TREASON DEFINED: (Wikipedia excerpt)
To avoid the abuses of the English law (including executions by Henry VIII of those who criticized his repeated marriages), treason was specifically defined in the United States Constitution, the only crime so defined. Article III Section 3 delineates treason as follows:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. 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.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
[To further clarify, this from: http://legaldictionary.thefreedictionary.com/treason ]
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.
Under Article III a person can levy war against the United States without the use of arms, weapons, or military equipment. Persons who play only a peripheral role in a conspiracy to levy war are still considered traitors under the Constitution if an armed rebellion against the United States results. After the U.S. Civil War, for example, all Confederate soldiers were vulnerable to charges of treason, regardless of their role in the secession or insurrection of the Southern states. No treason charges were filed against these soldiers, however, because President Andrew Johnson issued a universal Amnesty.
The crime of treason requires a traitorous intent. If a person unwittingly or unintentionally gives aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States during wartime, treason has not occurred. Similarly, a person who pursues a course of action that is intended to benefit the United States but mistakenly helps an enemy is not guilty of treason. Inadvertent disloyalty is never punishable as treason, no matter how much damage the United States suffers.
Continued from wikipedia:
However, Congress has, at times, passed statutes creating related offenses that undermine the government or the national security, such as sedition in the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts, or espionage and sedition in the 1917 Espionage Act, which do not require the testimony of two witnesses and have a much broader definition than Article Three treason. For example, some well-known spies have been convicted of espionage rather than treason.
The Constitution does not itself create the offense; it only restricts the definition (the first paragraph), permits Congress to create the offense, and restricts any punishment for treason to only the convicted (the second paragraph). The crime is prohibited by legislation passed by Congress. Therefore the United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states “whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” The requirement of testimony of two witnesses was inherited from the British Treason Act 1695
Considering today’s America:
THANKS TO Cry and Howl, from his post http://cryandhowl.com/2012/03/15/barack-obama-and-the-2012-election/
Obama’s Justice Department of which actions he is ultimately responsible for, has facilitated the murder of hundreds of innocent people and the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent though his and Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious gun running program.
Obama’s Justice Department sues states that enforce immigration laws when he illegally refuses to enforce existing federal laws. [ Did I miss something, or don't these qualify under Article III, Section 3 ? "X"]
He isn’t eligible to be president and this is coming back to haunt him.
Most people don’t want to be arrested and detained indefinitely at the whim of Barack Obama and his band of thugs.
Obama’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.
President Obama’s national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.
He has increased the national debt more than all other presidents up to Reagan … combined.
Barack Obama has committed numerous impeachable offenses (if he was legally president).
WAKE UP IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE:
A vote for another 4 years of a fraud squatting in the White House
A vote for more people like Eric Holder, Nancy Pelosi, Janet Napolotino, etc
A vote for higher crime
A vote for less individual sovereignty
A vote for less American pride
A vote for the destruction of the United States
A vote for the destruction of the American way of life
A vote for making America like any other nation
A vote for more senseless gun control
A vote for elimination of the middle class
A vote for population control
A vote for “after-birth” abortion …
A vote for more government control
A vote for more fraud
A vote for Sharia Law
A vote for more scandals like Fast and Furious
A vote for more innocents murdered
A vote for more disease
A vote for more poverty
A vote for blacks being more dependent on the government
A vote to keep poor people poor
A vote for higher taxes
A vote for a weaker military
A vote for less home ownership
A vote for more government regulations
A vote for more apologies to the enemies of America
A vote for more illegal immigration
A vote for socialized medicine
A vote for higher gas and energy prices
A vote for higher unemployment
A vote for less religious freedom for Christians
A vote for less freedom of speech
A vote for more national debt
A vote for higher deficit spending
A vote for dumbing down of our educational system
A vote for public support of unions
A vote for more racism
A vote for more tax payer paid vacations for Michelle
A vote for more fraud in the media
A vote for worse teachers
A vote for lousy doctors
A vote for more law enforcement corruption
A vote for more pornography
A vote for immorality
A vote for homosexuals teaching homosexuality to our kids
A vote for a weaker national defense
A vote for more uncertainty
A vote for the demise of our children’s future
A vote to surrender the sovereignty of the United States to the “global community”
A vote for the global citizen
A vote for more fraud such as the Osama Bin Laden murder
A vote for less state sovereignty
A vote for another 4 years of an arrogant s.o.b. and his wife squatting in the White House, living and vacationing off the tax payers …
I just found this, so I add it as well. I don’t agree with all of the statements, but he is on target.
