- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is imprisoning a beautiful American female journalist for eight years (“Iran convicts U.S. journalist of spying,” Page 1, Sunday) and I submit that this is the fault of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here’s why: If Roxana Saberi were not a dual citizen, she would not have been admitted to Iran in the first place, and she would not have been a dual citizen had the Supreme Court not taken the radical step of establishing that status (on its own unelected authority) back in 1967.

Thanks to the court’s decision in Afroyim v. Rusk, we face another hostage situation, and the secretary of state will have to bargain for Ms. Saberi’s release. (Don’t blame Justice Antonin Scalia. He voted against multiple citizenships.)

We have no idea of how many Americans hold more than one citizenship. The U.S. census asks how many automobiles we have but not how many citizenships. Our security apparatus is way behind the times, too. When entering a secure facility, I have to fill out a form that asks whether I am an American citizen, but it does not ask whether I owe fealty to any other nation. The form ought to provide plenty of space for that.

EUGENE G. WINDCHY

Alexandria

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