Congress Passes Bill In 15 Minutes To Revoke Americans' Passports Without Due Process

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The “war on terror” is a status quo fraud perpetuated by the oligarch-controlled mainstream media and authoritarian members of Congress as a way to systematically strip the American public of its freedom and civil rights in the name of fighting an outside enemy. This tried and true tactic has been used by statists throughout history, and history is indeed repeating itself here in the “land of the free.”

Of course, I’ve spent innumerable hours writing on this topic for many years, even before I started this website. Here are a few recent examples:

The “War on Terror” Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns of Right Wing Terror Threat

More “War on Terror” Abuses – Spying Powers Are Used for Terrorism Only 0.5% of the Time

How the Department of Homeland Security Monitored and Tracked Peaceful “Black Lives Matter” Protests

Moving along, today’s story is so incredible it’s almost hard to believe. It appears our so-called “representatives” recently took fifteen minutes to pass a bill that allows the Secretary of State to revoke Americans’ passports with no due process. Did you know about this? Well neither did I, and what’s worse, these members of Congress are so cowardly they passed the bill with a voice vote to avoid going on record. Talk about anti-American.

First, from Reason:

On Tuesday, without much notice, and after a whopping 15-minute debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed via voice vote the Foreign Terrorist Organization Passport Revocation Act of 2015. Its intent: “To authorize the revocation or denial of passports and passport cards to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, and for other purposes.” Some of the bill’s sparse details:

 

The Secretary of State may refuse to issue a passport [or revoke a previously issued one] to any individual whom the Secretary has determined has aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped an organization the Secretary has designated as a foreign terrorist organization

 

How does today’s John Kerry or tomorrow’s John Bolton make such a determination? The bill doesn’t say.

Don’t we have laws, courts and due process in this country? Guess not.

It was also covered by Police State USA:

A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would allow the government to restrict Americans’ travel through the revocation of passports based upon mere suspicions of unscrupulous activity.  This bill represents another dangerous step forward in the war on terror and the disintegration of American due process.

 

H.R. 237, the “FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) Passport Revocation Act of 2015,” will allow the U.S. Secretary of State the unchecked authority to prohibit individuals from traveling internationally.  According to the bill, the Secretary may unilaterally revoke (or refuse to issue) a passport from “any individual whom the Secretary has determined has aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped an organization the Secretary has designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189).”

 

The bill did not bother to define what the terms “aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped” actually mean, in legal terms.  The power has been left open-ended so that it can mean whatever the secretary wants it to mean.  Needless to say, a bill like this would be easily abused.

 

The travel restriction requires no presumption of innocence for the targeted individual; no explanation; no public presentation of evidence; no opportunity for a defense; no checks and balances on the power.  The bill does not outline any appeals process for the targeted individual.  The only stipulation is that the Secretary of State must issue a report to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs — “classified or unclassified.”  The bill does not state that either committee can reverse the secretary’s decisions.

What’s really disturbing though, is that as I was researching this bill, I came across the fact that Congress is also sneaking in a provision to the highway-bill that would allow the IRS to revoke Americans’ passports if they owe the agency $50,000. Here’s some excellent coverage on the matter from the Ron Paul Institute:

Just the other day we wrote about a US House “suspension” bill that would give the Secretary of State the authority to cancel your passport if he decided that you had “aided” an organization that he rules is terrorist. There is no definition of what “aided” means, no chance to dispute the Secretary’s decision, no trial or presentation of evidence, and in fact any evidence the government has can be classified as secret so that you may not see it. In effect the Secretary of State can unilaterally consign you to internal exile and there is nothing you can do about it.

 

Because Members of the US House were too cowardly to go on record voting for such an anti-American piece of legislation, the bill passed by a voice vote.

 

Today the US Senate plans to one-up its counterparts on the lowlier side of Capitol Hill. Buried inside the US highways funding bill is a provision to revoke or deny issuance of a US passport to anyone who has a large outstanding tax debt to the US Internal Revenue Service. According to a Senate Finance Committee summary (PDF) acquired today, the measure provides for:

 

Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain unpaid taxes. This provision would authorize the Federal government to deny the application for a passport when an individual has more than $50,000 (indexed for inflation) of unpaid federal taxes which the IRS is collecting through enforcement action. It would also permit the Federal government to revoke a passport for such individuals. Before revocation, however, the Federal government would be allowed to limit a previously issued passport only for return travel to the United States or to issue a limited passport that only permits return travel to the United States. The provision would be effective on January 1, 2016, and is estimated to raise $0.398 billion over 10 years.As can be seen from the summary, this measure threatening to imprison Americans within (or outside) US borders is simply viewed as a means by which to raise revenue. The hoped-for increase in revenue coming from this threat is considered an “offset” to the money being spent on the highway bill — in other words the threat to imprison US citizens within their own country or freeze them out is considered appropriate incentive to force them to pay what the government claims it is owed.

