Breaking: Adam Gadahn to be charged with treason

posted at 12:28 pm on October 11, 2006 by Allahpundit

Formal announcement will come this afternoon. The first American so charged in fifty years, according to CNN. John Walker Lindh should have had that distinction but we needn’t rehash it.

Updates coming as I get them.

Update: The last person convicted of treason was Tomoya Kawakita, a dual Japanese-American citizen found guilty in 1952 of having tortured American POWs during WWII. Still looking to see if he was the last person charged.

Update: How did a nice American boy find his way into Al Qaeda? The LA Times reports:

The grandson of a Jewish doctor, the young man was raised as Adam Pearlman on a goat farm in the hills of southwestern Riverside County by parents who had eclectic religious tastes and shunned the modern world.

At 14, his spiritual journey took him to the Islamic Center of Orange County, where he fell under the influence of two radical Muslims, Khalil Deek and Hisham Diab, both naturalized U.S. citizens.

Diab later formed “Charity Without Borders.” Can you guess who the recipients of its “charity” were?

Update: Here’s the video from CNN. Neither reporter seems to know who the hell Gadahn is, despite the fact that he’s appeared in three separate Al Qaeda videos in the past three months and was doing English-language voiceovers for them as early as 2002.

Treason! Can you believe it, Tony? Treason!


Update: The federal treason statute is 18 U.S.C. 2381. It won’t be hard to get a conviction, assuming we take him alive. Which we shouldn’t.


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If this is true it is welcome news. And about time.

Kevin R on October 11, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Hooray! For all the good it will do. I don’t believe we try anyone in absentia do we? Until we capture him the “charges” are meaningless.

One bright side is if we do go after him, perhaps he will off himself if he thinks he’s about to be captured. Wouldn’t look good for a coward, uh jihadi to soil himself when he finds out his sentence is death by hanging. And we save the cost of a trial….

ScottG on October 11, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Can we add the NYT to that list?

journeyscarab on October 11, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Squeal, pig.

You cant say that AllahPundit. It insults his pseudoidentity as a jr jihadi wannabe. How culturally insensitive of you. Insulting a traitor..why how DARE you? /sarc off

In all seriousness: it’s about time. Now what about the NYT leakers added to that list when they find them?

labwrs on October 11, 2006 at 12:44 PM

ACLU names All Star defense team in 5, 4, 3, …

LakeRuins on October 11, 2006 at 12:47 PM

It’s about time! And I hope he’s not the last for another 50 years. Maybe 50 hours? There are so many to choose from.
Anyone have a ‘treason list’ on their site?

shooter on October 11, 2006 at 12:59 PM

About time! Woohoo! This will help Americans become more confident in who they are and in what they believe.

Muslihoon on October 11, 2006 at 1:01 PM

They should have a “shoot on sight” order on him as well.

SouthernGent on October 11, 2006 at 1:02 PM

Holy Crap! You mean someone in California still actually believes treason against the U.S. is possible?

Maybe there is hope after all…

venmax on October 11, 2006 at 1:03 PM

Sorry to pop the party, but I vividly remember when US coalition forces apprehended hundreds of enemy combatants in-theater and transfered them to Gitmo.

Quick, how many have been convicted as of today? See.

Niko on October 11, 2006 at 1:06 PM

Wow … I can’t believe it’s taken this long to charge someone with treason when there have been so many that have deserved the charge, but I guess better late than never.

I’m wondering though about John Walker Lindh – I know under the constitution one cannot be charged twice with the same crime. However, since he was never charged with treason to begin with, would it be possible to go back now and level those charges against him? I kind of doubt it, but if there are any lawyers or constitutional scholars out there that can more authoritatively answer the question here, please do so.

thirteen28 on October 11, 2006 at 1:08 PM

The left questions the announcement of this timing…;)

Ennuipundit on October 11, 2006 at 1:08 PM

Sorry to pop the party, but I vividly remember when US coalition forces apprehended hundreds of enemy combatants in-theater and transfered them to Gitmo.

