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senate Bill S. 361

Should Americans Who Join Terror Groups Have Their Citizenship Revoked?

Argument in favor

If a U.S. citizen knowingly joins or assists a foreign terrorist organization they should have their passport and status as a citizen revoked to prevent them from harming other Americans.

Russell's Opinion
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04/01/2017
If we're going to do this lets do it. Stop prioritizing just foreign terror groups and add domestic ones also - KKK, etc. No more half measures. Terror is terror whether it's white, red, blue, pink, or orange.
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Gerald's Opinion
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04/01/2017
Anyone that joins a terrorist organization should be charged with treason
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Susan's Opinion
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04/09/2017
Absolutely! They are traitors and should not continue to have American rights!
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Argument opposed

Revoking a person’s U.S. citizenship for “providing material assistance” is problematic, as material assistance could be broadly interpreted and lead to violations of the person’s rights.

Rooted.Wheel's Opinion
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04/01/2017
Step 1) make it so terrorists lose citizenship. Step 2) Classify people who disagree with you as terrorists. Step 3) Deport opposition.
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Maria's Opinion
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04/09/2017
Exactly how would this work? If an American citizen is going to lose their citizenship then it should be adjudicated in court with the burden of responsibility on the United States government to prove their case otherwise citizens could potentially lose their citizenship with a mere accusation on the part of the government. This is dangerous territory with a tyrant in the White House. Any person could be deemed a terrorist for no reason and with no evidence.
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thecenter's Opinion
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04/01/2017
Too broad, a legitimate opposition party could be deemed as terrorist organization.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2017
    If we're going to do this lets do it. Stop prioritizing just foreign terror groups and add domestic ones also - KKK, etc. No more half measures. Terror is terror whether it's white, red, blue, pink, or orange.
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    Step 1) make it so terrorists lose citizenship. Step 2) Classify people who disagree with you as terrorists. Step 3) Deport opposition.
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    Exactly how would this work? If an American citizen is going to lose their citizenship then it should be adjudicated in court with the burden of responsibility on the United States government to prove their case otherwise citizens could potentially lose their citizenship with a mere accusation on the part of the government. This is dangerous territory with a tyrant in the White House. Any person could be deemed a terrorist for no reason and with no evidence.
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    Too broad, a legitimate opposition party could be deemed as terrorist organization.
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    Under current law the State Dept. can revoke the U.S. nationality of Americans who formally renounce their citizenship, become citizens of or pledge allegiance to foreign nations, engage in hostilities against the U.S., or are convicted of treason. We do not need to create a situation were we are calling groups terror groups (who defines?) and stripping citizenship. Want to revoke someone's citizenship, bring them up on charges of treason. The law is already there!
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    This is a way to revoke citizenship rights from people so that they can be jailed indefinitely or treated as war criminals. American rights to fair trial and innocence until proven guilty are not truly rights if they can just be taken away by accusation.
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    I don't trust the current administration's judgement over who is a terroris
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    This is very dangerous. Having a "War on Terror". Makes for a very convenient definition of an enemy. Too much room here for corruption. Acts of treason should be dealt with accordingly.
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    Americans who join terrorist groups intent on harming the country should remain citizens and be charged with treason.
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    I wouldn't have a problem with this except we would need to be VERY clear about how we will all agree to define "terrorist." It seems much too broad right now which leaves it open to be a tool of political persecution. I don't have a problem with deciding that people who want to do us harm can no longer be members of our club, but there is too much potential in the law, as it stands right now, for abuse of that measure. It's not even specific to this administration. This is just a dangerous power to hand to anyone.
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    I agree with others that this is an invitation to abuse the term "terrorist"; something I would not put past the authoritarian-friendly Republican administration currently in charge.
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    Anyone that joins a terrorist organization should be charged with treason
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    Slippery slippery slope
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    This is a very slippery slope. They should be tried for treason.
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    Here's my concern, once we give someone in Gov the ability to label an American as a terrorist and strip their citizenship- what's to stop them from deciding folks back home that are causing problems for a given administration should lose their citizenship. We should not take stripping citizenship lightly, at some point someone may think YOU should go away and not be counted as a REAL American. Deal with citizens that work against America within the constrains of the law, even if that is inconvenient
