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In the ‘Be Careful What You Ask For You Just Might Get It’ Department comes this from Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog concerning Joe Lieberman’s proposal to strip citizenship from Americans affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations:
“Lieberman’s law would amend an earlier statute that details other things that can cost you citizenship: Serving in the army of a foreign state, pledging allegiance to a foreign state, and so on. In those cases the State Department decides whether your disloyalty merits loss of citizen status. Lieberman’s law would add involvement with a foreign terror organization — as opposed to a foreign state — to this list….
Who would determine whether you’re involved with a foreign terror group? The State Department. It already decides what is and isn’t designated as a terror organization. Lieberman’s law would also empower State to determine whether you are in league with one of these groups.”
Three of the organizations on the State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) are Hamas, Hezbollah, and Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). Would any of these relationships count as “affiliation” with a terrorist organization?
“[Grover] Norquist is a founding director of the Islamic Institute, a socially conservative Muslim think tank that eschews international issues in favor of domestic issues such as tax cuts and faith-based initiatives. In addition, Norquist’s lobbying firm…was officially registered as a lobbyist for the Islamic Institute as well as for Abdurahman Alamoudi, the founder and former executive director of the American Muslim Council.
[At] an anti-Israel protest outside the White House on October 28, 2000. Alamoudi revved up the crowd, saying: ” I have been labeled by the media in New York as being a supporter of Hamas. Anybody supporters of Hamas here? ” The crowd cheered. ” Hear that, Bill Clinton? We are all supporters of Hamas … I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah. “
How about this interview of Tom Tancredo by John Hawkins of Right Wing News?:
John Hawkins: Let me ask you another question, it’s Iran related. I heard that you support the National Council of Resistance (NCR), a political arm of the Mujahedin-e Kalq (MEK)…
Tom Tancredo: Yes, I do.
Another MEK friend in high places:
“In June 2004 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld “designated MEK members as civilian ‘protected persons’ under the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention,”… Rumfeld’s “decision controverted [Department of State], International Committee of the Red Cross (IRC), and Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) recommendations…”
One more name on the State Department FTO list is the Real IRA:
“…during the 1980s and 90s, the NSA and CIA collected intelligence on financial transactions between the United States and Ireland and Northern Ireland involving Irish terrorist groups supported by Peter King. The group Irish Northern Aid (NORAID) funneled money to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that was used to buy weapons used to blow up civilians and members of the British government, military, and police.
King was an active supporter of NORAID, a tax-exempt front for the IRA. Martin Galvin, King’s friend and former NORAID chief, rejected the Northern Ireland Good Friday agreement and supports the agenda of the terrorist “Real IRA.”
Let the citizenship-stripping begin.