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Halliburton awarded Guantanamo expansion contract

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense has awarded Kellogg Brown and Root Services [corporate website], the engineering and construction arm of Halliburton [corporate website; JURIST news archive], the contract [DOD announcement] to build a planned $30 million permanent detention facility [JURIST report] and security fence at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Thursday. The facility, to be completed by July 2006, will be a two-story, 220-man, air-conditioned building with day rooms, exercise areas, medical and dental spaces and a security control room. The announcement comes in the midst of heated debate [JURIST report] among lawmakers, the military, human rights organizations and others over the legality and necessity of the existing facility and the treatment of detainees. Reuters has more.

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