February 17, 2013 |
An open debate over using drones to target individual terrorists is long overdue. Many Americans object to the killing in Yemen of Anwar Awlaki, a fellow citizen, without affording him due process. But the Supreme Court has ruled that the particular "process" that is constitutionally "due" varies with context and competing interests. So how much process was Awlaki due? My answer is some, but not in a court. Our constitutional principles ordain that all citizens shall be treated alike.
January 3, 2013 |
Gerard Depardieu now has Russian citizenship, courtesy of President Vladimir Putin, who Thursday delivered on a promise made a couple of weeks ago. Russia's main state-run TV station broadcast an open letter reportedly from the "Green Card" star (via the BBC ), saying, "I filed a passport application and I am pleased that it was accepted. I love your country, Russia - its people, its history, its writers. I love your culture, your intelligence. " The actor is well-known in Putin's country.
July 21, 2012 |
Olympic champion swimmer Matt Grevers, 27, knows about love. He loves his fiancée, he loves his sport and he loves his country. Although born and raised in the U.S., Grevers' parents are from the Netherlands, and he had dual citizenship and visited their Dutch homeland every summer while growing up. When it came time to qualify for the Olympics, there was the opportunity to take the easier route and be a member of the Dutch team, but for Grevers,...
May 16, 2012 |
First Rep. Michele Bachmann renounced the Swiss citizenship she acquired through her husband, insisting that "I am, and always have been, 100% committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America.” Then it was reported that Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, a native of Brazil, had filed papers to renounce his American citizenship before the company went public, a step that apparently will redound to his financial benefit...
May 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — One day after calling her dual Swiss-U.S. citizenship a "non-story," Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann asked the Swiss government Thursday to take her name off its rolls. "I am and always have been 100% committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America," said Bachmann, a tea party favorite and former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Swiss citizenship was automatically conferred in 1978 when she married Marcus Bachmann, the son of Swiss immigrants, she said, and the recent news was merely because she and her family had updated their documents.
May 10, 2012 |
So it turns out that Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a former GOP presidential contender who has made a political career out of wrapping herself in the American flag and questioning the patriotism of her ideological opponents, is a dual Swiss citizen. That's pretty delicious for those who find the jingoistic isolationism of the " tea party" movement tiresome, but I take Bachmann at her word that she's an accidental Heidi. And that's a shame, because a little more exposure to places like Switzerland might broaden her worldview, if not her politics.