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October 11, 2006

First Treason Indictment in 50 Years

By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A California-born convert to Islam, accused of making a series of al Qaeda propaganda videos, became on Wednesday the first American charged with treason since the World War Two era, U.S. Justice Department officials said. ...

Fugitive Adam Gadahn, 28, who is believed to be in Pakistan, was accused of treason, which carries a maximum punishment of death. ...According to the charges, Gadahn appeared in five videos broadcast between October 2004 and September 11, 2006, giving al Qaeda "aid and comfort ... with the intent to betray the United States."....

"By making this choice, we believe Gadahn committed treason -- perhaps the most serious offense for which any person can be tried under our Constitution," [the Justice Spokesman] said, [acknowledging] that Gadahn appeared to be involved only in propaganda for the Islamic militant group, not in planning any attacks.

The briefing room was quite for a minute. 

The first question, from the Associated Press, was "Let me get this straight.  The most serious offense a person can commit under the Constitution, one worthy of the energy of multiple DOJ employees, the worst thing any American has done to betray his country since 1956 is .... to make a video?"

"A Propaganda video," reminded the spokesman. 

Another minute of embarassed silence followed.  "Did he beheaed somebody in the video?," asked the Los Angeles Tribune.


"Did he deliver weapons, supplies, or money to Al-Qaeda?"

"No.  They even supplied the camera and the tape."

"And this guy is an emotionally confused former goat rancher from Southern California?"


"Worst crime possible?"


(reporters huddle, then break)

"We were wondering, sir, if you could use the word "worst" in a sentence, just to make sure you know what it means?"

"Ceratinly.  This is the worst, most embarassing thing I've ever had to announce."


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