The Constitution of the United States. Article III, Section 3, states the following:
?Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.?
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, added after the Civil War elaborates further:
?No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.?
Those definitions are very straightforward. It?s hard to imagine that anyone could misunderstand them or their meaning.
After the war General Vo Nguyen Giap (Supreme Commander of the Forces of North Vietnam), wrote his memoirs. In them, he states that if it weren't for organizations like Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Hanoi would have surrendered to the U.S. In a Time/Life documentary ?The Ten Thousand Day War?, Giap again makes this point and gives credit for the Communist victory to the U.S. media and protestors like Jane Fonda and John Kerry. According to Giap, the North Vietnamese government played to our media and helped feed them the propaganda that was splashed across the news in the U.S. and around the world. Propaganda that not only broke down the morale of U.S. soldiers, but boosted the morale of the NVA.
That people is aid and comfort to the enemy. Pure and simple AID AND COMFORT!
As some recent articles and an ad by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth show, Anti-war statements by famous politicians, film stars, and media figures also were thrown in the faces of American P.O.W.s in order to break their will to resist.
After he was released from the Hanoi Hilton in 1973, Sen. McCain publicly complained that testimony by Kerry and others before J. William Fullbright's Senate Foreign Relations Committee was the most effective propaganda that the North Vietnamese had to use against P.O.W.s.
He wrote about it in the May 14, 1973 issue of U.S. News & World Report. "They used Senator Fullbright a great deal." "All through this period, bombarding us with anti-war quotes from people in high places back in Washington. This was the most effective propaganda they had to use against us." (Kerry was working closely with the Fulbright committee, telling the American public that U.S. soldiers were committing war crimes in Vietnam as a matter of course despite knowing otherwise).
Many P.O.W.?s first heard Kerry?s name from the lips of their Communist captors. Of course now Kerry has been forced to admit that he had not actually seen these ?atrocities? committed, and that most of the so-called ?vets? he brought with him to give public testimony before Congress and Senator Fulbright?s committee had never actually served in the military. He has even admitted that his testimony was "Over the top".
Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to defect from the Soviet bloc, was interviewed by the National Review on February 26, 2004. According to him: ?As a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe. KGB chairman Yuri Andropov managed our anti-Vietnam War operation. He often bragged about having damaged the U.S. foreign-policy consensus, poisoned domestic debate in the U.S., and built a credibility gap between America and European public opinion through our disinformation operations. Vietnam was, he once told me, ?our most significant success.??
Now Kerry's "supporters" (AKA apologizers) are doing it again. What these "Progressive Patriots" can't seem to grasp is that supporting the troops is more than lip service. It means actually supporting them, their mission, and their leadership--especially in public. If you disagree, keep it private. Or, at the very least, don?t broadcast it to the world so our enemies can re-print or re-broadcast it for their propaganda. Got a gripe? Write your congressman, the president, whoever. If they get enough letters of opposition, if the mission is unjust, if they think they will lose the next election by not bringing our troops home quickly enough, they?ll make it happen. In the meantime, the country needs to show the terrorists and Saddam hold outs that we are united against them.
Kerry doesn't seem to fit the definition of a patriot although like Benedict Arnold he does fit the definition of a traitor.
Something to think about:
?A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.? ? Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Orator - 106-43 B.C.
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