Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lieberman proposes expatriating those who aid terrorists; sounds way overbroad

Senator Joseph Lieberman’s (I-CT) bill to take away citizenship to those who aid and abet terrorists is drawing quick criticism from constitutional scholars and from columnists, as in a piece by David Cole in the Washington Post on Saturday May 8, link here?

Some Democrats (Pelosi, Hillary Clinton) support it with lukewarm soap, and Republican Senator Scott Brown gave it an accolade. The Secretary of States (Hillary) would have the power to name the names.

One problem is that aiding and abetting could cut a wide swath, unless you restrict it to those who travel to camps overseas. I had written about this problem in my second book “Do Ask Do Tell: When Liberty Is Stressed” (2002), and gotten an angry reaction by email from one reader. He wrote a rambling rant including this comment “Saddam is a terrible man who killed hundreds of his own citizens. He used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of thousands or millions of Iranians. We have descended upon Iraq like a plague, causing the death of one in thirty-five. Is that part of the price that you are willing to pay for your security from terrorism? Would Christ say that your security was more important than peace? “

Lieberman has made some very constructive proposals, like ending "don't ask don't tell".  This is not one of them.

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