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FOIA News: Reporter Demands Info on Guantanamo Money

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Reporter Demands Info on Guantanamo Money

By Britain Eakin, Courthouse News Service, Oct. 26, 2016

A Miami Herald reporter who has covered the Guantanamo prison camp for 15 years sued the Pentagon on Monday, claiming it stonewalled her request for information about $340 million in upgrades, new construction and staffing in years to come, despite President Obama's long-stated goal of closing the prison.

Carol Rosenberg asked the Department of Defense and its U.S. Southern Command about its plans to spend more than $340 million at Guantanamo in the next five years, she said in her federal FOIA complaint.

"Despite the shrinking prison population, the Obama Administration's stated intent to close the base, and presidential candidate [Hillary] Clinton's support for closing the base, evidence suggests that the level of staffing at Guantanamo is nearing a historic high," the complaint states.

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