Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Treason...?

treason: the act of levying war against the United States or adhering to or giving aid and comfort to its enemies by one who owes it allegiance. (source)

Ok, I know those of you on the left think we on the right bandy around the word 'treason' way too much... BUT... Here is my question...Is there such a charge anymore?

Seriously, if Jane Fonda wasn't charged with treason (No, Riceburner...we don't care if she 'apologized'), Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, or John Walker Lindh either --then have we just taken this off the table as a nation?

I realize that there has been less than thirty cases in 228 years, and that the last person charged with treason was Tomoya Kawakita..."a Japanese-American sentenced to death in 1952 for tormenting American prisoners of war during World War II. Even such a clear-cut case created qualms; President Eisenhower commuted Kawakita's sentence to life imprisonment." (source)

Peter Spiro, of New York's Hofstra Law School, has offered a reason for its limited use. "An offense that is inherently political has always been in deep tension with our founding principles of political freedom." Apparently there have been countless Americans who have 'defected' from the Revolutionary War throughout the Cold War --but prosecuting someone for supposed 'political beliefs' has stopped the prosecution under the charge of treason.

This brings us to Ahmed Omar Abu Ali. "Abu Ali faces six counts: conspiracy to provide material support and resources to Al Qaeda; providing material support to Al Qaeda; conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; providing material support to terrorists; contribution of services to Al Qaeda; and receipt of funds and services from Al Qaeda." (Read the indictment)
"The federal indictment said that in 2002 and 2003 Abu Ali and an unidentified co-conspirator discussed plans for Abu Ali to assassinate Bush. They discussed two scenarios, the indictment said: one in which Abu Ali "would get close enough to the president to shoot him on the street" and, alternatively, "an operation in which Abu Ali would detonate a car bomb." (source)

If Abu Ali isn't charged with treason...then we need to just stop playing, and stop pretending that it's even a viable option... Lefties are now free to jump in with the 'Saudis used torture to get the confession' talking points...

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