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  •  The State Department disagrees with you. (2+ / 0-)
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    [State Department spokeswoman Victoria] Nuland said she asked State Department lawyers whether the government can revoke a person's citizenship based on their affiliation with a foreign terrorist group, and it turned out there's no law on the books authorizing officials to do so. "An American can be stripped of citizenship for committing an act of high treason and being convicted in a court for that. But that was obviously not the case in this case," she said. "Under U.S. law, there are seven criteria under which you can strip somebody of citizenship, and none of those applied in this case."

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:27:36 PM PST

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      was in reference to "not being convicted in a court of law" his actions clearly constitute treason... though he remained outside the reach of the law.

      She also said:

      MS. NULAND: You know, it’s interesting; I looked into this with our lawyers before coming down here. You might be interested to know that there is no law currently on the U.S. books that allows for the revocation of U.S. citizenship based on one’s affiliation with a foreign terrorist group. Now, an American can be stripped of citizenship for committing an act of high treason and being convicted in a court for that. But that was obviously not the case in this case.
      Which seems to indicate that might be the case.

      Maybe she should have asked someone in Justice.

      Now for a riddle: If two or more viewers on a website witness someone calling for them to make war on the United States does it constitute (heh) treason?

      I have my answer.

      "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

      by durrati on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:02:13 PM PST

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      •  Are you even reading what you write? (2+ / 0-)
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        And I don't mean that as a rhetorical question.
        You quote this:

        Now, an American can be stripped of citizenship for committing an act of high treason and being convicted in a court for that. But that was obviously not the case in this case.[Emphasis added]
        And then IMMEDIATELY say
        Which seems to indicate that might be the case.

        "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

        by Hayate Yagami on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:11:14 PM PST

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        •  It is obvious he didn't have his day in court (0+ / 0-)

          what I am disputing is what would have happened if he did. I say his treason was online for all to see and his death was extra-juridical but only because he was out of reach of a court. Should his treason, or threat to innocent lives, be put aside because of that?

          "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

          by durrati on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:34:59 PM PST

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          •  Wasn't that question answered already? (2+ / 0-)

            The US constitution tells what must occur for a legitimate charge of "treason" to leveled against any American.

            That never happened.  Even though I'd like to call Bush a traitor, it's not valid until two or more people swear in open court.

            -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

            by gerrilea on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:35:57 PM PST

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          •  treason was online for all to see? (0+ / 0-)

            I can decide he is a traitor via my interpretation of his words (seen online) but my opinion of his online comments does not legally establish him as a traitor. I believe the Constitution has some particulars about how you legally establish someone is a traitor. The particulars written in the Constitution need to be followed in establishing whether or not someone is a traitor, otherwise the Constitution is not the supreme law of the land.

            If we're going to use "what's online for all to see" as the legal method of establishing whether or not someone is a traitor, I can't wait for what will happen the first time a Republican is in the White House. Freepers and RedStaters sending in our words and saying "They're traitors! It was online for all to see!"

            if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:14:44 PM PST

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