Friday, April 11, 2003

 
Nation at War: The Tired Argument

If you have been at all vocal about the war in Iraq, or you have been reading/watching people who are, you would have at one time heard this little phrase:

“What they are doing is treason…blah blah blah”

I just want to set the record straight on this. I promise I won’t use the 1st amendment argument once.

According to the U.S. Sedition Act of 1918

SECTION 3. Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States, or to promote the success of its enemies, or shall willfully make or convey false reports, or false statements, . . . or incite insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or shall willfully obstruct . . . the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, or . . . shall willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the Constitution of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States . . . or shall willfully display the flag of any foreign enemy, or shall willfully . . . urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of production . . . or advocate, teach, defend, or suggest the doing of any of the acts or things in this section enumerated and whoever shall by word or act support or favor the cause of any country with which the United States is at war or by word or act oppose the cause of the United States therein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both....

This is nice and all, but the United States has not been “Officially” at war since World War II. “unofficially” we’ve been at war with someone or something ever since.

Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq again, War on poverty, War on Drugs, War on Terror, War on Hunger….

Those are all War Powers acts, not declared wars by the congress of the United States.

Thank you. Have a great day.



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