Statistics: Guantanamo by the Numbers
Close to 800 of these suspected enemy combatants were blind-folded, bound and taken by plane to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba . Guantanamo Bay lies on the southeastern edge of Cuba . The United States won control of this 45 square mile harbor area over 100 years ago as part of the victory in the Spanish-American War. Under the terms of the lease signed with the newly installed Cuban government at the time, the U.S. could maintain control over the naval base in perpetuity for $2000.00 per year in gold coins. A 1934 treaty between the U.S. and Cuba reaffirmed the lease, modified the annual lease payment from coins to $4085.00, and reaffirmed the permanency of the lease unless both governments agreed to break it or the U.S. abandoned the base property. (fyi - since taking control of Cuba , Fidel Castro has only cashed one U.S. check).
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ABOUT GUANTANAMO STATISTICS
Specific References on Guantanamo Statistics
How Guantanamo's Prisoners Were Sold
Guantanamo Statistics: Further Reading
REPORT ON GUANTANAMO DETAINEES: A Profile of 517 Detainees through Analysis of Department of Defense Data by Mark Denbeaux and Joshua Denbeaux provides a breakdown of the allegations against the detainees at Guantanamo, as well as analysis of other characteristics of the Guantanamo detainee population.