The U.S. may use facilities at Guantanamo Bay to house refugees from the Haitian earthquake, according to a Pentagon official.

At a press briefing yesterday, Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, said the Departmen of Defense is considering using Guantanamo Bay as part of the U.S. relief efforts.

"It's a resource that's available if we need to take advantage of it for various reasons," Fraser said. "So we're looking across the region to just understand what the possibilities are there."

Guantanamo Bay is the closest military outpost to Haiti. Ironically, the first detention facilities at Guantanamo were built in 1991 to house refugees from the Haitian military coup in 1991.