By Hillary Chabot
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is co-sponsoring a bill that would strip terrorists of their American citizenship if they are found guilty of conspiring against America after two accused homegrown terrorists were arrested in the Bay State.
Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland was arrested last month and charged in a complex plot to attack Washington, D.C., and Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury is set to go on trial this fall on charges he provided "material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization," and acted as a "media wing" for al-Qaeda.
"Individuals who work with terrorist organizations to attack our country and kill our people should lose the privileges of citizenship," Brown said in a statement. "The recent arrest of Rezwan Ferdaus, who was stockpiling advanced weaponry and planning a major attack against our nation's capital, highlights the growing problem of homegrown terrorism, even in a peaceful community like Ashland, Massachusetts. In future cases, this bill would take away what terrorists have already renounced through their words and actions -- the right to call themselves Americans."
The bipartisan bill, dubbed the "Enemy Expatriation Act," is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Reps. Jason Altamira (D-Pa.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). It would tweak an existing federal law that details how a U.S. citizen can lose his citizenship to include "a person who engages in hostilities or purposefully and materially supports hostilities against the United States."
Brown has been busy bolstering his homeland security chops as he prepares for a tough Democratic challenger in 2012.