Quick, how many have been convicted as of today? See.

How many of them did we have videotapes of?

Allahpundit on October 11, 2006 at 1:14 PM

Gadahn is an American. We’re questioning his patriotism?

CP on October 11, 2006 at 1:17 PM

Well, so when we apprehend an unlawful combatant in a war zone with a f-cking gun in his hand shooting indiscriminately at US soldiers and/or civilians (whoever happens to cross their fire), or when we apprehend a terrorist just as he is about to assemble an IED, or when we apprehend a helper washing millions of moneys for use in anti-coalition attacks – and we still can’t convict any of them because, uhm, American chambers send their top of the cream pro bono, how exactly do you think the US will have more success with Gadahn?

Did I even mention his alcohol-related problems or the abuse he had to endure as a child?

Niko on October 11, 2006 at 1:21 PM

Adam Pearlman? Gevalt!

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 11, 2006 at 1:21 PM

I don’t think Mssr Gadahn needs to worry about standing trial if our troops come across him on the battlefield. I haven’t seen a whole lot of FBI agents with warrants in Afghanistan either.

LakeRuins on October 11, 2006 at 1:23 PM

Yeah … ok, I know I can be ignorant, at times; but, what does this charge really do other than present a form of legal posturing?

Granted, if he’s captured, he’s on record of being charged, but couldn’t we just charge him once he’s been captured?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that a goofy-assed high school loser who sees the West as bad since all of the hot chicks made fun of him and the jocks probably gave him a fair number of swirlies gets called out for being a dick, I just don’t know if I see the relevence.

yo on October 11, 2006 at 1:32 PM

I love it!

If this is true it is welcome news. And about time.

Hear, hear!

Christoph on October 11, 2006 at 1:33 PM

Think he’ll mount a First Amendment defense to the effect that making war against the infidel is a protected part of his religious expression?

Farmer_Joe on October 11, 2006 at 1:44 PM

Between spying charges, and treason charges, we could keep a firing squad busy for months, but it won’t happen. Instead, we will begin decorating another politically correct prison to keep the trash comfortable in until they find a nice, liberal judge, or Governor to kick them free.

For any conservative candidate running for the House, or Senate, here is an idea that would drive liberals nuts. Talk about a plan that would swap Gitmo detainees from their island to a prison within the precincts of the liberals they are running against. Such a move would keep the terrorists safe from torture, right? [Think about it!]

DannoJyd on October 11, 2006 at 1:45 PM

Ha-hah! The Kos Kidz will be coming unglued over this one.

Bush-Cheney-burton crush dissent!

SWLiP on October 11, 2006 at 2:03 PM

No surprise here. I’m just amazed they didn’t do the same with Lynne Stewart.

BrunoMitchell on October 11, 2006 at 2:18 PM

In regard to the statute cited …

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

As far as the last sentence is concerned, I would imagine the Democrats best start packing their bags.

BrunoMitchell on October 11, 2006 at 2:20 PM

It’s about @#$% time they did something like this. I realize it’s probably considered judgmental by modern standards to suggest that anything anybody does is “bad”, but it’s about time we started labeling terrorists for what they are.

Al Qaeda = Terrorists
Terrorists = Evil
American Al Qaeda member = Traitor

High Desert Wanderer on October 11, 2006 at 2:27 PM

ACLU lawyers are no doubt quivering with excitement about this one!

irishsquid on October 11, 2006 at 2:29 PM

How long did it take him to grow that trashy beard, I wonder? Robert Spencer congratulated him on finally being able to grow one. Haha!

PRCalDude on October 11, 2006 at 2:30 PM

do we still hang traitors?

pullingmyhairout on October 11, 2006 at 2:30 PM

A little October surprise for the LeftStreamMedia to gag on! Bravo!

RushBaby on October 11, 2006 at 2:31 PM

Hey Irishsquid,

Howse about trying out Peggy Sue or Thelma Lou on Perlman if we catch him?

