[private] I have been against the death penalty for practical reasons: it costs too much, it hasn’t been proven to deter, convicts that could be found innocent have no chance at justice if they are put to death. One instance I have always been supportive of death penalty in most threatening, egregious type of crimes, that of high treason. While death penalty isn’t a deterrent, calling traitors by name is a matter of principle.
Most societies have looked at people convicted of treason with special contempt. The English have allotted a specially punishment for its traitors: hanging, cutting of the head then cutting the body to pieces. In a country born in an armed struggle against its colonial master, high treason has been given a mention in Article 3 of the US constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
US from the outset of its journey in history was very sensitive to treason, as the nation felt vulnerable standing up to Great Britain and shedding its colonial obligations and subjugation to a king. Today however American society looks increasingly complicit at looking the other way when its citizens terrorize Americans and aid America’s enemies.
Treason is an act that endangers the lives and way of life of an entire society. Societies have to protect themselves from individuals that commit treason if they want to preserve their way of life.
Until now 13 American citizens have been convicted of treason. In World War I no American was persecuted for treason. In World War II there were several Americans that were tried for treason and incarcerated.
In the war of Islamists against United States there is currently only one person that is being looked for on charges of treason: Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a Jewish boy from Oregon turned Muslim and now an Al Quaida spokesman. Another American has a death order against him: head of Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula Anwar al-Awlaki from New Mexico. I believe there should be at least seven men charged with treason in the last 10 years.
While you can safely expect more American born Muslims and naturalized Muslims to betray the United States, don’t expect the US government to change its policy and charge more people with treason. While in post World War II it was politically correct to do so, it is not so now. Government insists that everything is normal: Fort Hood killings were a work of a madman, and Times Square bomber was just a lone madman.
The US government fosters the misguided and false idea that Muslim terrorism has its roots in poverty and lack of education. While most of the “traitors” had middle and higher education and all came from middle income families, for example Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, is a doctor; Al-Awlaki’s father was a Fulbright Scholar, and Al-Alwaki has a B.S. in Civil Engineering, David Headley’s father was a diplomat.
The government is perpetuating the false and dangerous perception that Muslims are really victims and potential victims that at all times need protection and special treatment.
Muslims in general see their loyalty to Islam paramount to a national identity. They see their ideology as superior and worth killing and dying for. While a growing number of Muslim American has decided that they will fight against their homeland and undermine American way of life, the US government made a decision it is unwilling to defend the American values. That is a recipe for disaster. [/private]