Here are 20 Guantanamo Bay facts.

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1. The United States has leased Guantanamo Bay from Cuba for $4085 a month, but Cuba has only cashed one check in the past 5 decades – by accident. – Source

2. Sean Baker, a Military Policeman at Guantanamo Bay, was ordered to impersonate a prisoner in a training drill for US Soldiers to practice extracting uncooperative inmates from their cells. He was beaten so hard by other officers that he suffered from major seizures caused by traumatic brain injury. – Source

3. In 2001, Sami al-Hajj a journalist by profession was detained and held in Guantanamo Bay for 6 years, despite being completely innocent. – Source

4. At Guantanamo Bay the children’s song “I Love You” by Barney the Purple Dinosaur is used as a form of torture. – Source

5. Guantanamo Bay has a McDonalds; prisoners with good behavior are offered Happy Meals. – Source

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6. A 13-year-old boy was traded to U.S. forces for $10 and then held at Guantanamo Bay for more than a year. – Source

7. Guantanamo Bay spends $800,000 per year on each detainee. – Source

8. Echo Valley, an adult movie star from Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay, died in a car accident as a result of not wearing her seatbelt due to her large breasts. – Source

9. Guantanamo Bay provides its Muslim prisoners with a copy of the Quran, a chess set, and an arrow pointing towards Mecca. – Source

10. Guantanamo Bay was originally dubbed “Strawberry Fields” by the CIA officials, after the Beatles’ song, because detainees would be held there “forever”. – Source

11-15 Guantanamo Bay Facts

11. Wearing classic Casio F-91W digital watch can get you detained in Guantanamo Bay. – Source

12. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is the only American military base surrounded by a Communist country on 3 sides. – Source

13. More detainees have died at Guantanamo Bay than have been convicted of crimes in its military commissions. – Source

14. Cuban Army planted an 8 mile “Cactus Curtain” around the Guantanamo Bay to prevent Cubans from seeking refuge in the United States. – Source

15. Resume-writing course is offered to detainees at Guantanamo Bay. – Source

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16. Back in 2012, the government spent $750,000 on a soccer field for Guantanamo Bay prisoners. – Source

17. Pilots need to take a sudden 90-degree turn when landing at Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) to avoid flying into Cuban Airspace and line up for the approach. – Source

18. Around 2,000 troops and civilians are stationed at Guantanamo to staff the prison. There are currently 80 detainees, which amounts to roughly 25 staff members to one detainee held. – Source

19. Department of Defence awarded a $35 million project to a Texas company to build a fibre-optic cable from Florida to the Guantanamo base to solve the problem of internet shortages and upgrade telecommunications for the naval base. – Source

20. In 1964, Fidel Castro the Cuban President cut water and supplies to the Guantanamo bay hoping to compel the U.S. withdrawal. Instead, the base became self-sufficient for its own water and energy. – Source

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Last Update: December 1, 2016