Citizenship and Security in the Wake of the Times Square Terror Attempt

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has called for Americans charged with terror crimes to be stripped of their citizenship. However, there's no precedent for stripping an American of his or her citizenship and the law says that the U.S. cannot use the revocation of citizenship as punishment. The issue is murky and we turn to Peter Spiro, a professor of law at Temple University and Dr. Azima Khan, an immigrant from Pakistan who recently received her citizenship, join us to talk about the case.


Azima Khan and Peter Spiro

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [3]


The question is, would we even be asking this if Shahzad became a citizen by being born here? Somehow I'm not so sure we would.

However, I did disagree with Azima Khan when she said that though he broke promises he made when he took his citizenship oath, we still made promises to him. I liken it to marriage: if Bob and Jane get married, and Jane breaks her marriage vows (say by having an affair), why would Bob be held to his vows still when Jane betrayed him?

May. 10 2010 07:31 PM
Ed from New York

1) Joe Lieberman and Nita Lowey are asses; I can't believe we've elected people so ignorant of our constitution and jurisprudence to congress; can't use the excuse..."they were drafted"
2) Rights in a criminal prosecution are immaterial of citizenship status. Further, any American citizen should be aware of and not need to be reminded of their Miranda Rights... All you have to do is shut your mouth after you say "I'm entitled to a lawyer." That ends interrogation and further prosecutorial conversation.

May. 06 2010 08:50 AM

I'd appreciate it if we would revoke Lieberman's senate seat for "terrorizing" and manipulating the Senate.

May. 06 2010 07:49 AM

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