Thursday, October 16, 2014

Can The US Seize A Citizen's Passport?

Yes, says Peter van Buren:
Can the U.S. government seize the passports of American citizens who it believes may travel abroad to join ISIS or other terror groups? Yep. The process is almost no-cost to the government, extra-judicial, can be made secret and requires a lengthy court process to even try to contest. No passport, no international travel, the ultimate no-fly tool against would-be jihadis. ...

And the procedure is ostensibly legal... but it has not been much used. Read van Buren's post to learn why.


  1. Why would you want to stop a jihadi from going to where he's probably going to get killed? Let those people go! Just don't let them come back in. Just create a law that if you willingly fight for any force other than the US, your guilty of a felony and subject to lengthy incarceration. Of course that would put Israeli import soldiers in the same boat as the Jihadists and that's OK with me.


    1. Shirt, you know as well as I do that this isn't about jihad: it's about whether a citizen of a free country has an intrinsic right to travel internationally, and whether that right can be revoked without due process. Apparently, the answers are "NO" and "YES"; I can't say I'm very happy with those answers.



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