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February 24, 2010

PENTAGON WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO STRIP AMERICANS OF CITIZENSHIP

STEVE CLEMONS, WASHINGTON NOTE - At the highest levels of the US military, a quiet discussion is going on about putting in place a legal framework that would permit the US government to strip American citizenship from terrorists.

The case of Las Cruces, New Mexico born al Qaeda commander Anwar al-Aulaqi, who has been a key organizer and recruiter for the terrorist organization in Yemen is the primary driver of this exploration of possibly modifying US law to allow "de-citizening." As the Washington Post's Dana Priest recently revealed, al-Alaqi was added recently to a short list of other Americans for whom there are kill orders in place.

A senior Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has told me that to his knowledge, there has been no serious discussion in the Committee of stripping US citizenship from terrorists, but a senior Pentagon official has confirmed that some in the military are exploring the upsides and downsides of such a more routInized mechanism for stripping citizenship.


4 Comments:

Blogger m said...

Perhaps its time to start stripping some in the military of the jobs for violation of their oath to the Constitution.

February 24, 2010 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the federal government and especially the pentagon are painting themselves into a philosophical corner. If in fact the US stands for principles and in the process of protecting the nation it violates the very principles for which it supposedly stands, at what point does this become a self-serving fraud? It is no surprise that the pentagon wants to strip persons of their citizenship. Then the pentagon can kill them with impunity. It is simply a clever artifice.

What a monster we are becoming. God help us.

February 24, 2010 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What do you mean, we're assassinating American citizens? What American citizens?"

February 24, 2010 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Government of the people, by the people, for the people doesn't seem to have left much impression on these neo-nazis.

February 24, 2010 10:20 PM  

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