Good grief … Another clear message for the Obama Administration:
More Change we can believe in? In Obama’s world there are no such thing as “enemy combatants” … only people who are misunderstood. Individuals that we need to understand. Barack Obama has decided to abandon the term “enemy combatants” used to describe the jihadi and terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay. In more easier terms, enemies of the United States.
The Obama administration said Friday that it is abandoning one of President George W. Bush’s key phrases in the war on terrorism: enemy combatant. But that won’t change much for the detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba — Obama still asserts the military’s authority to hold them. Human rights attorneys said they were disappointed that Obama didn’t take a new stance.
The Justice Department said in legal filings that it will no longer use the term “enemy combatants’ to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Michelle Malkin asks what’s next?
Let the re-branding begin. Bucktown Dusty suggests the DOJ will start calling them “Undocumented Protagonists” ; suicide bombers will be “Next Life Enablers.”
Hot Air is pointing out that Obama might be changing the name semantically; however, many of Obama’s policies are similar to that of GWB. They ask, is it possible that GITMO will be open for a longer period of time than originally states. As Hot Air points out, it’s the typical Barack Obama MO, or would that be BOMO?
However, is it really change? The Center for Constitutional Rights, who have fought for terrorist release stated, “This is really a case of old wine in new bottles.” The CNN headline reads that U.S. reverses policy, but did they? Maybe the detaining policy can be better stated at the SCOTUS blog.
The Obama Administration disclosed on Friday that it will no longer claim the power to detain terrorism suspects under the label “enemy combatant,” even while claiming broad authority to detain those who are a part of terrorist networks or who supplied “substantial support” to such forces. The authority, it said, extends to places other than battlefields if Afghanistan, but did not say where else detainees might be seized.
The document cast aside a claim by the former Bush Administration that the President has detention power solely because of his role as Commander-in-Chief.
It told a federal judge that it is “refining” its claim of detention authority, relying on Congress’ resolution passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and on “principles of the laws of war.” It proposed a new definition of that authority, for use as Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ habeas challenges moved forward in federal civilian courts. But it said it may alter its detention policies after a wide-ranging, inter-agency review is completed in about six months.
Want frightening to national security? This is what the United States has as their choice for AG under Barack Obama. Attorney General Eric Holder’s former law firm has been calling the Gitmo detainees by a different name for a while now, clients.