Can Anyone Be Found Guilty Of Treason Anymore?
Posted by iusbvision on March 7, 2006
It is quite simple, Article 3 Section 3 reads “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or, in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort”. However, does the freedom of speech trump treason? Certainly not if one looks at the historical precedent.
Tokyo Rose was convicted of treason against the United States for broadcasting messages that taunted Allied forces and hurt morale during WWII. She was an American citizen helping our enemy by her speech. It is important to note that she was later pardoned by Pres. Ford, but not because her speech was found Constitutional. She was pardoned because there was not enough evidence to prove the woman found guilty actually was Tokyo Rose.
After Tokyo Rose, it was Hanoi Jane Fonda in July of 1972. During the Vietnam War, Fonda praised the North Vietnamese, posed for pictures on a communist anti-aircraft gun, and made several radio broadcasts calling American military leaders “war criminals”. To make matters worse, when the POWs returned, instead of hailing them as heroes, Fonda called them hypocrites, baby killers, and liars. Can there be any doubt she gave comfort and aid to our enemy? Guess what, no charge of treason.
What about a person who actually fights alongside the enemy against American troops? That is the case of American Taliban, Johnny “bin” Walker. Can there be any doubt that he levied war against the United States. Again, no charge of treason.
The latest example is former vice president Al Gore. In an attempt to keep his name in the headlines, Mr. Gore went to the Jeddah Economic Forum and told the mainly Saudi Arabian audience that America committed “terrible abuses” against Arabs. What were these abuses? Apparently some illegal aliens were “indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa or not having a green card in proper order, and held in conditions that were just unforgivable”.
Obviously Al of Arabia, as he is being called, just forgot that the terrorists on September 11th had invalid visas. Gore even had the gall to apologize to our enemies on behalf of all Americans for arresting those who were breaking the law!
Is it treasonous for Time magazine to declare Osama Bin Laden the man of the year in 2001? After much deliberation and even more public scrutiny, Time caved and picked Rudi Giuliani. During a time of war, should we really be giving a world-wide stage to the enemy?
Then there are the employees of the Washington D.C. bureau of the Al Jazeera network. Al Jazeera is the Arabic television station that broadcasts all the tapes of Bin Laden and beheadings of the kidnapping victims. Isn’t giving the enemy a public voice giving them aid?
On that note, what about the newspapers across the country that run daily reports criticizing every action done by our troops? Or newspapers that give our enemies and those who hate America a sounding board to spread their message?
The Vision will not be placing their messages on our pages. We will not give a voice to the enemies of America. Those that hate America need not come knocking, not on this door.