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This is such a bad idea

May 6, 2010

Details emerge about Lieberman’s plan to strip citizenship from people associated with foreign terrorist organizations –

Lieberman’s office has clarified to me how the law would work: It would empower the State Department to conclude — on its own — that Americans are conspiring with terror groups and should be stripped of their citizenship.

Lieberman’s law would amend an earlier statute that details other things that can cost you citizenship: Serving in the army of a foreign state, pledging allegiance to a foreign state, and so on. In those cases the State Department decides whether your disloyalty merits loss of citizen status. Lieberman’s law would add involvement with a foreign terror organization — as opposed to a foreign state — to this list.

Who would determine whether you’re involved with a foreign terror group? The State Department. It already decides what is and isn’t designated as a terror organization. Lieberman’s law would also empower State to determine whether you are in league with one of these groups.

No. No! No!! No!!!

This is asinine. If they want to change the law to make forfeiture of citizenship part of the punishment for conviction that’s fine, but to make it a decision made by some bureaucrat is not only wrong, but I would think it is unconstitutional.

The readership at Ace of Spades seems pretty soundly against this.

-elsewhere-

Faisal Shahzad on Homeland Security List Since 1999 – but somehow he manages to get naturalized in 2009 and then 3 months later begin routinely flying to Pakistan, the last time for 5 months of bomb training. Good work. Why do we bother doing background checks on people applying for citizenship? Could it be that the big push to clear immigration backlogs backfired?

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The Supreme Court hands down a landmark obscenity ruling.

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I’ve said that the GOP can’t just rely on anger to win in November, Gallup has a poll backing that up.

Speaking of anger. Tea Party irrelevant? I think their influence is overstated but I wouldn’t say they are irrelevant yet.

I question the veracity of this tape

it isn’t because I don’t think things like this happen, it’s because I can’t believe the cops were dumb enough to let this all get on tape.

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  1. May 6, 2010 9:49 am

    Faisal Shahzad on Homeland Security List Since 1999 – but somehow he manages to get naturalized in 2009 and then 3 months later begin routinely flying to Pakistan, the last time for 5 months of bomb training.

    Even better, it’s one of the same lists – created the same way by the same people – that Leiberman wants to use to strip people of their citizenship! Somehow, I doubt that it will be reliable for anything other than depriving innocent people of citizenship without due process and without recourse.

    If this passes, I wonder how long it will be until the Tea Party is declared a terrorist organization?

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