- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 19, 2004

When did the right to freedom of speech trump the crime of treason? According to Section 3 of the Constitution, treason against the United States shall consist in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

Certainly a case can be made against those who work in the media and deliberately undermine the current Republican administration’s war on terror while purposely pushing their own agenda. Although I think Dennis Pluchinsky in his article in The Washington Post, “They heard it all here, and that’s the trouble,” makes a very good case about how the media aid terrorists, he stops short when he says it is not deliberate but due to a lack of common sense. I don’t agree. It is common knowledge most mainstream media lean left and therefore slant their reporting to benefit liberal politicians.

I’m not suggesting we don’t have the right to dissent during political debate or shouldn’t be allowed to gather and talk politics. In no way do I say people have no right to their opinion. That would destroy essence of freedom in our country.

I am talking about hampering the national defense. We are truly in a war on terrorism. Yet a Fifth column, at the very least, slanders our leaders. (I begin to understand the titles of Ann Coulter’s books; “Slander,” “Treason”).

Mr. Pluchinsky writes: “Imagine that you are a supporter or sympathizer of a terrorist group and you have been tasked to identify and collect tactical information on potential U.S. targets. Consider some of the following headlines that have appeared since September 11, 2001: “Private plane charters: One way around air security,” “Suicidal nuclear threat is seen at weapons plants,” “Priority required for protecting utilities,” “NRC warns of missing radioactive materials,” “Freight transport: Safe from terror?” “Chemical plants are feared as targets,” “America’s roads may be just as vulnerable as its skies,” “Study assesses risk of attack on chemical plants,” “Terror risk cited for cargo carried on passenger jets: 2 reports list security gaps,” and “Truck terrorism possible, U.S. says: Investigation finds lack of licensing safeguards.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the media give terrorist groups access to the insights and wisdom of the experts cited in the above articles. I completely concur with Mr. Pluchinsky’s suggestion these types of articles should be “filtered through a government agency.” During war, this shouldn’t be called censorship. It should be called cooperation in the war effort, as the government enjoyed in World War II.

The media continue to spin to the public that we are losing the war. This is helping convince the mainstream that by going to Iraq we became enveloped in a quagmire, which in turn, undermines public confidence and support for our efforts and our current president. The media promote their agenda and that of the terrorists to encourage the election of the “Not Bush” candidate while putting our country at greater risk for the success of terrorism.

Treason has become so acceptable the Democratic candidate for president may be said to have committed it back in 1970 when he conducted a meeting with North Vietnamese communists. Laws forbid private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers. (Isn’t that one of the reasons we got rid of the Articles of Confederation and adopted the U.S. Constitution? It ensured specified powers for each branch of the government as well as federal and state powers.)

Mr. Kerry gave a press conference advocating the North Vietnamese peace plan in which The U.S. “would have had to pay reparations and agree that we essentially lost the war.” He became a spokesman for the Communist Party.

According to Joe Mariani, Ted Kennedy has undermined “the credibility of the commander in chief by accusing him of manufacturing the case for war in Iraq.” If Mr. Bush caved in to the Kennedy demand to fire Donald Rumsfeld, in the midst of a war, it would disrupt our military efforts.

Mr. Kennedy has damaged our troops’ morale by comparing them to Saddam Hussein’s torture squads. “For the successful prosecution of the fight against terrorism, our enemies must see that while we may argue amongst ourselves, we are united against them. For the good of the country, Sen. Kennedy must step down from the Senate.”

The Framers of our Constitution wrote the law against treason to safeguard our government against attack from the inside. We have a unique set of laws that guarantee us the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are at war against those who would take away our sovereignty.

A case can and should be made that the mainstream media, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy have aided and abetted our enemies all in the name of political free speech. Members of Congress can declare the punishment. What say they?

NANCY SALVATO

Nancy Salvato is an educator and an independent contractor for Prism Educational Consulting. She is the educational liaison for Illlinois State Sen. Ray Soden, a Republican, and works with national and local organizations on civic education.

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