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GUANTANAMO-EXCLUSIVE 09-05

Tent city for war trials

The Pentagon is building a $10 million military tent city at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to hold the first war-crimes trials since World War II, a senior military official told the Miami Herald Wednesday.

The plan has been dramatically scaled back from an earlier blueprint that envisioned a huge legal compound at the remote Naval base in southeast Cuba — housing for 1,200, dining facilities for 800, a 100-car motor pool and conference center with projected costs of up to $125 million. That plan was abandoned amid controversy about the costs.

The new blueprints feature hurricane-resistant, air-conditioned tents that look like small aircraft hangars to accommodate service members and civilians working on the trials — including media and legal observers.

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