Wednesday, May 5, 2010


"I'm now putting together legislation [so that] any individual American citizen who is found to be involved in a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by the Department of State, would be deprived of their citizenship rights," Lieberman said. (ID-Conn)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) agreed with Lieberman: "Americans should lose their citizenship rights "if they're designated an enemy combatant"

"If someone acts like a terrorist and cooperates with people intent on war against the United States, they should be treated as terrorists and not as a common criminal. And no, they should not be read their Miranda rights," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

"If this individual has information that could help us prevent future attacks and loss of life, nothing should stand in the way of that, including Miranda rights," -Marco Rubio (R)

McCarthyism Alive and Well in Congress.. are you now or have you ever been affiliated with a terrorist organization?

The idea of granting unelected members of the State Department the power to strip an American of their citizenship would be absurdly funny if they weren't serious.



TKZ said...

What happens when they decide that tea-partiers are enemy combatants?

They are wrong. Even if the guy became a citizen just to infiltrate the US and then go jihad all over us, he's still technically a citizen and should, under the rule of law, be mirandized and treated like a citizen, and also be charged with treason.

Canadian Pragmatist said...

Finally, something against Republicans but consistent with your own principles.

Linda said...

Finntann~ I agree completely. The rights that we have as Americans are ours because we are exemptions. The fact that bureaucrats want to take upon themselves the right to decide whether your citizenship is valid or not should frighten everyone. I this sould become law, what would happen to our judicial philosophy of "innocent until proven guilty?" We can't have it both ways.

WomanHonorThyself said...

dont u love how libs actually defend this Times Square bomber piece of filth!

Linda said...

Support for the terrorist is quite a different thing from support for American rights. I was in NO way supporting him or what he has done, but we need to take very seriously any government attempt to take away the protection of citizenship for any American. Who will be the one to decide? What would the criteria be? Is there potential for political abuse by such a law? I hope that Shahzad is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (I think execution is justifiable for acts of terrorism such as these.) So please don't mistake concern for the idea of taking citizenship away as support for any terrorist.

Silverfiddle said...

Good piece, Finn, and great comments as always.

This is more of that muddled-up Bush-esqe thinking: "We've got to destroy capitalism to save it."

No. We don't need to violate our constitution in order to save the country.

#1. Don't make a POS like this a citizen. (be more circumspect about who we let in and who we make a citizen.)

#2. Prosecute American citizens who do stuff like this. If convicted, put them up against a wall and shoot them until dead.

Always On Watch said...

In my view, Shahzad should be tried for treason and given the appropriate penalty.

Post a Comment