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What are the Penalties for Treason? WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF WAR? zio-something

from the Legal
The betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.

The Treason Clause traces its roots back to an English statute enacted during the reign of Edward III (1327–1377). This statute prohibited levying war against the king, adhering to his enemies, or contemplating his death. Although this law defined treason to include disloyal and subversive thoughts, it effectively circumscribed the crime as it existed under the Common Law. During the thirteenth century, the crime of treason encompassed virtually every act contrary to the king’s will and became a political tool of the Crown. Building on the tradition begun by Edward III, the Founding Fathers carefully delineated the crime of treason in Article III of the U.S. Constitution,narrowly defining its elements and setting forth stringent evidentiary requirements.

Under Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them Aid and Comfort has committed treason within the meaning of the Constitution. The term aid and comfort refers to any act that manifests a betrayal of allegiance to the United States, such as furnishing enemies with arms, troops, transportation, shelter, or classified information. If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given.

The Treason Clause applies only to disloyal acts committed during times of war. Acts of dis-loyalty during peacetime are not considered treasonous under the Constitution. Nor do acts of Espionage committed on behalf of an ally constitute treason. For example, julius and ethel rosenberg were convicted of espionage, in 1951, for helping the Soviet Union steal atomic secrets from the United States during World War II. The Rosenbergs were not tried for treason because the United States and the Soviet Union were allies during World War II.

. ”Photo taken at the instant bullets from a French firing squad hit a Frenchman who collaborated with the Germans. This execution took place in Rennes, France.” Himes, November 21, 1944. 111-SC-196741.

Treason is an act of disloyalty or betrayal of trust to a person’s own government. Examples include assassination of a state figure, fighting against his or her own nation in a war, assisting enemy combatants, or passing vital government information to the enemy. Historically, this crime has been severely punished, because an act of treason can destroy a nation. In the modern day, a conviction is accompanied at a minimum by a long jail sentence and a heavy fine, and may merit the death penalty under certain circumstances.

A man claiming to be an American fighting for the Taliban was videotaped in Mazar-e-Sharif on Saturday.
There were conflicting news accounts of the man claiming to be an American.
In an interview posted on Newsweek magazine’s Web site Sunday night, his parents identified him from photos as John Philip Walker Lindh, 20, of Fairfax, Calif.
CNN reported that Walker, a convert to Islam, had suffered grenade and bullet wounds. Newsweek said Walker had identified himself as Abdul Hamid.
In the Newsweek interview, Marilyn Walker described her son as “sweet, shy kid” who had gone to Pakistan with an Islamic humanitarian group to help the poor. She said the reports of his capture were the first news she had received of her son’s whereabouts since he left a religious school in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, where he had been studying the Quran, seven months earlier.
“If he got involved in the Taliban, he must have been brainwashed,” Marilyn Walker, a home health care worker, said. “He was isolated. He didn’t know a soul in Pakistan. When you’re young and impressionable, it’s easy to be led by charismatic people.”
The mother said Walker was born in Washington, D.C., and his father was Frank Lindh, a lawyer. Lindh and Marilyn Walker are divorced.
Foreign militants — mostly Arabs and Pakistanis — have fought alongside the Taliban against the northern alliance, some of them members of the al-Qa’eda network of Saudi exile Osama bin Laden, the chief suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
The Taliban and foreign fighters who revolted at Qalai Janghi had been brought to the fortress after surrendering the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.

Traditionally, the families of traitors were punished along with the traitors themselves, to act as a deterrent to committing treason or participating in treasonous acts with family members. In addition to being sentenced to death, all of the traitor’s property would be confiscated, and his or her family members might be forced to forfeit property as well in punishment. Traitors could not will property to other family members, and individuals related to someone who had committed this crime faced serious social stigma. Many family members fled to other countries with what wealth they could salvage.
Often, the method of death imposed was also particularly macabre. Traitors were rarely simply hung — they could anticipate being drawn and quartered or tarred and feathered, and gibbeted as an object lesson. Gibbeting refers to the public display of a criminal, alive or dead, usually with a sign detailing his or her crimes. Individuals were hung along roadways and at the entries to towns, so that travelers would constantly be reminded of the punishments in store for serious crimes. Many gibbets were left until the body had decayed entirely, and the family of the criminal was not permitted to bury the deceased in holy ground.  MORE

