One of the most notorious cases involving traitors was that of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were tried and convicted of espionage – passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. With what should be considered standard national security policy, they were executed for their crimes in 1953. Since that time, America seems to have lost the resolve to protect her sovereignty.
Over the past decades, we have allowed heinous acts of treason to go unpunished. In my opinion, the most flamboyant, and perhaps the one to set the stage for even more egregious acts to go unpunished, was that of “Hanoi” Jane Fonda’s traitorous misconduct (in my opinion) during the Vietnam War. If her actions don’t fit Oran’s legal definition of treason, I fail to understand why.
One of the most damaging acts of espionage against the United States was carried out by former Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker, a submariner who, for two decades, provided the Soviet Union countless highly classified documents. Despite being probably the most damaging case of espionage in U.S. history, he was merely given life in prison for his crime. Since then, we have charged numerous individuals with treason – Aldrich Ames, Jonathon Pollard, Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, and others.
Even though federal law assigns punishment by execution for treason, espionage, federal murder, and other crimes, none have been carried out in decades. Failure to enforce law breeds contempt. Or as in the words of Cicero, “it infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.” As a result, our nation will cease to exist.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.