Treason was defined in the U.S. Constitution as

consist[ing] only in levying War against them [the United States], 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.

In 1948, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson stated that treason was “very narrowly defined in the U.S. Constitution and great difficulty is placed in the way of proving it by overt acts.” The Global War on Terrorism led to efforts by the federal government to expand the definition of treason and treasonous activities that had only limited success in the courts. At the same time, the administration of Barack Obama has killed ...

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