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Fiber optic cable requested for Guantanamo

John Moe Jul 6, 2012

You know that base at Guantanamo Bay that the U.S. military has been using to keep suspected terrorists? It’s been in the news a bit? Well, it sure doesn’t look like it’s closing any time soon, as evidenced by a request by the military to install fiber optic cable to improve Internet and other communications.

From the AP:

(Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale) said the cable would run 800 miles (1,290 kilometers) from Guantanamo Bay to South Florida and could start operating within two years.
Cuban authorities have been notified about the project, and the survey ship USNS Zeus is expected to arrive at the naval base in upcoming weeks.
Currently, technicians have to constantly reroute bandwidths depending on the needs of the various organizations based in Guantanamo, Breasseale said.

Also from the same article:

“We have plans to close the detention facility,” he said. “That remains our goal.”


Of course, Lt. Colonel. Of course you do.  

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