May 14, 2010
Senator Joe Lieberman is sponsoring a bill with Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown called the “Terrorist Expatriation Act” that would strip terrorist suspects of their citizenship. The bill applies to any American that supports a foreign terrorist organization or any organization that is deemed a supporter of terrorism by an ally of the United States. The bill gives the State Department the power to determine who is a terrorist, and strip away their citizenship.
Lieberman introduced the bill stating, “The State Department will make an administrative determination… the State Department will now have the authority to revoke their citizenship… they will not enjoy the rights and privileges of American citizenship in the legal proceedings against them…. he could then be tried by military commission as the Unprivileged Enemy Belligerent that he is.”
Even though Lieberman claims the bill is to target Americans who have joined Islamic Terrorist Organizations such as Al Qaeda, it has implications affecting many American political dissidents, not just those who one would usually think of as terrorist. Hypothetical scenarios that the bill might apply to are Americans such as former Congresswomen Cynthia McKinney who are helping out Palestinians in Gaza with food and medical aid. Since Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization and Israel is considered as ally by the US Government.
Another scenario is American Patriots who are helping out the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, which is a secessionist movement in South Africa. Let’s say the ANC Government in South Africa declares the movement a terrorist organization and the US state department decides to go after Americans who are helping the organization.
Joe Lieberman also sponsored another bill in the Senate with John McCain called the “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act”. This bill which has been described as the “Patriot Act on steroids” gives the President the power to determine if an individual poses a terrorist threat so that they can be detained and interrogated. Under this Bill the suspects would loose their Miranda rights and Sixth Amendment Right to an Attorney and fair trial.
McCain explained it stating, “we still don’t have a clear mechanism, legal structure, and implementing policy for dealing with terrorists who we capture in the (alleged) act of trying to bring about attacks on the United States and our national security interests at home and abroad.”
Lieberman added, “These are not common criminals. They are war criminals. Anyone we capture in this war should be treated as a prisoner of war, held by the military, interrogated for information that will protect Americans and help us win this war and then where appropriate, tried not in a normal federal court where criminals are tried but before a military commission.”
These two bills sponsored by Joe Lieberman tie in to each other. One bill strips Americans of their citizenship, and the other of their right to a fair trial once they lose their citizenship. Many conservatives supported the Patriot Act under Bush thinking it would only be against Islamic extremists, but now Obama can use it to go after those in the Tea Parties and the patriot movement who have already been labeled by the establishment as “domestic terrorist”.
These bills create a dictatorship where the State Department is given the power the strip the rights of any American citizen, especially political dissidents. Maybe some day when Americans take back their country, this law may be used against the same traitors who are behind this bill who also happen to have ties to foreign terrorists.