Crucifixion: Our Dying Constitution
Published by Fred Soto• February 12th, 2008 RSS News Feed
the American spirit is dead thanks to disgraceful congressional leadership
I can fairly say now, that I’ve never been more ashamed to be an American. In addition to being subject to the leadership of the worst presidential administration in American history, the Senate just voted to grant immunity to telecommunications companies that were complicit in illegal surveillance activity against Americans. Of course, because this criminal activity occurred over the tenure of the Bush Administration, Congress will gladly give them a pass because they were acting based on a sense of “patriotic duty”.
In his closing speech on the Senate floor, Chris Dodd brought up September 28, 2007, what he calls the darkest day in the Congressional chamber. If the date doesn’t ring a bell, it was the day that the not-so-honorable Senators voted to deny Habeas Corpus and allow torture to take place at the hands of our agents. Senator Dodd argued that today, February 12, 2008, is a close second, as the action taken today further serves to deny the constitutional safeguards that our founders intended to protect our citizens.
What Chris Dodd’s entire argument revolved around was simply allowing lawsuits to go forward and be decided by the appropriate branch, the judiciary. President Bush insisted that he would veto any FISA legislation that didn’t include telecommunications immunity for his top secret surveillance activity. Instead, what the legislature is doing is denying Americans the right to know what is going on in our government. Today, government secrecy emerged victorious.
America’s Shame and why I’m proud to be “un-American”
Americans no longer have an understanding of what it means to be free, we’ve become so accustomed to big brother’s hand that torture, spying without warrants, and engaging in illegal wars of aggression are to be expected. Many of the candidates running for president campaigned hard on these issues, insisting that we would “remain on offense” in the propaganda-ridden war on terror. What Americans need now is a miracle, we need a hero or group of heroes to stand up in our legislature and fight for them. We don’t need more government parenting and rules that cater to corporations and fear.
Terrorism should be a tool that only the enemy is allowed to use. Illegal government activity should not be tolerated in its current form. Soon, we will lose a part of ourselves, the American spirit will die. This country is no longer FDR’s America, it isn’t JFK’s or Reagan’s America. It most definitely is not Bill Clinton’s America, yet his wife was curiously absent from the Senate floor on this most important matter. Unless our voters and elected officials stand up and fight for freedom, we’re going to lose this fight for our country. If you feel even a modicum of pride and love left for this nation that people the world over once admired, equip yourself with knowledge and do your part so that our country won’t slip away into the dark abyss of fascism.
I’m afraid we’re already there, but there may be hope and that hope begins with you.
Jim Kirwan 6-28-9
During World War II the crime of Treason in a time of war, was a hanging offence. As most Americans might remember, as Cheney Bush & Rumsfeld told us daily during their collective reign at the helm, that “this nation is at war!” Or “In this time of war, sacrifices must be made.” Okay, so what is the penalty for traitors that commit treason in this “Time of War”? What about those who collaborate with traitors that are committing acts of treason in the current “time of war”?
It’s a serious question, but those who would have been charged with investigating these actions [congress] are themselves part of the treasonable collaboration, with those particular figureheads that did indeed commit treason, thousands of times, in this time of war: So where does that leave us now?
Who shall be held to answer for all the maimed, the displaced, and the dead on all sides of these totally criminal wars over the last eight years that have in fact had no national or international justification whatsoever? How will we ever explain our actions to our children, provided of course that we survive these Wars of the New Millennium long enough for our children to reach the age where they can question anything at all?
What about those that have been guilty of war-profiteering, in this “time of war”? George Bush’s grand-daddy; Prescott Bush was found guilty of trading with the enemy, and funding the Nazi War Machine during WWII-yet while Prescott was charged and found guilty he did not go to jail-is this how we are going to allow this current crop of New Millennium War Criminals to be treated, or will we ever be able to hold anyone, to any accountability, for anything at all-ever? (1)
Our cities are beginning to resemble the back-lot-sets of low-budget films; and the strays from the herd that wander through what’s left of our streets, begin to look more and more like extras from a Fellini production of something called “No Way Out”! As the days grow shorter the cast of characters behaves with ever more abandon on the one hand, and yet so many remain totally disconnected from the hard-bitten truths that have