Thursday, June 23, 2005

Treason by any other name [Very Good Article]

By Hal Lindsey
Posted: June 23, 2005

During the entire course of World War II, only 12 Americans were indicted for treason. All but five were broadcasters charged with aiding the enemy by broadcasting anti-American propaganda.

One of those broadcasters was an American known as Tokyo Rose. Another, Mildred Gillars of Portland, Maine, was known as Axis Sally. At her trial, prosecutors charged that her broadcasts were propaganda aimed at convincing soldiers they were fighting for the wrong side.

The treason for which she was convicted was a play called "Vision of Invasion." It was designed to scare GIs into not participating in the Invasion of Normandy. For her efforts at destroying American morale, she was sentenced – after the war – to a term of 10 to 30 years in prison.

There is a new form of treason being perpetrated on America. It is advanced by American lawmakers, pundits and their supporters who agree that slander against U.S. forces and the U.S. homeland is an acceptable form of free speech. This is the cloak these enemies of America hide behind while aiding terrorists in time of war.

* A terrorist who calls for more American blood gets more press and air time than anyone who speaks on behalf of American security.

* Anyone who speaks out in support of our military or our nation is either marginalized as part of a "right-wing spin machine" or completely ignored.

* Any statement that promises to give our government a black eye is instantly beamed around the world. It doesn't matter if it is true. It doesn't matter if it is based on unsubstantiated rumors, forged documents or outright lies.

These new traitors have held America up to ridicule and debasement for such crimes as not respecting the Quran. Why should America respect the Quran? It may be the holy book of Islam, but it is also the philosophical handbook of our most deadly enemies.

America is being compared to the Nazis from the Senate floor for the crime of treating our enemies in detention better than we treat our Marine recruits in training.

The dictionary defines "sedition" as "speech or action promoting discontent or rebellion against a government." Title 18 of the U.S. Code Chapter 115 is titled, "Treason, Sedition and Subversive Activities." Title 18 defines "treason" as follows:

"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."

Isn't this exactly what Sen. Dick Durbin did? And he did it in time of war.

To recruit a new jihadist, al-Qaida need only convince him that America is an evil nation deserving of destruction. Today, an Islamic recruiter doesn't need to make stuff up about how evil America is, he just needs the transcript of a U.S. senator comparing his enemy to the most evil dictatorships in history to do it for him.

Sen. Dick Durbin's belated and half-hearted apology to our Armed Forces – damage control forced by enormous pressure from his colleagues – was too late and useless. The damage had already been done. Once any U.S. senator slanders American Armed Forces, it is immediately received as unquestioned truth by Islamic fundamentalists who are just looking for such "evidence" to recruit more "jihadists."

It is time that all Americans – Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives – realize that we are in a global war with Islamic fundamentalists who are determined to destroy America by all available means. Anyone aiding their cause should be brought up on charges of treason.