The Miami Herald

Reaction To Obama Enemy Combatant policy
The Miami Herald

« The Justice Department was right to recognize that it should not be holding prisoners as `enemy combatants.’ But the new definition of persons who may be held without charge does not differ in any fundamental respects from the old one, and it significantly distorts important traditional Law of War distinctions between international and non-international armed conflict. The concept of indefinite detention without criminal charge continues, and the class of persons to be detained remains ill-defined and overly broad. » • Elisa Massimino, executive director of Human Rights First

« It appears on first reading that whatever they call those they claim the right to detain, they have adopted almost the same standard the Bush administration used to detain people without charge — with one change, the addition of the word `substantially’ before the word ‘supported.’ This is really a case of old wine in new bottles. » • Center for Constitutional Rights

« The Obama administration’s newly issued position on Guantanamo detainees is a disappointment. Rather than rejecting the Bush administration’s ill-conceived notion of a ‘war on terror,’the Obama administration’s position on detainees has merely tinkered with its form. » • Human Rights Watch