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In Oklahoma City, a person recently converted to Muslim cut off the head of a former female co-worker and seriously injured another. It was likely that the murder spree would have continued had not an armed officer of the company shot and wounded the perpetrator.

Was this an act of terrorism or workplace violence?

This is a gray area in our law. The Obama administration has already determined that terrorists, domestic or foreign, should be tried in American criminal courts – with all the rights of citizens.  So far, the Obama administration has determined that the deadly attack on the Ft. Hood  military base was work place violence even though the perpetrator, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, admitted his reason was related to his radical Muslim beliefs.  Five terrorists leaders were summarily, and illegally, released by President Obama, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an  army deserter.

All this suggests the need for clarity in our law, and I offer this humble example. I will contact members of Congress to see if a law like this can be enacted.

Any individual, American citizen or foreign national, arrested of a crime in the United States, in lands under the protection or authority of the United States, against United States diplomatic facilities in any and all nations, or facilities owned, leased or operated by the United States government in foreign lands, or  against any individual United States citizen anywhere in the world that is directly or indirectly related to international terrorism or international terrorist groups, shall be considered  an international terrorist combatant. 

Any United States citizen charged with a terrorist crime, under this provision, shall be considered to have revoked his or her American citizenship. Such persons, United States citizen or foreign national, shall then be tried and sentenced by military tribunal.

 Any person found guilty, by military tribunal, in the death of an American citizen at the command or terrorists, or as a result of sympathy with terrorist movements, or inspired by terrorism shall be sentenced to death. 

Any person or groups of persons, which commands, encourages, or aids and abets in encouraging, planning, executing, or any person who fails to report to law enforcement the knowledge and plans for acts of terrorism, shall also be determined to have revoked their United States citizenship and be subject to trial by military tribunal.

Why do we need such a law?

We must make sure that the tough talk of politicians has a foundation of certainty. It makes not sense to give foreign terrorists all the rights of American citizens.  It also makes no sense to allow American citizens who engage in acts of violence and terror against the United States to retain their citizenship and their rights.

You will recall the controversy when President Obama properly ordered the execution of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who became a leader in the terrorist war on America.  This issue would have not been controversial at all had we had the legal procedure to strip al-Awlak of his citizenship as an enemy terrorist combatant.

The law would prevent future American presidents from these arbitrary, inexplicable, inconsistent and illogical policy decisions that has made a mockery of swiftness and certainty of American justice.

This would also clarify the situation with Americans joining the fight in the Middle East with terrorist organizations, such as ISIS or Hamas. Once they are discovered to have joined the enemies of American, they no long had citizenship writes.  Their passports would be immediately revoked, and they would no longer have legal ability to return to America.

The implementation of this kind of law would make the long incarcerations impossible. Those currently held there would have been tried and incarcerated, released or dead.  It is unlikely that the five released by presidential edict would have been around to be released.

This law would also thwart terrorist recruitment plans on American soil. It would serve as a discouragement to young Americans to go off for the adventure of war in foreign lands.

It would discourage the leaders of radical mosques in the United States from promoting Jihad.

If you think this law makes sense, I hope you will send it along to your local Senator and Representative in Washington. You can also ask your local newspaper to write editorial in support of such a law.