Well that’s good news. I just feel like these are “feel good” vengeance proposals that do nothing to make us safer. I mean, really, how many lives is it going to save because a potential terrorist says, “hey, if they catch me, I’m fine with being executed, but I really don’t want them to take away my citizenship too, so maybe I shouldn’t go through with this.” It’s a dumb idea that won’t accomplish anything other than making people FEEL like they’ve done something to make us safer, when they haven’t.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today indicated no one in the White House supports the legislation introduced today by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., that would give the State Department the power to revoke the citizenship of American terrorism suspects.
“I have not heard anybody inside the administration that’s been supportive of that idea,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said he had “not heard large enumerations on why, except that I don’t think anybody would find that to be such an effective way.”
Lieberman offered the legislation today along with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Reps. Jason Altmire, D-Penn., and Charlie Dent, R-Penn, which would add to the existing federal statute, 8 U.S.C. § 1481, which identifies seven categories of actions for which U.S. citizens lose their citizenship. The legislation, called the Terrorist Expatriation Act, would authorize the State Department to revoke the citizenship of any U.S. national who provides material support or resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization or who engages in or supports hostilities against the United States or its allies.