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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Unprivileged belligerents; this seemingly ambiguous term has replaced the label “enemy combatant” by our nation’s government in an official capacity.

Why is this a big deal?  Because a couple of days ago the Pentagon has written into its “Department of Defense Law of War Manual” that Journalists can now be placed in that category.

I want that to sink in for a second.

Journalists, foreign and domestic, can now be treated as “enemy combatants”.  For those of you who aren’t quite sure just what that means, let me quickly define the possibilities of what being an enemy combatant/unprivileged belligerent can entail.

1. Renditions – kidnaping, expediting across international borders, and holding indefinitely, without due process.
2. Termination – Currently limited to “foreign soil” assassination, however renditions makes this a moot point.  Then it goes on to list acceptable ways in which terminations can be carried out.
3. Domestic detention (Limited/unprovoked) – Including but not limited to; flight restrictions, and revoking passports/visas.

The list continues but I think you get the point.

I’m pretty sure you can understand the implications this could have on raw information.

One of the biggest problems, aside from the obvious, is that the term “Unprivileged belligerent” is so undefined.  There aren’t exact criteria or specifications or even scenarios in which to directly say, “Yes that person is, or is not an unprivileged belligerent.” The determination is entirely left up to the powers that be, in the moment.  Nobody seems to be able to tell you how they interpret the rules, either.  It’s more along the line of, whatever the need is at the time. This of course, lends itself to an entire cacophony of problems, and shady backroom murderous plots. To put it dramatically.

I find the entire thing reprehensible.