Saturday, March 14, 2009

Obama drops "enemy combatants" term

The Obama administration said Friday that Guantanamo detainees will no longer be listed as "enemy combatants." The president is also dropping the Bush administration claim that the commander in chief has the right to detain suspects without trial.

However, the White House is retaining the practice of holding Guantanamo's detainees indefinitely.

Lawyers fighting against the government's detention policies, though, said that things remain practically the same despite the changes.

Reactions to the announcement differed sharply. Military Families United saw the change as a "drastic dismantling of the war on terror." The American Civil Liberties Union called it "deeply troubling" because it retained an "overly broad interpretation" of who can be held as a war prisoner. (LA Times)

Obama administration dropping 'enemy combatant' term - ‎5 hours ago‎
Seeking to distance itself from the Bush administration, the Justice Department is omitting 'enemy combatant' from its filing that defines detention of prisoners at Guantánamo.

1 comment:

wc#3 said...

Rush Limbaugh predicted he wouldn't be able to close Gitmo. There's no place to put these guys, unless Nancy Pelosi has a room at her mansion...

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