 

Unconvinced that the US government would do such a thing? Check the bill coming to the Senate Floor. Section 52102 of the Highway Funding bill, to be taken up by the Senate today,  states:

 

If the Secretary receives certification by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that any individual has a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000, the Secretary shall transmit such certification to the Secretary of State for action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport pursuant to section 52102(d) of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

 

The use of citizenship rights as a weapon against Americans is becoming increasingly common as Washington is ever more desperate for control of its passport holders.

Indeed, Congress does seem rather obsessed in creating various loopholes by which the government can snatch American citizens’ passports and restrict travel without due process. It makes you wonder if Ron Paul was right in 2011 when he stated: “Border Fence Will Be Used To ‘Keep Us In'”

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Paveway IV's picture

Didn't the Nazis do this after they burnt down the Reichstag?

TeamDepends's picture

Reichstag = 911. We are in deep, deep, deep....

PrayingMantis's picture

 

 

... aw, shit, I better behave ...

        ... wait, I'm no 'merican ...

jaap's picture

Revoking US passports can be seen as a huge tax credit.

wendigo's picture

What does 'owing' the IRS 50k even mean? I owe more than that for the rest of this year. I pay taxes of about 28k each quarter this year. So techinically, I still 'owe' the IRS the 50 grand. Or do scheduled payments not count? Did anyone bother to define it? 

VegasBob's picture

The operative words in the law appear to be "seriously delinquent" or "enforcement action" - I don't think paying current estimated taxes falls under either of those categories...

knukles's picture

Wonderful tirade, rant from Sarah Palin in defense and admiration of The Donald.  Great read:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/31/bnexclusive-palin-tru...

One Day Only's picture

*deleted* someone beat me to it...

CrazyCooter's picture

The debtor prisons are coming ... go ahead and borrow ... the laws will change and y'all can work off the principal (and interest) in debtor re-education camps.

Regards,

Cooter

Tom Servo's picture

I was baptised as a Roman Catholic,  I am on the list...

 

Bananamerican's picture

relax. your buddies are all Supremes

Doña K's picture

I think that TBTB already have the right to take your passport if you have accused of a crime and you are a flight risk.

Maybe this is additional measure to terrify and control the plebes.

realmoney2015's picture

I was just thinking today that Congress should give more power to the excecutive branch (sarcasm).

Help Is Not Coming's picture

"I think that TBTB already have the right to take your passport if you have accused of a crime and you are a flight risk.

Maybe this is additional measure to terrify and control the plebes."

Under the rule of law you have to be accused of a crime, arrested, booked and then there is a judicial hearing where the prosecutor makes his case that you are a flight risk and that you need to have your passport revoked and bail denied. That's when you explain to the judge that you weren't really going that fast in the school zone.

This bill appears to be unconstitutional because it does away with due process. So yes, you can have your passport revoked if you are a flight risk. There is a whole legal due process path for you to get your passport revoked "legally/constitutionally". This isn't that.

We are no longer a nation of laws. We now a nation of men with all of the third world type problems that it creates.

Doña K's picture

Bien entendu.

We are preparing to jump the fence outwards.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Q: If they revoke your passport and take the extra step of revoking your citizenship (see Australia), does that mean you'd be considered an illegal alien, entitled to all of the rights, privileges and appurtenances thereof?

I mean, truly free healthcare, no income tax, reduced or free tuition, free govt a$$i$tance, and a catch-and-release criminal penalty system sound kinda sweet!

clade7's picture

 

No biggie..just check the box for 'race' as Jesuit...the World is yours!

weburke's picture

what exactly was said to all those who cooperate with the liars?
what sentences are said that convince so many to go along?
but even more than -go along-, but JOIN iin the murderous work of killing off freedom.

DC Exile's picture

yes.

Just the camel's nose under the tent in terms of destroying our basic human right of free travel. The US is one big electronic concentration camp.

They even jettison any due process - up to the whim of Sec of State and whatever IRS Lois "missing emails" Lerner currently in place.

And I was supposed to want Republicans to have control of Congress? Why?

They're all fucking Nazis. Fuck these fuckers. Sick fucks. They make me fucking vomit.

 

Earl Slaughter-- Truck Driver.'s picture

Cooter, just wait til they expand the net to include persons who are in default on their student loans!

autofixer's picture

Until a politically appointed lawyer in a black robe decides that it does.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Guess Al Sharpton won't be traveling abroad any time soon.

Excursionist's picture

The write-up said you'd have to owe $50k+ in an enforcement action, so if you're paying your quarterlies without a court's coercion, then you should be golden.

Gold...Bitches's picture

The definition will be whatever they need it to be at the time. There will be some kind of a 'check' against them doing whatever they want you will be told.  Reality is that 99.99% of requests will be automatically granted.  Just like FISA court.  

TheSecondLaw's picture

Did the members of congress all give the Nazi salute after the bill was passed?  History is rhyming...

Paveway IV's picture

"...Did the members of congress all give the Nazi salute after the bill was passed?..."

They would lose their passports for being anti-Semitic if they did that.

