GUANTANAMO BAY - At the edge of the Caribbean, surrounded by barbed wire, are detention facilities that make up a prison for terrorism suspects.
Thursday, DCW50 got an up-close look at the seven detention camps in Guantanamo Bay. Fifteen years after September 11th, only two camps still hold detainees.
We started with 779 detainees and now we are down to 61. Out of that 61, ten are on trial, another twenty have been approved for transfer so there is a sense that the end may be near,” said Joint Forces Gitmo Spokesperson Johns Filostrat.
But just how close the end may be, greatly depends on what happens in Washington. President Obama wants to move the remaining detainees to other countries or to sites in the United States, including a super-max prison. However, many republicans do not want Gitmo closed, saying it is an important tool in the fight against terror and they worry about putting the detainees in U.S. facilities.
Years ago, Camp Delta held war criminals, now it is a medical facility and library for detainees.
KSM, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind September 11th, and four others accused of planning the attacks are imprisoned in Camp 7, in a secret location.
“It is no secret that Camp 7 is here, but what is classified is its location, and we don’t talk about its operation,” said Filostrat.
“The remaining detainee population is highly compliant,” Filostrat continued. Twenty have been approved for transfer to another country, so whenever we get that order from the State Department we will transfer them out of here.”
Detention facility officials also told DCW50, as the prisoner population dwindles so does the staff, by next year there will be about 400 less contractors and guards operating the camps.