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"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."Since 1789, presidents have taken office following this oath.
And since that time there are factions within the country that swear each president has committed treason in one fashion or another... mainly because they disagreed with the political decisions made my those presidents. None have been convicted of treason.
The Constitution of the United States, Art. III, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort. This offence is punished with death. By the same article of the Constitution, 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.A lot of nut-job electrons are running around the internet regarding how President Bush committed treason for one reason or another... but none by this definition. Most reasons cited have been treason against the far left principles of far leftism that are then distorted beyond recognition into levying war against the U.S. or giving aid and comfort to our enemies. The "people" have spoken!
Under pressure from the far left, the Democratic Congress, and the administration-in-waiting, President Bush released 13 prisoners from Guantanamo. As the Associated Press reports [h/t Pat Dollard]:
The Taliban's new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration's efforts to close the prison. U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.
Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, formerly Guantanamo prisoner No. 008, was among 13 Afghan prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007. Rasoul is now known as Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a nom de guerre that Pentagon and intelligence officials say is used by a Taliban leader who is in charge of operations against U.S. and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.
The officials, who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to release the information, said Rasoul has joined a growing faction of former Guantanamo prisoners who have rejoined militant groups and taken action against U.S. interests. Pentagon officials have said that as many as 60 former detainees have resurfaced on foreign battlefields.
Pentagon and intelligence officials said Rasoul has emerged as a key militant figure in southern Afghanistan, where violence has been spiking in the last year. Thousands of U.S. troops are preparing to deploy there to fight resurgent Taliban forces.
... According to the Pentagon, at least 18 former Guantanamo detainees have "returned to the fight" and 43 others are suspected of resuming terrorist activities. The Pentagon has declined to provide a complete list of the former prisoners they suspect are now on the battlefield.
So, here is a clear case of President Bush doing exactly what the far left, the Democratic Congress, and the President-in-Waiting and his contingent demanded... and in doing so giving aid or comfort to the enemies of the United States.
Or, as Barry Goldwater said: "None Dare Call It (T)reason."..