DOJ Drops Use of ‘Enemy Combatant’ Language

By | March 14, 2009

Justice Department  considering charging Ali al Marri in U.S. courtThe Justice Department today told a federal court that it has the power to detain those who “substantially” supported Taliban or al Qaeda forces after Sept. 11 but is dropping the legal use of the phrase “enemy combatant” to describe such detainees.

In the court filing, lawyers for the Obama administration wrote that the president based his detention authority on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed by Congress in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The administration also advised the judge that it is involved in a “forward-looking multi-agency effort” to develop a comprehensive detention policy and that its views may “evolve” as a result.

via ABC News: DOJ Drops Use of ‘Enemy Combatant’ Language.

Mind restoring habeas corpus while your at it?

On January 21, 2009, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order regarding the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and the individuals held there. This order asserted that “[they] have the constitutional privilege of the writ of habeas corpus”. [19]wikipedia

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