ScottG on October 11, 2006 at 2:47 PM

Big Fanfare, put it up on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list and post it:

WANTED:DEAD OR ALIVE (PREFERABLY DEAD)

Let’s listen to the ACLU scream at the top of their lungs(Hysterical sissies seeing a spider).

tormod on October 11, 2006 at 2:50 PM

Tell the Marines, “He’ll be the fat one in the cave, with a McDonald’s bag in one hand and a Quran in the other.”

BirdEye on October 11, 2006 at 3:17 PM

Now if they’d just charge the seditious traitor liberal democrats…

NRA4Freedom on October 11, 2006 at 3:26 PM

Here’s a fun link that you should check out. The FBI wanted poster for good old Adam:

Kevin R on October 11, 2006 at 4:01 PM

Hmm, it didn’t seem to take so it is without using the link feature:

http://www.fbi.gov/terrorinfo/gadahn.htm

Kevin R on October 11, 2006 at 4:02 PM

here’s hoping they fry him

One Angry Christian on October 11, 2006 at 4:22 PM

Charged with treason — in a civil court.

Well, I guess the DoJ grew one. But not a pair.

rightwingprof on October 11, 2006 at 4:23 PM

Schweinehund!

Entelechy on October 11, 2006 at 4:58 PM

Breaking: Adam Gadahn to be charged with treason

Why? What has he done?

…he’s appeared in three separate Al Qaeda videos in the past three months and was doing English-language voiceovers for them as early as 2002.

This? This is treason? This is constitutionally protected free speech! Since when in America do we jail men for this? What ever happened to I may disagree with your opinion, but I’ll defend your right to say it to the death? If this un-American and un-constitutional indictment goes through, it will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech.

Now I understand that some of you may not particularly like what this young man has to say. (Who I must hasten to add, has never been convicted of any crime in a court of law. And who was active in several academic decathalons while simultaneously serving as student editor for the yearbook in high school. And was custodian of the keys for the audio-video club.) But who are we to judge this man for his sincerely held religious convictions? After all, if we violate this man’s religeous freedoms, aren’t all of our rights in danger? Isn’t this what our founding fathers came here for? So they could worship as they saw fit? How can we deny Adam the same first Amendment freedom of religeon and speech that George Washington fought for?

Ladies and Gentlemen of HotAir, I submit to you that Adam Pearlman is no America basher. That is a vicious lie and blatant misrepresentation. Adam doesn’t hate America. Adam loves America and is a patriot. After all, wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln who wisely pointed out at the Battle of Gettysberg that dissent is patriotic? And since dissent = patriotism, isn’t Adams embrace of Al Qaeda really just a red white and blue expression of Constitutionally protected patriotism, just as much as flying the flag? Doesn’t his dissent make him the biggest patriot of us all?

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me remind you that at this point, Adam has never directly and personally participated in a Jihadist beheading video. Those people who have are the true villans, who were goaded and prvoked into senseless, yet strangly understandable violence. Adam has several times condemned un-Islamic violence and stands ready to do so again.

Thank you and god bless.

If you guys didn’t really like reading that, well get used to it. The ACLU and others like them will be spewing stuff like this all over the airwaves if his case ever goes to trial. Heck, if you want to read the same crap, check out the what Johnny Walker Lindh’s lawyer-father was saying about his son, Johhny the Patriot. Then read what Robert Pelton, the guy who interviewed him first thinks about him. Or go read the Salon article about him.

EFG on October 11, 2006 at 5:01 PM

Yahoo News gone PC-silly – headline

Couldn’t they name the traitor? Or might it offend someone’s sensibilities?

Entelechy on October 11, 2006 at 7:12 PM

Surprise! The United States Federal Government is FINALLY recognizing that Treason exists and has developed some conviction that this is a crime to punished. It took them 50 years but better late than never.

Perhaps they will consider other candidates – those that committed espionage when they leaked sensitive information to the New York Times, and perhaps even “Hanoi Jane” Fonda for her active aiding of the North Vietnamese.

