President Trump says an  Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States because she is not an American citizen.

However, there are some mitigating circumstances present.

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President Trump says an  Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States because she is not an American citizen.

In a brief statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave no details as to how the administration made their determination.

Muthana faces a potential terrorism prosecution if she gets her to wish to return to the US, legal experts told The Post on Monday.

The New York Post  reported, “If I were advising her, I’d tell her coming back to the United States may be risky for her,” former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said.

The Post article added that “Manhattan defense lawyer Michael Bachrach, who helped represent the first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a civilian court, said Muthana ‘can certainly be charged with attempted material support of terrorism, material support of terrorism, as well as a conspiracy, count.’ With each count it could be a 15- to 2the 0-year max, which could run consecutively,” he added, referring to her potential prison sentence.”

There are strong opinions on this subject. Chasity Mansfield argues that Muthana should not be allowed back in the country. She states in  Noqreport as follows:

“Hoda Muthana made a choice. She chose the brutal murderers, oppressors, and terrorists of the Islamic State over the United States. It wasn’t the type of decision anyone can make lightly. It’s the type of decision that takes a very clear will and a deceived heart, a decision that requires planning and initiative. She should not be allowed to come back to the United States to ‘face justice,’ as she puts it.”

OUR FREE OPINION

Muthana left the United States and took a flight to Turkey in November 2014. She had planned the trip for months and told her parents that the trip was college-related.  Soon thereafter Muthana settled into into the Syrian city of Raqqa, then one of Isis’s two main hubs. Once there, she married an Australian jihadist, Suhan Rahman, the first of her three husbands, according to the Huffington Post.

We sense that most Americans are opposed to her return to the US. given her anti-American posture, including threats against the country and actions in support of terrorism. We share their compassions.

However, there are some mitigating circumstances present. Muthana was approximately 19-years-old when she left for Turkey. There is evidence of brain-washing on the part of ISIS extremists. She now expresses contrition and remorse. She is quoted as saying “I look back now and I think I was very arrogant. Now I’m worried about my son’s future. In the end, I didn’t have many friends left, because the more I talked about the oppression of Isis the more I lost friends. I was brainwashed once, and my friends are still brainwashed.”

There is no evidence that she directly caused the death of anyone. Finally, there is a question as to whether she is a citizen of the US.

We think she should be permitted to return to the US and face potential criminal consequences. Due process of law seems to require this course of action. Based on the comments of the lawyers above, the consequences could be weighty. She may decide to forgo coming back to the states.

 

 

 

 

 

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