Hassan Shibly, the attorney for the family of “ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana, went on Fox News to make a plea for the family member of his client to return to the United States and face the consequences of her actions.
Muthana fled America when she was 19-years-old, joined the Islamic State, and proceeded to encourage others to do the same through social media. She posted multiple times for terrorist attacks to be undertaken in America, though there are questions about whether or not she maintained control of her social media profiles after joining the terrorist group.
Five years and three husbands later, Muthana has been interviewed by multiple American news outlets to state her desire to come back to the country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denied that she’s a citizen, saying she will not be let back in.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed calls for an Alabama woman, Hoda Muthana, to return to the United States to face justice after betraying the nation and joining the Islamic State. Five years and three husbands later, she has requested to come back to America with her son to face justice, but she cannot. She is not a United States citizen, according to Pompeo.
If she were allowed to come back to America, it sets the precedent that anyone who betrays their nation because they were misled will be allowed to come back. The prospects of life in jail seem to be more comforting to her than the life she’s currently living. She should not be afforded that luxury.
There are some good points being made by both sides. She abandoned the country and it seems that many decades in prison may be better for her and her child than continuing to live in the Middle East or fleeing elsewhere. One important point the family is making is that she has “valuable information” about the Islamic State. Moreover, she expressed a desire to speak out and warn others considering similar actions against betraying the nation.
Personally, I’d like to see her come back and face American justice. I know that’s not a popular stance right now but the benefits of bringing her back outweigh the detriments. She’s a traitor, but she’s also an example to potential future traitors.