They use the politically-correct Nazi salute today: the 'high five'. 

booboo's picture

"They use the politically-correct Nazi salute today: the 'high five"

House Rule 1369 or as sometimes refered to as" The Unlucky Fucker" forbids "back slapping, jumping, arm waving, The Andy Jackson (a move that replicates throat cutting with the finger (as Old Hickory used to do when he saw a Banker) celebratory gunfire, crotch grabing, passing loud gas, belching, walking farts sometimes refered to as squib jibbling sword waving, fingering pages?? and other acts that would bring scorn upon this esteemed body"

Paveway IV's picture

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a God damn squib jibbling politician!

Muddy1's picture

Soon we will be told that our ability travel between states can be limited without any recourse or due process.  Then we will be told we cannot leave our towns and cities.

 

Papers please.

post turtle saver's picture

yeah, I can't wait to see the TSA interstate checkpoints turn up... you know that's someone's ultimate wet dream in D.C. at the moment...

autofixer's picture

It will be a little less obious as it was in the USSR.  The checkpoints will be along military district lines.  

clade7's picture

 

already there me bucko...just try driving down I65 out of Chicago without an Indiana VIPER team pulling you over and tearing you apart like the scare crow on the Wzard of Oz...

Bloppy's picture

What difference does it make? Twitter can try and convict a lion hunter in 15 minutes, much faster than the government can react.

 

Jimmy Carter: US ‘now just an oligarchy’

http://tinyurl.com/q33gjbj


Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

He was carrying a bag filled with a semiautomatic,.223-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P-15 rifle, five 30-round magazines, and hundreds of additional rounds of ammunition contained in boxes. Walking up to a TSA checkpoint, he pulled the rifle out of the bag and opened fire, shooting TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez in the chest "at point-blank range". He then went up an escalator, but returned to the checkpoint and shot Hernandez again, apparently after seeing him move

Mentaliusanything's picture

It is such a small step from here to the time when you are denied permission to travel because you 'Sympathize' with the plight of a person or state they regard as being a terrorists or is noncompliant with the anything that threatens them or the power they have. 

You become hunted, denied existence and closed out if you even think of challenging anything they pass as 'Law"

and it's not about the paltry amount they are going to raise over 10 years, for goodness sake, congress pisses that much yearly up on a stainless wall. No.. this is a very thin edge of a wedge which will be used as a basis to add other clauses. Before you know it they will come for you because of your religion or views or thoughts.

If it really was about raising back taxes then it would be aimed also at companies, after all they are individuals with rights, No again they go for the weakest link, the individual, even if that individual may have just reasons they cannot pay either through divorce illness age or disability.

Who are these Law makers? I for one would watch them with very open eyes.

However just so you know, Australia has a new law that revokes not only your passport but your very existence as a citizen. It denies you your country via cancelling your right to statehood. Now that's how far the Nazi's have come down here. All under the pretense of Terrorism.

You hear the shot and feel the thud of the bullet as it passes into your gut. It's only when you see your life force pouring out into your cupped hand that you come to realize your beyond ever changing what could have been done before you let it get this far. Then you beg for death to clean your guilt

Model T's picture

As I've been saying for years now; welcome to the Fourth Reich. But, of course, it's not a joke, and I don't smile when I tell people this. they think I"m crazy, of course.

Ass Burger's picture

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

"Godwin's Law (or Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1][2] is an Internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1"[2][3]—? that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism."

TeamDepends's picture

You've got to pass it..... Ah who cares?

asierguti's picture

If the Secretary receives certification by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that any individual has a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000

 

18+ trillions in debt. Are they gonna revoke Obama's and Bush's passports?

Paveway IV's picture

"...If the Secretary receives certification by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that any individual has a seriously delinquent STUDENT LOAN debt in an amount in excess of $50,000..."

This is the only thing that will rile the Kardashian crowd in the least. 

XitSam's picture

Many IRS employees are behind on taxes. Don't know if any are 50K deep.

MissCellany's picture

Just as an aside, how the hell do so many IRS employees get behind on taxes? Aren't they subject to withholding like the average shmo?

XitSam's picture

Fraud?  They have the work experience.

clade7's picture

Weekend for cash pressure washers?

Peter Pan's picture

It's strange how they can strip you of your passport without due process but if you want to relinquish your citizenship they put you through the ringer.

This latest move must really have the illegal Mexicans shaking in their sombreros.

Paveway IV's picture

You will be happy to know that it is now easier for your treasonous dual-citizen congressmen to legally hang on to their Israeli passport than it is for them to legally hang on to their U.S. passport. And yes, of course they have an Israeli passport - that's the whole idea.

F'king squib jibblers...

Normalcy Bias's picture

This means Obama's passport gets revoked, right? Due to his support of ISIS in Syria?

Just curious...

Stormtrooper's picture

Stop wasting your time voting in federal elections and thinking that anything will improve.  The only two viable ways to fix this problem is thru a state Constitutional Convention where the states decide whether to dramatically reign in, or terminate DC thru amendments or thru revolution.  And it may happen in that order if our state reps sell us out during the Convention process.