Colleen Renee LaRose (Courtesy of San Angelo, Tex., Police Department)

JihadJane, an American woman, faces terrorism charges 

A petite, blond-haired, blue-eyed high school dropout who allegedly used the nickname JihadJane was identified Tuesday as an alleged terrorist intent on recruiting others to her cause, as federal prosecutors unsealed criminal charges that could send her to prison for life.

Colleen Renee LaRose, 46, has been quietly held in U.S. custody since October on suspicions that she provided material support to terrorists and traveled to Sweden to launch an attack, according to federal officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is continuing to unfold.
LaRose, who lived in suburban Philadelphia, allegedly recruited men and women in the United States, Europe and South Asia to “wage violent jihad,” according to an indictment issued in Pennsylvania. She fueled her interests on the Internet over the past few years and used Web sites such as YouTube to post increasingly agitated messages, the court papers said.  As an American citizen whose appearance and passport allowed her to blend into Western society,

The Iran-Contra Affair

 This is rather interesting and I am in no way defending Obama and his current actions, or throwing any past Presidents ‘under the bus’  or accusing them of Treason;  but this crap has been going on for YEARS.   I remember when the Iran hostage thing was going on, I was in elementary school.   I just look at the whole specturm of things and draw conclusions from that.  shera~

clip. . .The foreign-policy scandal known as the Iran-contra affair came to light in November 1986 when President Ronald Reagan confirmed reports that the United States had secretly sold arms to Iran. He stated that the goal was to improve relations with Iran, not to obtain release of U.S. hostages held in the Middle East by terrorists (although he later acknowledged that the arrangement had in fact turned into an arms-for-hostages swap). Outcry against dealings with a hostile Iran was widespread. Later in November, Attorney General. Edwin Meese discovered that some of the arms profits had been diverted to aid the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels at a time when Congress had prohibited such aid. An independent special prosecutor, former federal judge Lawrence E. Walsh, was appointed to probe the activities of persons involved in the arms sale or contra aid or both. . . . clip
clip. . . On December 24, 1992, President George H.W. Bush pardoned all the principals charged in the scandal. Walsh’s eventual report, released in 1994, criticized Presidents Reagan and Bush for their roles in events related to the scandal but did not charge either with criminal wrongdoing. . . . clip

The Question Of The Jews – Imam Khomeini

20 September 2010
Any criticism of Israel is automatically censored by Zionist accusations of anti-Semitism. Nowadays this has limited mileage, as even ordinary people question this and begin to realise its just a ruse to cover Israel’s crimes. So for example they refuse to believe that Richard Goldstone who headed the UN fact finding mission on Operation Cast Lead is an anti-Semite or that former US President Jimmy Carter who wrote the book ‘Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid’ is an anti-Semite. Unfortunately due to the prevalence of islamophobia in society and a general negative media portrayal of Islam and in particular ‘political Islam’ this clear-sightedness is lost when it comes to accusations against Muslims. So it is that the recent Al-Quds Day demonstration, and in particular the founder of Al-Quds Day – Imam Khomeini – are still marred by such baseless accusations. In an attempt to clear this myopia, here we ask the question: What was Imam Khomeini’s view on the Jews?

The Iran-Contra Affair

From the Jewish Virtual Library

According to the Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair issued in November 1987, the sale of U.S. arms to Iran through Israel began in the summer of 1985, after receiving the approval of President Reagan. The report shows that Israel’s involvement was stimulated by separate overtures in 1985 from Iranian arms merchant Manucher Ghorbanifar and National Security Council (NSC) consultant Michael Ledeen, the latter working for National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane. When Ledeen asked Prime Minister Shimon Peres for assistance, the Israeli leader agreed to sell weapons to Iran at America’s behest, providing the sale had high-level U.S. approval.

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