Lieberman, Brown Unveil Bill to Strip Citizenship

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced legislation today aimed at stripping U.S. citizenship from Americans who have supported foreign terrorist groups or engaged in hostilities against the U.S. or its allies.

Sen. Joe Lieberman during a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sens. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Scott Brown (R., Mass.) along with Pennsylvania Reps. Jason Altmire, a Democrat, and Charlie Dent, a Republican, co-sponsored the legislation, which would add to seven ways, including treason, that American can to lose their citizenship under current law.

If the legislation is enacted, those found by the Secretary of State to be engaged in “providing material support or resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization” or “actively engaging” in “hostilities against the United States or its allies,” would stand to lose their citizenship.

“Those who join such groups [as al Qaeda and the Taliban] join our enemy and should be deprived of the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship and the ability to use their American passports as tools of terror,” said Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The legislation, dubbed the Terrorist Expatriation Act – or TEA Act – comes days after Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, was arrested for allegedly trying to set off a car bomb Times Square.

The measure drew immediate fire from Muslim advocacy groups that say it would unjustly target Muslim Americans and other minority groups. Historically, denaturalization has been rare, and court challenges are likely should the measure be enacted.

“It’s a knee-jerk reaction to a Pakistani naturalized American who chose to conduct in criminal behavior,” said Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society, a nonprofit organization. “In my opinion it is xenophobic and unconstitutional and un-American,” he said.

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    • I believe we should have a moratorium on USA citizenship’s for those of middle eastern decent until we can put into place an adequate screening process. And hold the visas too.

    • My good friend Joe Lieberman is pandering to the extreme right, in what looks like to me, in a bid to help John McCain in his race for re-election in Arizona.
      I hate to see these fellas cower in fear.
      The US Senate should be brave and not fearful.
      Grow a pair fellas !
      Man up for once in your lives!

    • I really doubt the intentions of L’man
      Is he loyal to US or…..

    • Lieberman and Brown took a oath to uphold the Constitution. Nice to see these two clowns are trying to defend freedom by destroying it.

      The rights of Citizenship is prime and cannot be revoked by FIAT.

    • Great idea, then they wouldn’t be eligible for Obama’s free medical care.

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