If you join an enemy of the United States, you deserve to have your citizenship revoked! You can either choose to pledge your allegiance to America, or you can choose to pledge your allegiance to some other nation or group. CHOOSE WISELY! Actions have consequences!
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 hearing within 60 days of receiving notice of the non-issuance, revocation, or restriction.
Here's what the Obama Administration is pushing:
[I don't care what Denmark's policy is! I think this is a VERY BAD IDEA! Who's going to hold the State Dept. accountable when these people decide to commit violent jihad here in America?! We don't need another Trojan Horse in the U.S.
Furthermore, the concept of "rehabilitation" smacks of Orwellian thought control in this sort of situation, and I don't like the thought of Big Brother engaging in any kind of indoctrination.]
State Dept.: U.S. Should ‘Rehabilitate’ and ‘Reintegrate’ Foreign Fighters Back into Society
The director of the Office of Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department outlined some of the department’s strategic planning Wednesday to counter “violent extremism.”
Irfan Saeed praised Denmark’s strategy of rehabilitating and reintegrating foreign extremist fighters into society, asking, “What happens when they come back? You have to be able to rehabilitate them and then reintegrate them back into society.”
Speaking at a National Academy of Sciences’ panel on “Ideologically Motivated Violence,” Saeed described rehabilitation and integration as a strategy area of focus for the State Department.
“We’ve seen a large number of individuals travel overseas to foreign conflict zones, places like Iraq and Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan,” Saeed said. “So what happens when they come back? You have to be able to rehabilitate them and then re-integrate them back into society.”
He cited the program in Aurhus, Denmark, “where they’ve really struggled with this issue, but they’ve come up with a comprehensive way to try to rehabilitate these individuals once they come back and then reintegrate them into society.”
Saeed discussed other strategies to counter violent extremism during the panel including intervention which he described as “something as simple as offers or alternatives to prosecution.”
“It’s one thing to throw everybody in jail and figure it out later,” he said, but officials “understand that we can’t arrest our way out of this problem.”
He also emphasized the importance of “strategic messaging,” arguing that “we figure if we can put some good messages on the internet, we can stop radicalization violence.”
He cited the work of the State Department’s new Global Engagement Center, which is charged with “coordinating U.S. counterterrorism messaging to foreign audiences” and was established by Executive Order in March.