BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
by Meg White
Quick. Someone strip Joe Lieberman of his citizenship before he causes actual damage to the country. Oh, wait. I forgot; we don’t engage in that kind of Orwellian nonsense in this country.
You probably heard about the latest idea from the “independent” senator from Connecticut (who seems to be independent of nothing more than reality) to strip citizenship from people who are accused of having ties to terrorism. Somehow this incredibly stupid idea got codified into an actual bill, which was introduced yesterday. The fact that this knee-jerk response is now present in the Congressional Record is an anathema to our justice system.
Countless questions have been raised about this ridiculous notion advanced by Lieberman. Like, for one: “Why?”
After all, what good does this actually accomplish? The ability to try someone in a military tribunal comes easier when the accused is not a U.S. citizen, but then again, what’s the problem with criminal court? And apparently the Miranda rights argument advanced by Lieberman is erroneous as well.
So why would a graduate of Yale Law, who should know better, introduce such a legally fraught, Draconian law?
Oh, of course! I should have known. Thanks for spelling this one out, Rep. Charlie Dent:
Stripping U.S. citizenship from terror suspects is not only the moral thing to do – it will make it easier to kill them, legislators argued Thursday.
“I suspect it would be easier to launch a Hellfire missile at a noncitizen than a citizen,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). He rolled out a proposal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and others giving the State Department power to yank the citizenship of Yanks who join up with Al Qaeda or similar groups.
Yeah, just killing U.S. citizens whom the State Department suspects of having terrorist ties would be wrong. Instead, we should strip them of their citizenship then bomb them to smithereens. Neat and tidy.
Of course, Lieberman probably has no interest in stripping citizenship from white Christians accused of terrorism. You didn’t see Lieberman all over FOX News suggesting that the Hutaree militants — who were recently arrested under the suspicion of planning to wage war on this country from within — be stripped of their citizenship or denied their Miranda rights or tried in a military tribunal.
Nope. It took fellahs with scary names such as Faisal Shahzad, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Khalid Sheik Mohammed to arouse such despotic ire in Lieberman.
The scariest part is that Lieberman has bipartisan support for the measure, and by “bipartisan” I don’t mean independent Lieberman plus the GOP. Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) is introducing companion legislation in the House with the aforementioned Pennsylvanian who likes bombing people. And Greg Sargent is predicting that there are more spineless Democrats “than you might think” who are afraid to deny the State Department the right to deny you your citizenship. Awesome.
I can’t wait to hear psychopath-at-large Glenn Beck try to rationalize this to his Big Gubmint-fearing audience.
Not only is this proposal downright offensive to the very idea of American citizenship, it is also downright frightening that people with the grave responsibility of holding national elective office would propose or support it. And that is why we need to act to stem this sudden rush of fascism.
But since we are lawful U.S. citizens who have faith in the American system of justice, I’m not proposing that we strip Lieberman of his citizenship, or toss him in jail or even bug his phone line.
Instead, let’s get him disbarred. He clearly has forgotten everything he learned about American justice while in law school. Any Yalies out there who can help me out with this one?
BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS