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Loyalty Oath, Lying Immigrants, and Ideological Gatekeeping

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Submitted by Constantine Kipnis (United States), Aug 31, 2005 at 07:40

For decades new entrants into the US had to explicitly claim that they are not members of the Communist party. This can now be expanded to include other organizations, starting with anything on the terrorist watch list. If a family member or a friend belongs to one of these, you, the new entrant, should disavow any affinity with them.

Once such statements are placed on the record, these individuals can later on be deported if it ever transpires that they lied during admission to the country. Such revelations may result from an investigation of a terrorist plot and the mechanism for expulsion should be clearcut.

This will not deal with every single terrorist, especially considering the young ones who embrace Islamist dogma in this country after a seemingly normal upbringing. Nevertheless, it would provide a tight leash for the thousands of vicarious enablers of terrorism who currently allow themselves the luxury of supporting murder at an arms length. Without the easy support of the community, terrorists are far less effective in staying one step ahead of the law. It's time for the community to demonstrate where their true loyalties lie and this approach goes a long way towards making that happen within our existing legal framework.
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Daniel Pipes replies:

Excellent point, and one I have been arguing for since September 14, 2001 (see http://www.danielpipes.org/article/66; and then, at greater length at http://www.danielpipes.org/article/79).

DP

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