Al-Qaeda declared jihad against the United States in 1996. Iyman Faris is clearly an al-Qaeda combatant. Those who oppose the revocation of his naturalization on the grounds that it is “Islamophobic” should be asked to explain why they believe that a man who is at war with the United States should be allowed the rights and privileges of citizenship in the United States.
“Justice Department: Man convicted in Brooklyn Bridge terror plot should lose U.S. citizenship,” by Andrea Noble, Washington Times, March 20, 2017:
U.S. authorities took rare action Monday to strip U.S. citizenship from a man convicted in 2003 of terrorism-related charges related to an al Qaeda plan to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Justice Department filed a civil suit to revoke the naturalization of Iyman Faris, a Pakistan native, who is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for providing material support to the terrorist organization. Authorities said Faris was targeted for revocation because of his terrorism-related conviction but the civil action was based on evidence that he lied during the course of the naturalization process – including fraudulently using another man’s passport when he initially entered the United States in 1994 and lying about the circumstances under which he entered the United States….
Faris previously admitted to traveling to Pakistan and Afghanistan in late 2000 to meet with Osama bin Laden and other senior Qaeda leaders, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. When he returned to the United States in 2002, he investigated how blowtorches could be used to sever the Brooklyn Bridge suspension cables and sent updates back to al Qaeda operatives about the plan, finally telling them security was too tight around the bridge to carry out the attack….