Strip Lieberman of Citizenship
Strip This Joe!
Every time Joe Lieberman opens his mouth lately I become more and more disappointed that Al Gore ever chose him as his running mate in 2000. I was offended when he left the Democratic party after losing the Democratic nomination for his senate seat a few years ago. I was even more offended when the former Democratic VP candidate was actively stumping for John McCain against President Obama. Now I am offended that this man is even an American citizen, because his views are so out of step with what I thought America stood for.
Lieberman, responding to the arrest of the suspect behind a ill-fated bombing attempt in New York, is reported to be working on legislation that would strip citizenship of Americans whom the State Department considers to be part of a foreign terrorist organization.
So much for innocent until proven guilty, huh? In this scenario, there will never be a trial! It will be some hack at the State Department that will decide this person's fate.
Can you imagine poor Ali Haji Mok Mohammed, born in New York, who receives a letter telling him because he buys bagels from a Pakistani-American in NYC, and that Pakistani-American has been linked to an obscure terror group, that you are no longer an American citizen? Or would they even bother sending a letter? Probably not. Instead, poor Ali Haji would find out at the same time that he is being taken into custody by federal agents, and since he has been stripped of his citizenship is not read his miranda rights, before being shipped off to Cuba before the news breaks that he has been arrested.
Taking Lieberman's words literally, an American, born in America, could be stripped of their citizenship simply because someone who we never had the opportunity to vote for decides is a member of a terrorist organization. What about checks and balances? Talk about putting an enormous amount of power in the hands of people who are not popularly elected!
Republicans this week have been floating the idea that the explosion on the oil rig 50 miles off the Louisiana coast may have been an inside job to persuade Obama from expanding offshore drilling. Talk about your conspiracy theories! But hey, if it works for them, let's start this rumor. Faisal Shahzad, the suspect who has been singing like a bird even after law enforcement officials read him his rights, was put up to it by ultra-conservative neo-nazi fascist pigs who are looking to create a crisis so they can have an excuse to label anyone who opposes their reactionary views as non-Americans, stripping them of their rights as citizens of these United States.
Personally, I think we should declare Joe Lieberman a terrorist, strip him of his citizenship, so he could not hold office, and ship him off to Guantanamo!
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