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New DOD Law - Journalists are Unprivleged Belligerents

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DOD's Law of War guidelines allow journalists to be held as 'belligerents'

New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they think journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.

The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say. Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain journalists for any number of perceived offenses.

"In general, journalists are civilians," the 1,180 page manual says, but it adds that "journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents."

A person deemed "unprivileged belligerent" is not entitled to the rights afforded by the Geneva Convention, so a commander could restrict from certain coverage areas or even hold indefinitely without charges any reporter considered an "unprivileged belligerent."

More: http://www.stripes.com/news/dod-s-law-of-war-guidelines-allow-journalists-to-be-held-as-belligerents-1.364646

 

 

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Beware!!!

DOD's Law of War guidelines allow journalists to be held as 'belligerents'

New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they think journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.

The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say. Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain journalists for any number of perceived offenses.

"In general, journalists are civilians," the 1,180 page manual says, but it adds that "journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents."

A person deemed "unprivileged belligerent" is not entitled to the rights afforded by the Geneva Convention, so a commander could restrict from certain coverage areas or even hold indefinitely without charges any reporter considered an "unprivileged belligerent."

More: http://www.stripes.com/news/dod-s-law-of-war-guidelines-allow-journalists-to-be-held-as-belligerents-1.364646

 

 

Hmmm, good timing for all of this!

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Holy F#$%^!@! Considering how many "reporters" these days are not officially employed by "legit" media companies, this could be applied to Anyone who "reports" any "news", couldn't it? This could apply to US, if we shared it elsewhere. Gah!@!@#!!!@$!! :akomjiis:

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Yup! "Another provision says that "relaying of information"  - eeeks! "could be construed as "taking a direct part in hostilities."

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 It never ceases to amaze me how people can take old news and run with it . This is been the position of the military since open media has been around. 

 

 I mean my god don't any of you remember when Geraldo Rivera drew a map in the sand ?

 

 They have always done this because of operational security .  And I hate to tell you guys but I'm all for it if it saves one American kids life in battle .

 

 This is a large part of the link that was provided ............

 

 

"The manual adds, "Reporting on military operations can be very similar to collecting intelligence or even spying. A journalist who acts as a spy may be subject to security measures and punished if captured." It is not specific as to the punishment or under what circumstances a commander can decide to "punish" a journalist.

Defense Department officials said the reference to "unprivileged belligerents" was intended to point out that terrorists or spies could be masquerading as reporters, or warn against someone who works for jihadist websites or other publications, such as al-Qaida's "Inspire" magazine, that can be used to encourage or recruit militants.

Another provision says that "relaying of information" could be construed as "taking a direct part in hostilities." Officials said that is intended to refer to passing information about ongoing operations, locations of troops or other classified data to an enemy."

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It was the media presence in Vietnam that caused quite a strife.  Why do we need them reporting on women and children being killed?  Collateral damage is just that.  The media is one extra idiot that already doesn't know anything that the military has to protect while he's trying to protect us from the enemy.  Not sure that the media is our friend anymore than facebook is.  When World War III breaks out (even though some say it has been going on for quite some time), we don't have time for a bunch of panzy news media types trying to dictate the outcome of the war in lieu of the general of the army. Hanoi Jane has never lived down her anti-American non-sense and she's still running around the planet causing trouble. In fact, many of the people that came out of the '60s are people we are still having trouble with such as the Black Panther Clintons.

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