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Submitted by festine (United States), Jan 4, 2006 at 11:23

I agree with the sentiment expressed by several of your readers on this article.

Detailed interviewing and serious background investigation of muslim immigrants is fine. Denial of citizenship prospectively, or revocation of citizenship retroactively, for those who fail either in word or deed is a good idea. Deportation must be swift and certain, without legal loophole for tenuous claims of ill treatment in the native country.

Electronic tags are just too outlandish. Besides, there are many other effective ways to conduct meaningful surveillance (physical and electronic) on those who merit it.

For all of the carping about Western Europe's general ineptitute in dealing with muslim immigrants, the fact remains that under the legal system in those countries, the police and security services actually have more intrusive powers in the investigatory process than in the United States. Detention can take place on suspicion alone, without the necessity of actual charges being brought. Wiretaps, searches, etc. can be accomplished with less cumbersome judicial oversight than in the US.

I say: Use the tools you have more effectively. Much of Western Europe needs attitude changes more than legal changes.
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