By Suzanne Hamner – Re-Blogged From http://www.FreedomOutpost.com
Another day, another right lost to the political corruption in Washington. In a move that has garnered almost “no” media attention, the House of Representatives passed HR 237, known as the “FTO (foreign terrorist organization) Passport Revocation Act, which allows the “Obama administration the unilateral power to strip you of your passport and right to travel without a trial or even criminal charges.” This piece of legislation did not receive a “recorded vote” due to the “uncontroversial” support and passed after only 15 minutes of “supposed” debate. For anyone caught up in this “web” wrongly, there is no recourse contained in the legislation to “challenge the status as a non-person involuntarily trapped inside US borders by order of the secretary of state.”
According to Infowars.com, “Lawmakers, some of whom could themselves be caught in the dragnet along with myriad administration officials, praised the effort as a way to stop alleged terrorists from travelling.”
Congress wants to prevent “alleged terrorists” from travelling. Moreover, who does the federal government consider as terrorists? Documents obtained by Judicial Watch indicates the government considers approximately 72 types of US citizens as potential terrorists are while any reference to Islam is conspicuously missing. The White House, aka Ayatollah Obama, declares the unilateral authority to murder by drone or detain American citizens indefinitely without due process, charging them with a crime, or on “alleged” criminal activity.
The federal government wants to prevent “alleged terrorists” from leaving the country; however, this same government allows American citizens who fought with ISIS to return with impunity while claiming to “monitor” these traitors. So, just who is the government trying to keep from leaving? It’s not Islamic jihadis.
Americans can thank Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) for his sponsorship of the bill, which was “adopted under ‘suspension of the rules’ typically used for trivialities such as renaming post offices.” In looking at the bill, it clearly states, “to authorize the revocation or denial of passports and passport cards to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, and for other purposes.” [Emphasis mine.]
Some who read this bill will say, “Now, Suzanne, you are going off the deep end here with this as it only applies to individuals who aid, abet, assist or help ‘an organization the Secretary of State has designated as a foreign terrorist organization’. There’s nothing to worry about if we’re not helping terrorist organizations.”
Well, under any other circumstances with any other Congress, president, Secretary of State prior to say 1990, there might not be cause for worry. However, with the liberal usurpation of unilateral authority to murder with drones and hold US citizens indefinitely without any due process, the stretch to false accusations for nefarious purposes by this administration or anyone in it isn’t far. There are no set criteria in this “new” attack on liberty. The terms are undefined and there remains no appeals process. It creates an avenue for widespread abuse by the current Secretary of State, John Kerry, along with future occupants of that office.
Did anything in that document declare that actual evidence had to exist to invoke a passport revocation? The only criteria the document indicated were “whom the Secretary of State has determined ….” Basically, the new legislation, should it pass the Senate and be signed by Ayatollah Obama, could leave citizens stranded outside the United States as well as prevent citizens from leaving based on “secret” evidence or the whim of “one” individual. As a reminder, the NSA maintains a vast database of unlawfully, unconstitutionally gathered communications data on every US citizen that could be “sliced and diced” against targeted individuals to produce an appearance of “criminality” where none exists.