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Not an Enemy Combatant Because the Court Says So

I wrote Tuesday about the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals from the DC Circuit which presumes to overrule the commander-in-chief’s determination that a Uighur detainee — who received paramilitary training from an al Qaeda affiliate — is an enemy combatant.

At the Weekly Standard, Tom Joscelyn fills in the blanks about the close relationship between the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, which trained the Uighurs captured in the war on terror, and Osama bin Laden’s terror network.  Tom suggests that the military (that would be the professional fighters to whom we used to entrust the task of recognizing who the enemy operatives trying to kill them are) had very good reason to label the Uighurs as enemy combatants in a war against al Qaeda and its confederates.  It would be interesting to know why the Court decided this wasn’t good enough and, again, where exactly the Court believes we should now release these jihadist trainees.  (Because of classified information issues, the decision has not yet been released.)

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