'Enemy Combatants' No More

First, President Obama announced he would close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Now, CNN is reporting that President Obama has cleared the “enemy combatant” designation from Guantanamo Bay detainees. In a court filing, “the Justice Department said it is developing a new standard for the government's authority to hold detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.” The Justice Department will no longer rely on the president’s authority as commander in chief, but on authority granted by Congress.