Okay, so Joe Lieberman — like his friend John McCain — is apparently upset that Faisal Shahzad had to have his Miranda Rights read to him by the FBI. So, what's a hawkish Democratic senator to do? How about come up with a brilliant plan to strip terrorists of U.S. citizenship so that Miranda Rights would no longer be required.
Try as I might, I can't possibly think of any glaringly obvious problems with this plan…
Lieberman is planning to introduce a bill that would allow the government to revoke the citizenship of an American who joins a foreign terrorist organization, the Hill reports. The proposed legislation would amend current law that strips a person's citizenship if they fight with a foreign army.
"I think it's time for us to look at whether we want to amend that law to apply it to American citizens who choose to become affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, whether they should not also be deprived automatically of their citizenship and therefore be deprived of rights that come with that citizenship when they are apprehended and charged with a terrorist act," Lieberman, head of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on Fox News.
"…said on Fox News." No surprises there. Where else would he say it? The bowels of Hell? They only tape on weekends.
Anyway, I suppose that, in theory, I'm not opposed to this plan. (I have this tendency to lose sympathy for people who try to kill hundreds of innocent civilians.) However, aren't Miranda Rights traditionally read to people suspected of a crime? I'm not a hundred percent sure, because I've only seen them read aloud in a million different movies and TV shows, but I don't think they're read to people who have already been convicted. (Those people, I'm pretty sure, just get butt-raped by neo-Nazis and that guy from Law & Order.)
So, if this law were to work the way that Lieberman seems to want it to work, you could effectively strip a U.S. citizen of his or her citizenship simply by accusing them of being a conspiring terrorist.
I don't know why the idea of this gives me pause. Situations like this generally tend to not ever, ever be abused.
Tags: Bill of Rights, Constitution, Faisal Shahzad, Joe Lieberman, Senate, Terrorism
Today Lindsey Graham, John Kerry and Joe Lieberman were supposed to unveil this climate bill they've been working on, a significant piece of environmental legislation that's backed by oil companies and opposed by Greenpeace. So, uh, I'm sure it'll help reduce America's dependence on foreign… sandwiches, maybe?
Plot twist alert! Where is Lindsey Graham going? He's not going to the climate bill press conference. He's… he's… why, he's going rogue!
In a stunning move that could throw a major roadblock in front of two of President Obama's biggest legislative initiatives, Sen. Lindsey Graham abruptly declared Saturday he's abandoning talks on climate change legislation because he believes Democratic efforts to bring up a separate immigration reform package is undermining the legislative process.
"Moving forward on immigration – in this hurried, panicked manner – is nothing more than a cynical political ploy," the South Carolina Republican wrote in a sharply-worded letter obtained by CNN.
Now, the difference between the Democrats' cynical political ploy (pivoting suddenly to immigration because of Arizona's new law/the need to win Hispanic votes in 2010) and Lindsey Graham's cynical political ploy (see blockquote, above) is that Lindsey Graham used the words "cynical political ploy" first, therefore he wins.
Besides, good ol' Grahamnesty may have a point: Congress should only work on one major piece of legislation at a time. Otherwise, when the Republicans say "no," you're not sure which bill they mean.
Tags: Arizona, Climate Change, Democrats, Immigration, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Republicans, Senate
Ugly Americans premieres this Wednesday after the season premiere of South Park, and in order to celebrate, we've decided to create a list of the ugliest American civil servants. I don't know if you guys knew this, but the whole donkeys and elephants thing is actually a metaphor for politicians' ugly faces. Let's do this thing!
Click through the jump to continue reading this list of the ugliest politicians America has to offer.
Tags: Al Franken, House of Representatives, Joe Biden, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, Sarah Palin, Senate
Although facing strong opposition (apparently?) from Americans angered by the lack of jobs and poor economy, the U.S. Senate has somehow managed to pass a bill to help get jobs for Americans and possibly stimulate the economy.
Oh, that Senate and its wasteful spending! Grrrr!
Companies that hire the unemployed would claim new tax breaks under a jobs-promoting bill the Senate passed Wednesday, delivering President Barack Obama and Democrats a much-needed victory.
The 70-28 vote sends the bill back to the House, which passed a far more costly measure in December. Many in the House consider the Senate bill too puny, but they may simply adopt it and send it to Obama in order to get a win. Democratic leaders promise more so-called jobs bills are on the way.
Do you know who I feel bad for in all this? Not the Americans who will be put to work despite their vehement protestations, but a droopy little -Democratic Senator from Connecticut.
If Joe Lieberman had only been informed ahead of time that Scott Brown would be voting with the Democrats, thus giving it the wind to get passed, he could have a thought up a reason to oppose it. And then we'd all be talking about him today.
Poor little guy.
Tags: Bipartisanship, Democrats, Economy, Joe Lieberman, Scott Brown, Senate, Stimulus, Unemployment
Joe Lieberman did his best to hand control of repealing DADT over to his Republican friends today.
Luckily, Carl Levin was there to provide a nice clean smack down before the media grabbed the meme and ran with it…
A quick chop to the back of the neck. Minimal blood. No screaming. That's the way to handle these things.
Tags: Carl Levin, DADT, Joe Lieberman, LGBT, Military, Senate