There are many people that should have been charged with treason... John Walker Lindh among them, but the government seemed to have lost the definition:
TREASON - This word imports a betraying, treachery, or breach of allegiance.
The Constitution of the United States, Art. III, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort. This offence is punished with death. By the same article of the Constitution, no person shall be convicted of treason, unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
Well, finally the word has re-entered our legal system. Better late than never I guess:
"... A California man who joined al-Qaida and appeared in its videos declaring that "the streets of America shall run red with blood" was indicted Wednesday on the first treason charge filed in more than 50 years.
Adam Yehiye Gadahn, 28 - who is believed to be in or near Pakistan - could be sentenced to death if convicted of the charge. He also was indicted on a charge of providing material support to terrorists.
Treason has only been brought a few dozen times in U.S. history and not at all since the World War II era.
Gadahn "knowingly adhered to an enemy of the United States, namely, al-Qaida, and gave al-Qaida aid and comfort ... with intent to betray the United States," according to the indictment, handed up by an Orange County grand jury...." (source)
Thought it was about time we have a "good news" story...
Tasteless Addendum: I have always wondered what kind of person could born and raised in America and then defect to Al Qaeda...then I heard this morning this guy was raised on a GOAT farm... ;)