By: Steve Yuhas
Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, told British reporters from an undisclosed location that the terrorist group was going through WikiLeaks to find American spies in order to distribute justice. In Taliban speak that means they will find them, cut off their heads, post the video to YouTube for all to see, and then do the same to their families.
WikiLeaks, a website founded by Australian Julian Assange, claims that it is protecting the rights of whistleblowers and journalists all over the world. That is fine and good and his intention is great, but what matters is the result of the publication of stolen American documents.
Those results, in the Taliban’s own words, make Assange an accomplice to murder and the publication of documents that are the property of the American people make Assange and those who provide him with his content, perpetrators of treason.
When I wondered on my radio program why the United States could not convince the government of Sweden, where the website is hosted, to shut the site down I had listeners call the program to tell me that I was arguing for censorship. Let me clear up any misunderstanding.
I was (and am) BEGGING the Obama Administration to shut down a website that posts stolen documents created by the United States of America and post them for the world to see. I don’t care how they do it, but if China can blow up servers half a world away, surely America can get WikiLeaks off the “air.”
We must remember these documents are stolen. They were not discovered by a reporter using lawful means, like the Freedom of Information Act, to gain access to our national secrets; all of them were stolen by at least one, and probably more, members of our military and members of our government.
One member of the United States Army stands accused of mishandling national security documents – in this particular case it was the WikiLeaks presentation of a helicopter attack against insurgents in Iraq who happened to be accompanied by members of the press. Private First Class Bradley Manning was arrested for the release of the helicopter video and there is talk that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at government civilians who may have also had a hand in the affair.
That leads us back to the Pentagon where Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen said that WikiLeaks founder, Assange, “may have blood on his hands.” Assange doesn’t seem to care and he held a press conference on Saturday where he said not only were more documents from our military coming to WikiLeaks soon, but also documents from British Petroleum, yes the one responsible for the oil in the Gulf of Mexico, are coming out too.
Now one has to ask a simple question. If Mullen is correct and Assange and his sources are causing harm to American troops and civilians in the region, not to mention the fact that they are putting American owned documents online for our enemies and friends to see, are they not acting in a manner consistent with treason?
The answer must be yes. If there was ever a case of treason that could easily be proved it is the case of WikiLeaks versus the people of the United States of America.
Now it is time for the Obama administration to come to terms with the fact that it must be the first in many decades to charge a person with treason. Punish them with the death penalty and show people that you cannot take the lives of American troops into your hands, allow civilians under our care to be killed, and allow our enemies to learn not only our secrets, but our methods and manners we fight wars without the most serious of consequences.
Let the investigations continue, but go arrest the publisher of WikiLeaks and bring him to trial for invading America via the Internet and providing aid and comfort to our enemy. Treason is a serious charge and we’ve not used it nearly enough. It is more than the title of a book and more than an historical method that we used to protect ourselves as a new nation.
Treason is a crime, the only crime, so serious that it is delineated in the highest law of the land – our U.S. Constitution. To fulfill the obligation of upholding the Constitution and the laws of the land the Obama administration simply must charge this complete breach of national security in the harshest possible way. Charge everyone associated with WikiLeaks with as many counts as possible, but do not forget or neglect to charge with treason because of confidence in the conviction on other counts.
Disclosing America’s secrets should come with a consequence that is greater than that of someone who burgled a home or robs a bank. Those involved with WikiLeaks have gone too far and must be punished. International borders be damned. Go get them, bring them back, and put them on trial. The world was captivated by the manhunt for a guy who murdered a woman in Peru, Joran van der Sloot, and I daresay that this would provide for great television, as must as any manhunt for a lone gunman who probably killed more women across the world than one.
If the American government cares about the safety of our troops and those who are willing to put their lives on the line in places like Afghanistan and Iraq they will make an example of those who see nothing wrong with turning information over to our enemies. If we are going to win the war we have to make an example of those who would help our enemies during a time of war.
A charge of treason is the only answer to WikiLinks – other than shutting the site down by very smart members of our government or an intelligent hacker to whom I would be willing to pay to see the site removed for good.
Steve Yuhas is a radio talk show host in southern California and may be heard from Tijuana to Santa Barbara; San Diego through Los Angeles on AM 600 KOGO. He may be reached at www.steveyuhas.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org