March 13th, 2009
04:15 PM ET
11 years ago

U.S. reverses policy, drops 'enemy combatant' term

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a dramatic break with the Bush administration, the Justice Department on Friday announced it is doing away with the designation of "enemy combatant," which allowed the United States to hold suspected terrorists at length without criminal charges.

In a court filing in Washington, the Justice Department said it is developing a new standard for the government's authority to hold detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

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  1. reiner

    Reading the comments posted, I find it interesting that according to some that 48% of the U.S. voters wants your president to fail, thus in my book, your country to fail. No matter what you call the detained people, should they not get a fair trial.
    Only in that way the world will be made aware of the austrocities they might have commited and once and for all the U.S. to become clean and maybe the respect towards you will be restored throughout the world.
    would that not be worth it?

    March 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Freed_From_W

    "Lets have tea with terrorists!!

    Obama is too Hell bent on playing nice with these people. We have NOT had an attack on this country since 9/11, hope that holds true under Obama, but I wouldn't be on it. Sorry, but I value the rights of Americans over those of terrorists."

    Just in case you forgot THE ENTIRETY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION... The founding fathers would be considered domestic terrorists. (Bonus points for me pointing this out from a post mentioning tea...)

    Not that true terrorism isn't horrible, but blindly stating the
    gray republican label of "terrorist" for describing someone who is hostile to others is stupid.

    The Taliban was relatively under control in Iraq before Fuhrer Bush decided to blow it up. The Taliban had 30% control over the opium business before the Bush invasion, and now they have nearly 98% of it controlled, and use the money from it to blow up the soldiers in Iraq; Which you people then use for evidence to your idiotic "OMG LOOK we dun't get all 'dem turr'sts yet" argument for staying there.

    Do you not understand that prisons, ALL PRISONS, are pure hate factories? If you take your enemy, put them behind bars, humiliate them and hurt them, treat them like animals and not humans, OF COURSE their comrades are going to be pissed and violent!!

    Now, please step back from your computer, put your hands on a book, and don't stop reading until you've gained a little perspective.

    March 13, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Leave Sarah alone, CA

    Thank you!, God, for saving us from Mccain-Palin, and their followers!

    March 13, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Leave Sarah alone, CA

    Thank you!, God, for saving us from Mccain-Palin, and their followers!

    March 13, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Shooky

    How many Americans will terrorists have to kill before liberals realize these turds are not human, therefore have no human rights? Not much longer until liberals start demanding we pay reparations to these turds.

    March 13, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. dumbocrat alert

    Franks, Reids, Dodds and Pelosis' are liberals, that's one step short of that 'T' word.

    March 13, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. ChuckDi

    It doesn't matter what the Obama administration calls the terrorists at Gitmo. The serious matter is what will this administration do with those detained at Gitmo and what they will do with other terrorists that will be captured in the furture.

    It is easy to say we will close Gitmo without saying how or where we will put these terrorists. It is easier to say we not call these terrorists enemy combatants without saying what we will call them.

    If this situation was reversed, would American military members survive a beheading at the hands of terrorists?

    March 13, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. I Am The Great And Powerful Wizard Of Rush

    Shooky: The next Terrorist Attack will be from home-grown American whites: Are you going to give them their rights?

    March 13, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Mohamed, Minneosta

    As a proud Muslim American i want justice to be done for this people if they have commited a crime lets show the effidance and give them what they deserve. But to hold some1 in jail for over 8years and not charge them with anything is just wrong. Just imagine if one of your relative was being held for 8 years without even being charged with anything how would you feel?

    i say charge them convict them and send them to jail or let them go if we have nothing on them.

    March 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Raymond

    LuckyLeo, NJ writes,

    "You, my friend, are NO American then. I've read some rediculous things on blogs but this is by far the most dispicable. You should be ashamed of yourself."


    Hey leo, if you'd remove your head from Obama's coccyx you MIGHT get a better perspective of what is happening to our country.

    – No Earmarks ... oops
    – Ethical appointments... oops
    – No lobbyists... oops
    – Bring all the troops home... oops

    The ONLY promises Obama is keeping is his reaching out to our enemies:
    – $1 Billion to Palestine
    – Pulling Poland's missile defense to appease Russia
    – Closing Gitmo
    – Refuting "enemy combatant"

    The list goes on and on. But you just keep your head tucked in nice and tightly.... and keep expressing outrage at those who see Obama for what he is.... Ceasar's Brutus.

    March 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Little too late????

    What do we call them??? Victims?? Wrongfully accused??


    DO you hear me?? TERRORISTS. The next time one of these 'released victims' kill an American, THEN what do we do, Mr President??? Say we made a mistake, screwed up???

    March 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. JJ12345

    What do we call them in the meantime? Undocumented Immigrants, Community Organizers, the newest members of the Democratic Party? people seeking religious asylum?

    March 13, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. JonDie

    "Enemy combatant" is a designation that only Josef Stalin and George W. Bush could actually like.

    March 13, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. JJ

    @bid ED
    Don't forget China is holding the pink slip on the U.S. since they bought an enormous amount of debt Mr. Bush accrued during his 8 years in office.


    Which is nothing compared to what Obama just pink slipped us in two months.....

    March 13, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. JJ

    And oh by the way, we're still waiting on his "plan" on what were going to do with these knuckleheads when they do close Gitmo. The reality is, he has no plan.......

    March 13, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Kasia

    Recovery???? What recovery. Had Obama let thgnis alone we would have recovered with low unemployment and growth at or above 5%. His,"fixing," the problem is directly responsible for this mess and the arroance of him laughing at it no matter what the reason insults Americans who are struggling to survive in HIS economy.

    July 16, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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