The last treason case tried in the U.S. was that of Hans Max Haupt in 1947. Hans was a naturalized citizen originally from Germany. He was tried for aiding and abetting his son who was a German spy. Hans Max was sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
The son, Herbert Hans Haupt, had been recruited by the Germans to serve as a saboteur. He and has colleagues were to blow up U.S. factories that supplied the war effort, a mission known as Operation Pastorius. There were 7 "U-boat Raiders” in total.
Hans Haupt the younger was tried and convicted of treason by military tribunal and executed in the Electric chair along with 4 of the other 6 conspirators on August 8, 1942 in the District of Columbia. It was the largest mass execution by electrocution ever conducted. The other 2 were given lesser sentences and deported.
We are now preparing to try another American, Adam Yedihe Gadahn, for appearing in Al Qaeda propaganda videos, including one in which he declared, "America's streets will run red with blood." He isn’t in custody and the timing of this is rather interesting, right before an election. You mean they don’t have another Al Qaeda number 2 to trot out for us? What a bummer.
I don’t think this Administration should be so quick to start using treason trials. That photo might come back to haunt them.
Article III Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
Article II, Section 4
The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
By turning Iraq in to the new Al Qaeda base as well as by threatening the stability of the region, this Administration as aided the enemy. By violating international treaties, such as the Geneva Conventions and the U.N Charter, and by abrogating the U.S. Constitution on multiple fronts, this Administration has proven its hostility to the rules and laws of the United States of America and its people. They have violated their oaths of office and appointment by failing to uphold the Constitution.
Again I say, impeachment first, treason next.