I have a problem with Enemy Combatant Status for American citizens (e.g., being stripped of all rights), because any of us could be next.
Exactly, as distasteful as this case is (and given the current regime any of us could indeed be next).
I think I mostly agree with you, but I have a problem with this “magical” naturalized citizen concept. I say “magical” because everyone seems to act like it’s a done-deal, even though he swore an oath to be a citizen that he didn’t mean or keep. Why doesn’t that come into play in determining his status and the venue?
If this (in my view, absurd) interpretation of naturalization is the standard, then I think the process toward the outcome you fear will be accelerated. Jihadists will use our mis-application of Constitutional protections against us, and things will then deteriorate to the point where we willingly allow all of us to be considered Enemy Combatants in order to fight the terror.
I think there should be a substantive difference between natural born and naturalized citizenship, certainly as far as “acts of war” against the US are concerned. The oath for citizenship needs to mean something. If it doesn’t, then immigration, itself, is insanity.
A person born here cannot be stripped, but a naturalized citizen can be.
This “enemy combatant” issue seems to have become a vehicle
to advance the political careers of John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Graham has to face the voters next year, so he must look tough on terrorism.
I’m not taking the bait and being sucked into this wedge issue for Graham’s re-election.