May 6 2010
Let’s see, the Obama Regime considers Tea Party participants to be domestic terrorists…
The bill introduced Thursday by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and several House members would revoke the citizenship of individuals who are aligned with groups designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she likes the “spirit” of a proposal to strip the citizenship of Americans who join terrorist groups but stopped short of backing the measure.
“For me, part of the value of what we’re trying to do here is prevention, not just punishment,” Lieberman said Thursday at the Capitol in introducing the bill with Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). “For me, that prevention is a most important element of what we’re trying to do here.”
Several Democrats have questioned if the bill is constitutional and said it is an overreaction to the arrest of a naturalized U.S. citizen in connection with the attempted Times Square bombing.
The proposal would add another category to the seven possible acts for which U.S. citizenship could be revoked, giving authority to the State Department to strip citizenship from someone it has designated as joining a terrorist group. The individuals would be able to appeal the designation in federal court, according to the bill.
Lieberman said he hadn’t really had a chance to talk with fellow senators, including leadership, but said he hoped to meet with Obama administration officials and military leaders as they push forward with the measure. The Connecticut Independent said he expected the measure would be referred to the Senate Armed Services Committee, though he warned he and Brown reserved the right to offer it as an amendment at some point in the future.
Still, Brown said he expected a number of colleagues to show interest in the proposal. “I have a feeling that a lot of our colleagues feel the same,” he said. “This is not a partisan issue, as evidenced by the fact that I’m standing up here,” Brown said. “I’m asking the administration to look at this in the spirit it’s delivered – in a bipartisan, bicameral way.”
Pelosi also dismissed criticism from Republicans that the administration has relied on luck – rather than adequate security measures – to avert terror attacks, including the near-miss in Times Square and the failed attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day. THE HILL