Obama bans term “enemy combatant,” joins “terrorist” in unusable list

President Obama has removed another descriptive term from the U.S. government lexicon.

“Enemy combatant” will no longer be spoken.

The banned term joins “terrorists” on the verbally verbotten list.

Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, in Congressional testimony, refused to say the word “terrorists” except when asked about it.

In court filings Friday, the Justice Department said it will no longer use the term “enemy combatant” to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Obama still asserts the military’s authority to hold prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. But he says that authority comes from Congress and the international laws of war, not from the president’s own wartime power.

It sounds like President Obama is giving up on the war against whoever and those captured guys, well, who knows?




One Response to “Obama bans term “enemy combatant,” joins “terrorist” in unusable list”

  1. ms Says:

    Terrorists exist. Enemy combatants exist. Not using the words “terrorist” and “enemy combatants” does not make them disappear. Not using the correct terms or labeling them accurately will not lessen the severity of their actions or stop them from committing violent acts upon us.
    We have a vocabulary containing words that can accurately describe the actions of these people, not to use them is foolish and ignorant.
    LIsten to the rhetoric of these people and tell me another name for them.

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