Monday, December 12, 2016

Airhead Milano

Isn't that treason?

No, Alyssa, it isn't.

Criticizing the CIA isn't treason.

Poor Alyssa, she can't push around facts the way she did Shannen Doherty.

Translation, she can't stomp her  feet, have a hissy fit, and get facts fired.

What is treason?

Let's keep it simple for simple-minded Alyssa and go to CRAPAPEDIA:

United States[edit]

In the 1790s, opposition political parties were new and not fully accepted. Government leaders often considered their opponents to be some sort of traitors. Historian Ron Chernow reports that Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and President George Washington "regarded much of the criticism fired at their administration as disloyal, even treasonous, in nature."[28] When an undeclared Quasi-War broke out with France in 1797-98, "Hamilton increasingly mistook dissent for treason and engaged in hyperbole." Furthermore, the Jeffersonian opposition party behaved the same way.[29] After 1801, with a peaceful transition in the political party in power, the rhetoric of "treason" against political opponents diminished.[30][31] Vermont is the only U.S. state to have abolished capital punishment for all crimes except treason.


To avoid the abuses of the English law, treason was specifically defined in the United States Constitution, the only crime so defined. Article III, section 3 reads as follows:
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.
However, Congress has passed laws creating related offenses that punish conduct that undermines the government or the national security, such as sedition in the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts, or espionage and sedition in the 1917 Espionage Act, which do not require the testimony of two witnesses and have a much broader definition than Article Three treason. Some of these laws are still in effect. Some well-known spies have been convicted of espionage rather than treason.
The Constitution does not itself create the offense; it only restricts the definition (the first paragraph), permits Congress to create the offense, and restricts any punishment for treason to only the convicted (the second paragraph). The crime is prohibited by legislation passed by Congress. Therefore, the United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states "whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." The requirement of testimony of two witnesses was inherited from the British Treason Act 1695.

Here's treason for you Alyssa: "the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government."

Get it?

If not, we guess Marcia called it a month ago: "I guess you don't learn a great deal when you go to school on the sets of WHO'S THE BOSS and TEEN STEAM."

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