informational and no sites have been selected. The military needs an alternative to Guantanamo as part of any plan to close the detention centre in Cuba because some prisoners who would remain in custody.

Navy Commander Gary Ross said the team will evaluate facilities at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado, and the state penitentiary in Canon City. Pentagon spokesman Ross said the survey would take place yesterday through Thursday. Congress would have to approve moving them to the US

The US holds 114 prisoners at Guantanamo, about half of whom have been cleared for release.