Today at noon, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA), along with Congressmen Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA), will introduce what they are calling the Terrorist Expatriation Act. The Terrorist Expatriation Act will empower the State Department to determine whether any U.S. citizen is affiliated with a terrorist organization.
If they determine that about you, Senator Lieberman and company believe they can give the State Department magical extra constitutional powers to un-Americanize you, to just administratively remove your citizenship.
According to Mr. Lieberman, citizenship stripping would apply to any "American citizen who is found to be involved with a foreign terrorist organization as designated by the State Department." Any American citizen, even if you're not convicted of anything, can lose your citizenship if, say, Hillary Clinton decides she doesn't like some of the phone calls you've been making. Or if Condoleezza Rice doesn't like who you've been seen with.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley says the Terrorist Expatriation Act appears "manifestly unconstitutional." Turley says the legal precedent involved dates back to Supreme Court rulings on the 14th Amendment, which prevented Congress from stripping citizenship from African Americans. Turley:
What Senator Lieberman is suggesting, in my view, is not just unconstitutional, it's un-American. I mean, this is -- this is something that goes to the core of this country. You can't just create stateless people because you believe that they're associated with organizations that an agency has deemed to be a terrorist organization.