Can journalists be considered enemies of U.S. and allied military forces? Absolutely, the Pentagon has declared in a thick, new instruction manual for waging war the “legal” way, and they can thus be targeted.
According to The Washington Times, journalists can also be terrorists, the 1,176-page Department of Defense Law of War Manual states. The book is designed to provide commanders with correct and incorrect ways of killing an enemy of the United States.
The manual says it is okay to shoot, explode, bomb, stab or cut the enemy; surprise attacks and killing retreating troops is permitted as well, though U.S. forces cannot employ poison gases.
The new manual is the first comprehensive, all-in-one legal guide for all four military branches; for decades, the services each had issued their own guides for air, sea and land warfare conduct.
The Obama-era document brushes aside the prior Bush Administration label of “unlawful enemy combatant” for terrorist organizations like al Qaeda in favor of a new term: “unprivileged belligerent.”by