posted on Jul, 5 2008 @ 12:26 AM
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
No, the US can't call just anything a treasonous act. Sedition, on the other hand, is a sticky wicket.
Just as an example, I would be within my rights if I said "I think the US government is just too damn corrupt and rotten to ever self-correct. Thomas
Jefferson was right, and there should be a revolution of the people that throws all the bums out and some of them into prison."
I could not legally say, "I think we should organize an armed insurrection and overthrow the US government. Want to help me?"
In the first example, I am just expressing an opinion, which I do not actually hold. In the second example, I am trying to influence others and
conspire to actually overthrow the government.
It's a fine line, really. But there is a line, nonetheless.
There is a law that Bush Sr. passed that does not pass my smell test, however. If you are a vigilant American, and perhaps an armchair conspiracy
theorist, and you manage to put an accurate information product together from publicly available sources that reveals a covert operation or a covert
operative, and you share it, then you can be charged with treason. Not chastened, hushed, or congratulated for being vigilant and clever - but charged
with a capital offense. If the endeavor was malicious and set out to hurt America, I could understand it. But what if the guy is just trying to be a
good American and spots something out of place?
[edit on 5-7-2008 by applebiter]