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PEACE: Foreign Policy & Terrorism | 2002


An Unpublished Letter to Los Angeles Times 

I would rather that a murderer be released from prison than a traitor go unpunished: As our armed forces prove with their sacrifices, freedom is more precious than life itself.

So that treason would no longer be used as a purely political charge, the Founders of our nation gave us this in Article III, Section 3 of our Constitution: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

[In my opinion,] Even by that narrowest of definitions, Mr. John Walker Lindh has committed treason.

Can he be convicted? The Constitution continues: "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." Perhaps Mr. Lindh would be man enough to confess in open court what he has proclaimed in the media, that he fully supports the terrorist actions taken against our country by the forces with whom he fought.

Need he be executed? Not necessarily; and personally, I hope not -- there's been enough bloodshed. The most important thing, however, is not to set a disastrous precedent by allowing treason to go unrecognized.

And when taking into account such "mitigating factors" as Mr. Lindh's youth, consider that Captain Nathan Hale was just one year older when he uttered his last words: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

God bless our patriots. God have mercy on our traitors.

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