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.