Attorney Peter Johnson is on with Megyn Kelly on America Live right now. Johnson suggests that as a naturalized citizen, Shahzad can be charged with treason, and his citizenship could possibly be revoked. This goes back to discussion about Senator John McCain’s Senate Bill 3081, which would allow for American citizens engaged in terrorism to be held without trial, violating the Fifth and Sixth amendments.
My position on SB3081 is we must find another way to do this, and I talked to Brandon Andrews in Senator Jim Inhofe’s office about the bill. Senator Inhofe is a co-sponsor of the bill. I asked why we did not use the charge of treason, which certainly seems to fit these situations.
One odd thing about SB3081, however, is that it only deals with American al-Qaeda and not American Taliban, because, as Inhofe’s office told me, “Afghanistan is too sensitive right now.” The Taliban in Afghanistan has taken credit for the Times Square failed bombing.
According to Attorney General Eric Holder, Faisal Shahzad was questioned and then Mirandized. Where does the charge of “treason,” fit in these attacks. I think it fits nicely.
Related and Background:
Faisal Shahzad Naturalized in 2009: Huma Mian is Faisal