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US to Charge Adam Gadahn with Treason

It would be the first treason charge since World War II. From Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A California-born convert to Islam could become the first American accused of treason since World War Two after he appeared in al Qaeda videos, sources familiar with the man's case said on Wednesday.


They said U.S. prosecutors were strongly considering bringing the charges, which carry a maximum punishment of death, against Adam Gadahn, 28, who is believed to be overseas and is not in U.S. custody.

The charges could come as early as Wednesday.

The U.S. Justice Department last brought treason charges, during the World War Two era, the sources said.

[snip]

The FBI has sought to question him since May 2004.

Besides treason, prosecutors have prepared other criminal charges against Gadahn, the sources said. They declined to give specific details.

Allahpundit has CNN video of this announcement.

The reporters on CNN sound shocked that this is actually happening.

Update: This is interesting. According to Greg Tinti, Adam Gadahn has been working with Adnan Shukrijumah, al Qaeda's nuke specialist.


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Comments (21)

WELL, IT'S ABOUT GOD-DAMNED... (Below threshold)
Chuckg:

WELL, IT'S ABOUT GOD-DAMNED TIME.

I was livid that they didn't do it to John Walker Lindh. Ah well, better late than !@#%#!%@ never.

Now that we've broken the i... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Now that we've broken the ice on treason charges, can we finally get to the case of U.S. v. John F. Kerry?

And while we're at it, might as well throw in Dean, et al. Same thing.

Another enemy of the state ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Another enemy of the state on the loose - running free.

We need to kick the bums out of Washington, and start capturing these criminals for a change. The Republican'ts can't do it.

How long until Bush says, "... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

How long until Bush says, " I really don't think much about Gadahn any more"?

Finally, and as Mitchell po... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

Finally, and as Mitchell pointed out, John F'ing Kerry should be on the short list for Treason Charges along with Jane Fonda, Teddy Kennedy (D-Chivas), John Murtha, Ted Turner, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, and a host of other moonbats who have given aid and comfort to the enemy during a time of war.

The Republican'ts can't do ... (Below threshold)
yo:

The Republican'ts can't do it.

Posted by: Lee at October 11, 2006 01:58 PM


(you had to know this one was coming, Lee):

Could the democrats? I mean, not to be snarky; but, the track record of democrats capturing terrorists isn't spectacular, either, now is it?

the track record of demo... (Below threshold)
Mark:

the track record of democrats capturing terrorists isn't spectacular, either, now is it?

No, but the track record of democratic pardons to terrorists is there...

You guys really trivialize ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

You guys really trivialize the charge of treason, and do yourself no favors, when you so easy go from someone who likely actually committed real treason to yapping about Alec Baldwin.

"The reporters on CNN so... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"The reporters on CNN sound shocked that this is actually happening."

I haven't watched that video yet as I only have dial-up at my current location, but I will watch it when I get to a broadband connection later today. Still I couldn't help but wonder if it was fear and not shock that you heard.

I thought Alec Baldwin was ... (Below threshold)
Eggbert:

I thought Alec Baldwin was Canadian. Speaking of Canada - I was in Vancouver when Michael Moore's Bowling for Colombine was in theaters. The (Canadian) viewers scoffed at Moore's assertion that Canada is so safe that Torontonians don't commonly lock their doors. (not true, by the way -- Toronto friends were equally baffled by that assertion).

However, there was some interesting stuff in the movie about the closeness of the Bush family to the Saudi's. Granted, the ruling classes/families have always had a certain closeness with one another, so a certain familiarity is to be expected, but I can't help wondering how much our insatiable need for oil hamstrings our foreign policy options.

Cheney would have you believe the answer lies in Nazi-era "clean coal" technology. Truth is, we CAN scrub out more (although not anywhere close to ALL) of the pollutants from coal...and we've had the technology for decades. The power industry has managed to resist implementation of better techology with the argument that it will destroy society by burdening it with extra costs, dogs and cats living together, the apocalypse, etc.

Did this happen when we finally removed tetraethyl lead from gasoline in the 1970s?

We have the ability to derive a MUCH larger share of our power from renewables and the transition will eventually happen (fossil fuels, by definition, are finite). I just wish it would happen sooner rather than later, if not for the environment then for finally untying our hands in foreign policy.

Imagine North America and Western Europe telling Iran to go to hell because we no longer need their oil? Want to bring that regime down? Stop funding it.

Brian said:You ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Brian said:

You guys really trivialize the charge of treason, and do yourself no favors, when you so easy go from someone who likely actually committed real treason to yapping about Alec Baldwin.

Kind of like they way you guys trivialize the sexual escapades of politicians...

Probably tonight Olbermann ... (Below threshold)
eddiebear:

Probably tonight Olbermann will launch into a "Special Comment" where he claims this is just another Rovian plot to stifle "patriotic dissent".

He'll also claim this is all an election time ploy, as he has done in the past.

Good. Shoot the sorry fuck ... (Below threshold)
mojo:

Good. Shoot the sorry fuck on sight.

When is the New York Times ... (Below threshold)
914:

When is the New York Times going to be charged with treason!

The Democrat Party is li... (Below threshold)
RobLACa.:

The Democrat Party is living breathing Treason. Lee and Barney are accesories to their party's Treason. Just spank them like the cry babies that they are and sentence them to years of continued ass cleaning of their now imprisoned felony leaders.

I hear you're making a list... (Below threshold)
Robert:

I hear you're making a list of those who should be charged with treason.

Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney

Too bad one can't be charge... (Below threshold)
George:

Too bad one can't be charged with BDS. Here are some candidates:
Robert
Robert
Robert
Robert

The NYTimes is not guilty o... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

The NYTimes is not guilty of treason. It is guilty of SEDITION. The sorry bastard who leaked the classified info to them is guilty of treason.....

And why is it so easy for m... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

And why is it so easy for many Americans to accuse the left of treason? Is it because their talking points sound so much like our mortal enemies?

"And why is it so easy f... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"And why is it so easy for many Americans to accuse the left of treason? Is it because their talking points sound so much like our mortal enemies?"

Is it so easy for conservative lunatics to accuse the left of treason because their lying?

Kind of like they way yo... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Kind of like they way you guys trivialize the sexual escapades of politicians...

You just prove my point. Treason is a serious crime. Sexual escapades aren't.




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