In past weeks, we’ve seen former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a hacker. We’ve seen him as a leaker. And we’ve seen him as a source. But a stateless person is one thing he is likely not.
The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person.
Statelessness, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, refers to the absence of nationality or citizenship.
But a state can still consider one a national even while revoking his or her passport. According to a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Justice, legitimate law enforcement rationales exist for revoking a passport. The main reasons include a felony arrest warrant or a condition of parole or probation that forbids leaving the country.