Lieberman Strips Citizenship from Tea Party

American Grams by American Grams on May 8th, 2010

Senator Joe Lieberman is sponsoring a bill to allow the government to take away a person’s United States citizenship, without due process, if they are suspected of being a terrorist.  While that might sound like a good idea, you should be raising huge STOP signs.  What could be the implications in this law?

As it is currently being interpreted, there is a law on the books used in military situations when a United States citizen starts fighting with the enemy.  Lieberman wants to expand this law to include those that are suspected terrorists.  There would be little question in the case of military action what transpired, especially when someone puts on the enemy’s military uniform.  But what about non-military action?  While we all hate the actions of terrorists, what if that terrorist is a U.S. citizen?  Do we really have the right to remove his/her constitutional rights?  Doesn’t every citizen of the United States have protection under the constitution and therefore the right to due process?

I read a report issued by the Department of Homeland security last fall “Rightwing Extremism:  Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”. In this report the DHS was classifying returning military as potential recruits and tea party supporters as rightwing extremists.  These are our military men and women, out on the front lines, and DHS issues a report stating they might be recruited or could be rightwing extremists.  The tea party patriots, peacefully voicing their opposition about Obamacare and the direction this country is moving, the DHS includes in this same report that they may be rightwing extremists.  Anyone and everyone who voices their opinion against the policies and direction this country is currently moving or is in favor of adhering to the United States constitution could be considered a suspected rightwing extremist.

The closest definition of a rightwing extremist in the DHS report is this troubling description:  “Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

Even Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, had some issues with this report.  On April 14, 2009, he submitted a letter to Janet Napolitano about the report, voicing his concerns that, “This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans – including war veterans.”  It goes on to say “As I am certain you agree, freedom of association and freedom of speech are guaranteed to all Americans – whether a person’s beliefs, whatever their political orientation, are “extremist” or not.”  He continues, “Unfortunately, this reports appears to have blurred the line between violent belief, which is Constitutionally protected, and violent action, which is not.”

People of the United States have the right to speak up – it is a right protected under the constitution in the first amendment.  People will always have opposing views, and that is what makes this country so great.  But voicing an opinion or view that is not in agreement with the current administration does not make you a suspected terrorist or rightwing extremist.  Believing in our constitution and expecting our elected official to following that constitution and honor the oath they took when taking office does not make you a suspected terrorist.  If that were the case then pretty much everyone in the past 50 years could be classified as a suspected terrorist.

This over-reaching administration seems to believe they are immune to the laws of this country and can do whatever they want to attain their goals.  While no one would condone using violence as a means to express ones opposition to any issue, you have to protect the rights of everyone, including those that may use violence, under the constitution.  Their actions should not go unpunished, but it should be done so in the legal manner under the law.

So before you go supporting a law that strips citizenship from a suspected terrorist, think again.  The next terrorist might be you!

http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/rightwing.pdf – DHS Report on Rightwing Extremist

http://homeland.house.gov/SiteDocuments/20090415122314-66614.pdf – Bennie Thompson’s Letter

4 Responses to “Lieberman Strips Citizenship from Tea Party”

  1. @StopObama2012 Says:

    I agree with your assessment completely. Terrorism is a terrible thing and instantly causes an emotional response of anger against its purveyors. However, we must slow down and think things through. We cannot make the precedent, especially for this administration, that any American Citizen suspected of terrorism can have their Citizenship revoked. This would give supreme power to the admin. “Conform, or your a terrorist!” Do I exaggerate, perhaps. Will I take the chance, Hell No!
    Stop the Power grabs before he has it all.

  2. John Adams Says:

    Here here!

    I find it outrageous that many people don’t look carefully at proposed legislation, allowing their emotions to blind their reason.

    But there is no excuse for those who have *proposed* such legislation. Lieberman and his backers should resign. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that this was due to gross incompetence rather than a willful disregard for their oaths to the Constitution and to America.

  3. joelle Says:

    just another form of treason. can’t enter treason comment anymore — so here are all valid reasons to consider Obama treasonous, notwithstanding those I don’t know about.

    Obama has endangered the country through:

    1) disarmament of USA when there are clear and spoken dangers from enemies of the USA;

    2) reducing security (volume & knowledge base) in known areas of Islamic terrorism (i.e., NYC.);

    3) removing border agents, stopping security measure (cameras, wall at border) in States being overridden by drug cartels from Mexico. Murder, theft, kidnappings, and other forms of terrorism and harm to those states are being ignored, thus endangering the States on those borders;

    4) endangering the financial stability of those States along the border by refusing to reimburse their financial loss (billions), to which the federal government has responsibility;

    5) revealing quantity, nature and location of arms;

    6) destroying treaties that maintain the safety of our nation indirectly (via allies like Poland);

    7) rationing care of citizens, and encourages patricide via neglect of care;

    8) frivolously spending funds without restraint, endangering us financially against the wishes of the citizens;

    9) financing terrorist organizations, and using US funds to do it (320k/mo. to Hassan’s mosque, donations to Pakistan terrorist groups

    10) accepting titles and positions to which he is not entitled as President (UN seat, etc) against Constitutional mandates;

    11) signing treaties by usurping congress (Russia & UN);

    12) signing treaties that violate Constitutions’ supremacy to supersede all other foreign treaties;

    13) accepting & keeping expensive gifts from enemies of the country against State requirements involving gifts, thus defrauding his responsibilities to the USA;

    14) destroying relationships with allies that would impact our physical security as a nation (Poland, Israel);

    15) defrauding previous treaties (Poland) to obtain relationship that would overthrow another government (Poland) for NWO intent, against the knowledge of the USA.

    16) hiding known terrorist activities and refusing to address them;

    17) creating a shadow govt of known criminals and haters of USA, that does not answer to the Citizens, the security needs of the citizens or, of which, activities are hidden from populace.

    18) endangering USA through defrauding his background to get elected;

    19) encouraging others in administration to defraud the American citizens; (healthcare content, donations to terrorist related groups like CARE, etc.)

    20) endangering USA by forcing news media to silence information about terrorists, and national tragedies.

    21) endangering citizens via DHS notifying all police in USA that prolife, birthers and Christian groups were terrorists, directing attention away from true terrorist acts.

    22) letting USA flounder while leadership is more concerned with his trips and golfing than the TN flood or oil spill.

    23) bribery to purchase votes to obtain his goal (likewise those that accepted the bribes to usurp the wishes of the citizens.

    And, now this, stripping citizenship, to maintain the mosque in the white house. Obama demonstrates nothing but disdain for USA via actions that threaten the physical & financial safety of this Country. Obama & admin are NOT above the law regardless of what some people think. He has done much worse than Nixon could have ever thought up, but he is a continuation of Nixon’s goal for NWO.

  4. john white Says:

    In shorter words we have allowed our worst enemy to lead us to utter and complete destruction through trust in our electoral process and congress. I’m convinced you’re right, but people who could correct the situation are the team that placed him, and as we are not a violent people, we’ll continue to suffer to the bitter end, as will be chosen for us.

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