Tuesday, March 17, 2009

When Names Matter

Good news. There will be no more enemy combatants in Gitmo anymore. Not because the camp was closed down but the Obama Administration will no longer be using the term, 'Enemy Combatants'.

The Justice Department said in legal filings that it will no longer use the term "enemy combatants' to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
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Retired Army Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, a former Guantanamo official who has since become critical of the legal process, said it's a change in nothing but semantics.

"There's absolutely no change in the definition," Abraham said in a telephone interview. "To say this is a kinder more benevolent sense of justice is absolutely false. ... I think the only thing they've done is try to separate themselves from the energy of the debate" by eliminating Bush's phrasing.


Why not call the current economic downturn another word to make it bright and cheery. Crisis averted.

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