I wouldn’t hold my breath on charges being filed for these people – it would be hazardous to your health.

The United States Government needs to protect it’s own intersts to a greater degree and with more diligence.

omegaram on October 11, 2006 at 7:26 PM

I hope they catch this guy in Afghanistan with an AK in his hand. First, we waterboard him, not in water, but in pig’s blood, pigbloodboarding. Don’t even ask him any questions. Then dip a bullet in pig blood … no, pig CRAP, and put it in his head.

“Guilty!”

Clickclick … BAM!

Tony737 on October 11, 2006 at 7:26 PM

We can only hope that somewhere… a small team of Delta operators are pulling on their 782 gear in preparation to deliver a 38 cent 5.56 solution; thus saving America millions of dollars in legal defense expenses and thousands of hours of liberal blather about his rights.

Alden Pyle on October 11, 2006 at 8:47 PM

yes, the ACLU will always come to the defense of their terorrists pals & their appeasers

Starblazer on October 11, 2006 at 11:30 PM

Schweinehund!

Entelechy on October 11, 2006 at 4:58 PM

OK Entelechy..I give up..translation please? :)

labwrs on October 11, 2006 at 11:36 PM

Pyle – I agree.

Take the cheap way out. I’ll send in a check for the bullet myself.

theholyhermit on October 11, 2006 at 11:46 PM

Schweinehund!

Entelechy on October 11, 2006 at 4:58 PM
OK Entelechy..I give up..translation please? :)

labwrs on October 11, 2006 at 11:36 PM

It is German. It litteraly translates to Pig-Dog. Meaning your mother was a pig and your father was a dog. It’s a pretty serious insult in German.

EFG on October 11, 2006 at 11:50 PM

EFG wrote: “This? This is treason? This is constitutionally protected free speech! Since when in America do we jail men for this?”

Look up Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose. Both were convicted for making radio broadcasts for the enemy in WWII.

Such is NOT constitutionally protected speech, because there is NO FREE SPEECH exclusion in Article 3, Section 3 of the US Constitution. It reads:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

Gadahn is “giving them aid and comfort” by willingly participating in enemy propaganda advocating the destruction of America in support of the enemy, and qualifies to be charged for treason.

In my mind, we don’t treat treason seriously enough. Jane Fonda, Jim McDermott, and Sean Penn are examples of others who have assisted an enemy — and have given them aid and comfort in direct support of an enemy.

It is my hope, that upon conviction, they publicly broadcast his hanging.

georgej on October 12, 2006 at 3:02 AM

georgej, before you waste anymore of your valuable time analyzing my above comment and getting worked up into a righteous fury that drives you to create more stinging rebutals, go back and re-read the paragraph that starts with “Ladies and Gentlemen of HotAir, I submit to you that Adam Pearlman is no America basher.”

I’m pretty sure that will help put things into perpective.

EFG on October 12, 2006 at 8:44 AM

Better late than never I suppose. John Walker Lindh should have been charged with treason and I’ll never understand why that didn’t happen. Last time I knew, taking up arms against your country was treason.

Abigail Adams on October 12, 2006 at 8:49 AM

If anybody thinks that magazines like Esquire won’t be fawning all over Adam if we ever capture him and put him on trial for treason, well, just read this Esquire article.

Robert Pelton disagrees and thinks Lindh is a POS.

Remember, Dissent is Patriotic!

Dissent = Patriotism

Adam Gadahn = Dissent

Adam Gadahn = Patriot!!

EFG on October 12, 2006 at 9:58 AM

AllahPundit and I think alike, we should just make Gadahn disappear. Allowing him a trial in the country he commited treason against is absurd. He lost his rights in this country when he became a traitor. I also agree with those who want the New York Times charged. The kind of crap the NYT pulls today would not have been tolerated 50 years ago during WWII, so why allow it during WWIII?

dynospectrum on October 12, 2006 at 4:01 PM