Just when you thought we couldn’t become any more ridiculous. Figured this was a gag, but it’s not.
When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014.
Somehow this escaped public notice, not to mention the appropriate ridicule, but it actually pre-dates November 13.
Prohibition on transfer of unprivileged enemy belligerents to the United States
No unprivileged enemy belligerent who is in the custody or under the effective control of theDepartment of Defense or any other Federal entity may be transferred to or released in the United States.
A person who transfers or releases, or assists in the transfer or release, of an unprivileged enemy belligerent to or within the United States shall be fined in accordance with title 18, United States Code, imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.
Unprivileged enemy belligerent
For purposes of this Act, the termunprivileged enemy belligerenthas the meaning given such term in section 948a(7) of title 10, United States Code, and includes any individual (other than a member of the Armed Forces) under detention at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as of the date of the enactment of this Act.
And it goes back even further. Can’t we just go back to calling them terrorists?