Americans Want Treason Charges For 47There are times when the word “traitor” is thrown around lightly. This is notone of those times. And while their actions may meet the legal definition of
‘sedition’ more than ‘treason,’ Republicans have consistently been trying to
usurp President Obama’s authority by derailing negotiations with Iran. Though
their invitation to Netanyahu
doesn’t equate to treason, their directly contacting Iran’s leaders to stop the
peace process violates federal law. And Americans aren’t taking it any longer.
Republicans Threaten IranWhen Republicans invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak
to Congress, without even consulting the White House, it became obvious that
they were trying to override the President’s authority. Netanyahu and the
Republicans’ main goal in doing this was to hinder the negotiations process
with Iran, which could prevent an all out war that would engulf the entirety of
the Middle East.
The move was undoubtedly shady, but it wasn’t all that surprising. The real
kicker happened when, as we reported,
47 Republicans in the Senate wrote a threatening letter to the leaders of Iran
informing them that any deal reached with the President would be null and void
if a Republican were ever to enter the White House. Also very disturbing is the
fact that Tom Cotton, the freshman Republican senator from Arkansas who
organized the letter announced he will be attending a major gathering of lobbyists
for weapons contractors on Tuesday, where he will speak off
the record. Pissed off yet? You and millions of others.
Violation of the Logan ActEven the most staunch Republican cannot deny that directly contacting Iran,in an effort to derail the President’s authority, is downright shady and
unethical. Unfortunately for those 47 Republicans in Congress, it’s also a
in 1799 and last amended in 1994, which prevents unauthorized citizens from
communicating with foreign governments for a variety of reasons. The text of
the law is as follows:
he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly
commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign
government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the
measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent
thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States,
or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title
or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the
agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such
government or any of its agents or subjects.”
federal law in an effort to usurp President Obama’s authority. They were in no
way authorized to communicate with the leaders of Iran. Punishment under this
law is a maximum of three years in prison.
created on the White House website to file charges against the 47 Senators who
violated the law. As of this writing, hundreds of signatures were being added
every few minutes.
that, when a petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the White House has to issue
a response. The Republicans have undoubtedly overstepped their authority and
attacked the integrity of the entirety of our country, and it’s time that they
were held accountable. Note: There appears to be a glitch on the White
House petition page which has frozen the number of signatures. Rest assured
that the tally is much higher than it is showing.
Such a serious matter needs
comprehensive action against the Speaker, Senate Majority Leader and the Leader
of the House of the congress for failing to maintain the prestige, dignity and
committal of violation of law to maintain the congressional Representatives
within the bounds of the Job description of Congressional representatives.
Therefore, the 47 congressional
representatives committed treason with the nation by corresponding with a
foreign country in violation of all norms and customs of international
diplomatic law. In addition, at the same
time they showed disrespect to the President of the own country. This time lip
service would not do. The entire
American citizens demands to see practical implementation of the law in full
force against the defaulters.