July 22, 2018
A man who became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 1999 was sentenced for aiding and abetting al-Qaida in a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. He’s getting out of prison in 2020.
Now the government wants to strip him of his citizenship, on the grounds that his terrorist affiliation demonstrated a lack of commitment to the U.S. Constitution.
He’s objecting, and a judge sided with him, saying that U.S. citizenship is precious, and the government hasn’t proved that any misrepresentations the man made on his citizenship application influenced the decision to grant him citizenship. That’s probably true. However:
Call me crazy, but plotting against your adopted country doesn’t indicate to me that you hold it or your citizenship in high esteem.
Citizenship is precious. I wonder how he’ll show his appreciation once he’s out of jail.