First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

We write for you

It’s a public service and we refuse to erect a paywall and force you to pay for truth. Instead, we ask (nicely and often) that those of you who can afford to, become a Maverick Insider and help with whatever you can. In order for truth not to become a thing of the past, we need to keep going.

Currently, 18,000 (or less than 0.3%) of our brave and generous readers are members; which says a lot about their characters and commitment to our country. These people are paying for a free service in order to keep it free for everyone.

They are the true South AfriCANs.(Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.)

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Oops! Guantánamo won’t be closed by January

Defend Truth

Oops! Guantánamo won’t be closed by January

US President Barack Obama has now acknowledged that the administration will miss its self-imposed deadline to close the prisoners’ detention centre at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by mid-January. During his East Asia trip, Obama said that with “Guantánamo, we had a specific deadline that was missed”. He hopes to shut it down in 2010, but without giving a new date. Shutting down Guantánamo has been increasingly less likely as the administration bumped into a range of political and logistical tripwires, including the resignation of the White House counsel who had drafted the original order to close the facility. But many members of Congress, as well as residents living near proposed relocation sites, have opposed administration plans to relocate the remaining 200 inmates to other countries or prisons in the US. Last week, the attorney general, Eric Holder, announced that five terrorism suspects — including the self-avowed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed — would be tried in a federal court rather than in military tribunals. For more, read the New York Times


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted