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Rukmini Callimachi
1. A few days ago, I sat down with Hoda Muthana,m in Syria. She had traveled from Alabama to Syria on a US passport but she was worried that her US citizenship might be called into question. That’s exactly what has happened. See statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
2. Muthana, now 24, has already been issued two US passports: Once when she was a child and the second one in 2014, when she used it to travel overseas to join ISIS. So how can Pompeo say that she’s not a citizen? The technicality is that she is the daughter of a Yemeni diplomat.
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
3. According to the 14th amendment, people born in the US - as Muthana was - are citizens of the US and “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” What does that mean if you’re the daughter of a Yemeni diplomat? Well a diplomat is subject to the jurisdiction of his or her own country
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
4. But I just got off the phone with Muthana’s family attorney and this rule doesn’t apply to her because her father was discharged from his UN post 1 month before she was born. At the time of her birth, Muthana’s father was no longer a diplomat hence the exclusion is not valid
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
5. When Muthana first received her US passport when she was a child, her father was asked to produce proof that he had been discharged from his diplomatic post. Authorities reviewed her case, says her family lawyer, and handed her not just her first passport but also her second.
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
6. So why is the US *now* saying that she isn’t a citizen? This being the same girl that applied for a renewal of her passport in 2014, received the said passport, and successfully used it to fly from Birmingham to Istanbul? Those trying to help her say that this a “legal dodge.”
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
7. Sources tell us that the US may not have enough to successfully charge her. This is an easy way to offload her. According to data tracked by the Times, there are at least 13 Americans tied to ISIS languishing detention camps in Syria. Almost all are women/l and children
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Scott Stewart Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
Volunteering to serve as an IS “comfort woman” is materially supporting the group.
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @stick631
You'd think. But there is a 1st amendment challenge: Freedom of assembly + marriage is protected, say the attorneys we are speaking to. From what we have learned, there is no sealed indictment for her, unlike for many of the other Americans caught on the battlefield.
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Scott Stewart Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
How does freedom of assembly apply to joining a designated terrorist group and working to help establish their caliphate?
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Mike Kumar Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
"languishing" is quite a sympathetic word to use for someone that willingly joined a terror organization that beheaded innocent civilians. Why the change of heart after the territorial defeat of ISIS?
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @stick631
If it's a slam dunk, there should be a sealed indictment, no? There doesn't appear to be one, despite the fact that her father reported her joining ISIS soon after she left and despite her voluminous Twitter persona as an ISIS cheerleader.
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J Feb 20
Replying to @rcallimachi
Ahmed Ali Saleh Muthana is listed in this UN blue book from August 1994. When was she born?
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @mikeinyvr
No idea how you could interpret that word as sympathetic:
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
Replying to @alqabadai
October 28, 1994
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 20
I've covered ISIS for five years, Ysais. Mine was among the first pieces that showed that the rapes of Yazidi women was not an ad hoc abuse, but a systematic program of sexual slavery, which included mandatory prayer before each rape. Maybe use Google?
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John Rossomando Feb 21
Replying to @rcallimachi
What was your gut feeling about her? Did she give you any uneasiness like when someone is trying to manipulate you or deceive you?
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 21
Replying to @jrossman12
Wait till tomorrow when you can hear her on the Daily!
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John Rossomando Feb 21
Replying to @rcallimachi
I don't have access.
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Rukmini Callimachi Feb 21
Replying to @jrossman12
You don’t have access to iTunes?
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