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this discussion of treason doesn't seem complete w/o mention of the Rosenbergs & the Espionage Act

Reader comment on item: The End of Treason

Submitted by Linda (United States), Nov 21, 2012 at 01:34

The discussion of changes in loyalty is good, but it doesn't mention the difficulty of proving treason.

Treason, like the death penalty as described in the Bible, requires 2 witnesses. At least, that's what I always thought, that treason was too hard to prove. That the American founders wanted to make it difficult to avoid accusations of treason as a form of political control, which apparently was common in England. I thought that was the reason for the Espionage Act, for the violation of which the Rosenbergs were convicted & executed.


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