Michael LeMieux - TreasonPage
Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution states:“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying Waragainst them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid andComfort.”
Let’s dissect this statement. What does it mean by “levying War?” According to Bouvier’sLaw Dictionary it means:“The assembling of a body of men for the purpose of effecting by force atreasonable object; and all who perform any part however minute, orhowever remote from the scene of action, and who are leagued in thegeneral conspiracy, are considered as engaged in levying war, within themeaning of the constitution.”
At first glance one might understand this to mean gathering troops to change agovernment by force. But it also speaks of those who would be “leagued in the generalconspiracy” who are also engaged in levying war.In past wars men and women have been found guilty of treason by conspiring with theenemy by providing intelligence, safe houses, and other “aid and comfort.” If a memberof our own government was to actively work to install the ideology of an enemy, wouldthat be considered Treason?
How about the lesser charge of “adhering to their Enemies?” Again in Bouvier’s it states:“ADHERING. Cleaving to, or joining; as, adhering to the enemies of theUnited States… If war be actually levied, that is, a body of men be actually assembled for the purpose of effecting by force a treasonable enterprise, allthose who perform any part, however minute, or however remote from thescene of action, and who are leagued in the general conspiracy are to beconsidered as traitors.”
Bouvier’s Law Dictionary also states that“War is not only an act, but a state or condition, for nations are said to beat war not only when their armies are engaged, so as to be in the very act of contention, but also when, they have any matter of controversy or disputesubsisting between them which they are determined to decide by the use of force, and have declared publicly, or by their acts, their determination soto decide it.”
What about our war against terrorism? We say we are at war but there has been nodeclaration of such; and yet, because we are in the condition of war, anyone siding withthe enemy is considered treasonous.In a lecture on the origins of the cold warwe find the following statement: