Politics, Economics, and the Law
Enemy Expatriation Act: Saving Your Civil Rights
January 14, 2012Posted by on
The recently passed the NDAA included provisions that some (read: pretty much everybody) viewed as enabling the Executive Branch to lock up anyone it wanted, including American citizens, until the end of the War on Terror (read: the end of time). This wording naturally bothered a great many people, as they felt it was perhaps a bit too mind-numbingly horrifying. It would appear that our legislators have heard our cries, and seek to remedy this distressing problem.
H.R. 3166, and the Senate sister-bill S. 1698, or the “Enemy Expatriation Act,” greatly diminishes the chances of an American citizen being subjected to indefinite detention by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act “to include engaging in or purposefully and materially supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which U.S. nationals would lose their nationality. Defines “hostilities” as any conflict subject to the laws of war.”
They wouldn’t lock up a U.S. citizen and throw away the key. That’d be unconscionable! No, they’ll strip you of your citizenship first, then lock up a stateless person and throw away the key.
Now don’t you feel better?