Published July 07, 2014

As the debate flares anew over whether to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, supporters of the prison camp are pointing to an often forgotten factoid: Gitmo is one of the best real estate deals the U.S. taxpayers have ever seen.

Under a treaty signed more than a century ago, the United States technically pays Cuba a little more than $4,000 a year for the land. That’s roughly the monthly cost of an apartment in Midtown Manhattan. And it’s a check the Castro brothers’ government rarely cashes.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., among those lawmakers pushing for the camp to remain open, calls it a “good deal.”

“Rent is only $4,000 a year, which Fidel Castro routinely refuses to cash … out of protest,” the senator told on Monday.

Guantanamo Bay is back in the headlines following the controversial trade of American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees at the camp, and following the capture of a sought-after Benghazi attack suspect — whom some lawmaker