This image reviewed by the US military shows a bird resting on concertina wire outside the 'Camp Six' detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 19, 2012 (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. commander in South and Central America says as much as $170 million is needed to improve facilities for the troops stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention center that President Barack Obama has marked for extinction. The head of U.S. Southern Command, Gen. John Kelly, told lawmakers Wednesday that upgrades to buildings including barracks and the dining hall for the American personnel at the U.S. base in Cuba are badly needed. He described the living conditions for American personnel at Guantanamo as "pretty questionable."
Kelly also said, though, the detainees are living in humane conditions.
Obama had pledged to shutter the prison at Guantanamo soon after taking office but Congress opposed it, passing a law that prohibits the government from transferring Guantanamo prisoners to U.S. soil.