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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009 5B Is it time to revive prosecution of the crime of treason. espionage, not treason, made military components, out. After trying unsuccess- States but, surprisingly, was The reason for the dearth In 1941, Herbert made his fully to return to the United not charged with treason. He of treason prosecutions mayway to Germany where he re- States, D'Aquino took a job was instead charged with be less an absence of enamies ceived sabotage training. In with a broadcasting company several other crimes and within than the nature of the 1942, Herbert was secretlyand eventually became a eventually entered into a plea offense itself, and how thereturned to the United States broadcaster, deal that netted him a prison courts have interpreted it.to resume his work for theShe ultimately participated sentence of 20 years. LEGAL MUSINGS The word "treason" has optical company and feed in approximately 340 propa- But why no treason ........... S-$-EvE"i3RE-NNE-M-Ai ............ many definitions, from information to the Germans. ganda broadcasts meant to charge? Can there be a steve@schoolpathways.com something as simple ag the However, he was arrested 10 demoralize American forcesclearer case of someone be- betrayal of a trust to some- days later, and was one of several traying his own country? thing as specific as attempt- In the interim, Herbert women given the name What can be a greater trea- In October 2006, a federal ing to kill or injure a received assistance from his "Tokyo Rose." son than actually taking up grand jury in California monarch, father, who gave Herbert aAfter the war, D'Aqumo arms against one's country? indicted Adam Gadahn, a In this country, the crime place to live and helped him was charged and convicted of The answer may lie in the United States citizen and of treason is the only one ac- buy an automobile, treason, fact that the courts appear al Qaeda sympathizer, for tually defined in the Consti- , Both father and son were Fast forward to November to interpret the treason pro- treason. What is significant tution. Article III, section 3 charged with treason. At 2001. Northern Alliance vision in the United States about the case is not so much states: "Treason against" the trial, Hans argued he was forces in Afghanistan cap-Constitution as applying only the crirfle alleged, but the fact United States shall consistonly helping his son, as any tured John Walker Lindh, the where an actual state of war this was the first such indict- only in levying war againstfather would do, and not try- so-called American Taliban. exists. In other words, one ment in the post-World War them, or in adhering to their ing to hurt the United States. Born in Washington, D.C., may be guilty of giving aid II era. enemies, giving them aid and The jury was having none of Lindh later moved with hisand comfort to an enemy only One might reasonably ask comfort. No person shall bethat. family to California. if that enemy is at war with why. Surely during the Cold convicted of treason unlessDuring trial, the prosecu-Lindh converted to Islam the United States. War there were those within on the testimony of two wit- tion presented evidence that in 1997 and traveled to the Personally, I find this a bit this country who sought the nesses to the same overt act, Hans had said he planned to Middle East several years perverse. During the Cold ultimate triumph of commu- or on confession in open return to Germany after its later, where he received War, was there any doubt the nism over capitalism and court." Conviction for trea- triumph over the Allies and training and later fought Soviet Union and the United worked toward that end. son can result in the deathwould kill his son rather alongside the Taliban. He States were enemies trying to not arrived with adequate The case of Julius and penalty, than let him fight againstremained in Afghanistan undermine each other at references from trusted mili- Ethel Rosenberg comes to Hans Max Haupt was born Germany. after 9/11 and after the every turn? Shouldn't anyone tants. (I wonder if they also 1 Ikuko Toguri D'Aquino United States joined the who aided the Soviets during require at least a high school mind. The Rosenbergs were m Germany and became a executed in 1953 for passing naturalized citizen of the wa born and educated in the Northern Alliance against atomic bomb secrets to the United States. His German- United States, but was in the Taliban. Soviets. However, the Rosen- born son Herbert worked forJapan studying medicine After Lindh's capture, he bergs were charged with an optical company that when World War II broke was returned to the United service laun Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Dec. 17, that the USDA Forest Service xs beginning an open, collabo- rative process to create and implement a modern plan- ning rule to address current and future needs of the Na- tional Forest System, includ- ing restoring forests, protect- ing watersheds, addressing climate change, sustaining local economies, improving collaboration, and working across landscapes. The Forest Service pub- lished a notice of intent in the Federal Register Dec. 18, to prepare an environmental :impact statement to develop a -new planning xu,te,that will provide a framework for management of national forests and grasslands. "Our national forests and grasslands are great natural treasures that we must conserve and restore for the benefit .of future genera- tions," said Vilsack. "Devel- oping a new planning rule provides the opportunity to manage national forests and grasslands for the benefit of water resources, the climate and local communities." The Forest Service is seek- ing public involvement in developing a new direction for local land managers. A 60- day comment period on the notice of intent began upon. publication in the Federal Register Friday, Dec. 18. Comments will be used to shape the focus of the collabo- rative dialogue and creation of a proposed rule. To begin the conversation, FREE ESTIMATES Free Advice HEW HOMES GARAGES CARPORTS REMODELS COMMERCIAL BLDGS. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 To send a legal: typesetting@ plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com (plumaspub@aol.com is NO LONGER IN USE so update your address book) t,he Forest Service has included in the notice of intent a set of potential principles that could guide development of a new plan- ning rule. The potential prin- ciples include an emphasis on .restoration, conservation and the improved resilience of ecosystems; watershed health; climate change re- sponse; species diversity and wildlife habitat; sustainable National Forest System lands; proactive collabora- tion and working across landscapes. The Forest Service will use new state-of-the-art media tools in conjunction with face-to-face interaction:t, cr fa- cilitate wide public participa- tion throughout the nation. Visit fs.usda.gov/planning rule to participate in the web- based planning rule blog, and to learn more. The 2000 planning rule, which allows the Forest Service to use provisions of the 1982 planning rule, is cur- rently the rule that is legally in effect. As an interim measure, the deparlnaent will republish in the Federal Register the 2000 plan-. ning rule as amended td make it available to the public in the Code of Federal Regulations. The action will facilitate its on c;lasses, epeoial evente, Training, Day Care Knowe Doge Your original propaganda films, under the moniker Azzam the Ameri- can. In 2006, he denounced the United States' military presence in Iraq and the killings and rapes allegedly committed by American soldiers. What may be different about the case of Adam Gadahn is that by 2006, this country was more willing to accept the fact we were at war with al Qaeda and per- haps radical Islam in general. Consequently, any aid or comfort given to al Qaeda might more readily be viewed as treason. Whata radical concept! The case against Adam Gadahn may-be relatively clear; but what of the five American Muslim men re- cently captured in Pakistan after trying to obtain train- ] ing at an al Qaeda camp? As it happens, the men were turned away because they had process use by forests and grasslands needs of present and future in the National Forest Sys- generations: The agency tern to revise and amend manages the 193 million plans while a new rule is acres of National Forest being developed. System land, provides stew- The mission of the Forest ardship assistance to non- Service is to sustain the federal forest landowners health, diversity and produc- and maintains the largest tivity of the nation's forests forestry research organiza- and grasslands to meet the tion inthe world. this period be considered a diploma and two years of traitor? relevant job experience?J Furthermore, in the case of So how far must one go in John Walker Lindh, there providing aid and comfort to was significant evidence he the enemy to commit treason? had in fact aligned himself The Constitution refers to with al Qaeda, which for its two witnesses to the same part has declared war on the "overt act." Is an attempt to United States, along with the get training on how to blow rest of the West. up infidels a sufficient overt Well, be that as it may, act? what of the case of Adam At the very least, the men Gadahn? Born in the United are guilty of attempted trea- States, Gadahn began study- son. 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