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    Absolutely! They are traitors and should not continue to have American rights!
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    Where will the line be drawn? If one protests against prayers in public school, would they be considered a terrorist?
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    I'm voting YEA, with reservations. Under current law the State Dept. can revoke the U.S. nationality of Americans who formally renounce their citizenship, become citizens of or pledge allegiance to foreign nations, engage in hostilities against the U.S., or are convicted of treason. This legislation would expand that list to include the following actions as grounds for the loss of U.S. citizenship: • Taking an oath or making a declaration of allegiance to a foreign terrorist organization after attaining the age of 18; • Entering, or serving in, a foreign terrorist organization; • Becoming a member of, or providing training or material assistance to, a foreign terrorist organization; • Accepting, serving in, or performing the duties of any office, post, or employment under the government of a foreign state or political subdivision, or a foreign terrorist group if the person knowingly declares allegiance to that government or group. The Secretary of State would be prohibited from issuing a passport to a person who is a member, or is attempting to become a member of a foreign terrorist group. If such a passport has already been issued, the Secretary would be required to revoke that passport. A person who is denied a passport or has their passport revoked or restricted may request a DUE PROCESS [emphasis mine] hearing within 60 days of receiving notice of the non-issuance, revocation, or restriction. ****************************************************** Even though this bill refers solely to foreign terrorist groups, there are legitimate concerns that need to be addressed in the bill. As Countable member Michael said: Step 1) Make it so terrorists lose citizenship. Step 2) Classify people who disagree with you as terrorists. Step 3) Deport opposition. If you read the opinions posted for this bill, you will see quite a few people WANT domestic groups that THEY consider terrorists to be covered by the bill! Couldn't the definition of "terrorist" be changed by whoever is in power? We have been seeing our rights get infringed right and left, so that we can't hardly speak out loud anymore without someone accusing us of hate speech or racism or something! That being said, here's a case that IMO justifies Senator Cruz's bill: Teen Who Thought He Was Flying Overseas To Join ISIS Busted by FBI By Ben Marquis, APRIL 3, 2017 AT 6:04PM Even though the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria has suffered serious setbacks in recent months, that hasn’t stopped brainwashed goons and dedicated would-be jihadists from attempting to join the so-called caliphate. http://conservativetribune.com/cruz-punishment-americans-isis/ One such individual was an 18-year-old South Carolinian who was arrested Thursday at the Charleston International Airport right before boarding a flight to the Middle East, according to The Daily Caller. http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/31/fbi-grabs-south-carolina-teen-headed-to-join-isis-at-airport/ The man’s name is Zakaryia Abdin, and he is currently being held at the Charleston county jail pending hearings and additional terrorism-related charges. According to a Justice Department news release, Abdin has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, in this case the Islamic State group. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-carolina-man-arrested-attempting-join-isis-0 Abdin had been under surveillance by an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and was taken into custody in the terminal of the airport before he was able to board a flight leaving the country. http://conservativetribune.com/san-francisco-snubs-fbi-illegals/ According to Charleston’s The Post and Courier, this actually isn’t the first time Abdin has run afoul of the law for terrorism-related crimes. He had even served time previously on a juvenile conviction. http://www.postandcourier.com/news/local_state_news/ladson-teen-arrested-at-charleston-airport-accused-of-trying-to/article_be07bebe-1631-11e7-9f47-23b4b38cf799.html Abdin, an American citizen whose family came from Syria, was arrested on a gun charge in 2015 at the age of 16 when it was discovered that he intended to rob a gun store and then murder American military service members as an act of revenge for U.S. military actions in the Middle East. Even though Abdin was found guilty and sentenced to remain in a juvenile detention facility until he was 21, a parole board decided to release him in May 2016, against the wishes of prosecutors and local law enforcement. Hopefully this time the wanna-be jihadist is not summarily released back into the world to try yet again to murder innocent Americans. Please share this on Facebook and Twitter to let everyone know that the feds just busted a South Carolina teen for attempting to join the Islamic State group. http://conservativetribune.com/teen-join-isis-g-men-ruin-day/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=conservativetribune&utm_content=2017-04-03&utm_campaign=manualpost
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    No. Our country is based in the right to freedom of speech. Stripping citizenship based on beliefs rather than actions is deplorable. If a citizen commits a crime they should be punished. Until a crime is committed, their rights should stay in tact.
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    I'm torn on this issue. It seems clear cut when it comes to people who leave the country to go fight with, for example, ISIS. But I've heard the Black Lives Matter movement inaccurately referred to as a "terrorist group" too many times to believe that this wouldn't be turned against innocent citizens for political gain.
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