HR 3166 has been sitting in committee since last October, but with the easy passage of the “Battlefield USA” bill which authorized indefinite detention of American citizens, the big-government statists in Congress will likely be emboldened to add this additional tool to their arsenal as well: strip American citizens of their citizenship. RT.com reports,
When Barack Obama inked the National Defense Authorization Act on New Year’s Eve, the president insisted that he wouldn’t use the terrifying legislation against American citizens. Another new law, however, could easily change all of that.
If the Enemy Expatriation Act passes in its current form, the legislation will let the government strike away citizenship for anyone engaged in hostilities, or supporting hostilities, against the United States. The law itself is rather brief, but in just a few words it warrants the US government to strip nationality status from anyone they identify as a threat.
What’s more, the government can decide to do so without bringing the suspected troublemaker before a court of law.
Under the legislation, “hostilities” are defined as “any conflict subject to the laws of war” and does not explicitly state that charges against suspects go to court.
Here’s the government’s page for studying and tracking the bill, including its co-sponsors.