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The Definition of Treason

How far would a media personality have to go to be considered an enemy of the United States? What if one of them dedicated a primetime spot to a terrorist propaganda film? Wait…CNN already did that.

OK. What if one of them granted an interview to one of America’s most dangerous enemies? What if during that interview, this media personality broadcast American war strategies to the enemy, providing them with aid and comfort? Would that do the trick?

You say, “Certainly that would never happen. Certainly a member of the US media would never broadcast war strategies on enemy radio.” Well, it HAS happened.

Seymour Hersh, a journalist with The New Yorker, granted an interview to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. During that interview, Hersh felt compelled to share with the Iranians what he believes America’s plans are in attacking Iran. Here is a portion of the interview:

Question: Mr. Hersh there is so many people who predict that there would be a US military strike on Iran, most of them to say this is going to be an air strike. According to Iran's geo- strategic position which is mountainous and the US air strike could not be followed by ground strike, what could the US military do in order to be successful and does the US have the ability to launch a ground strike on Iran or not?

Hersh: I am somebody who has an opposition to the government and so I do not sit down at the table with people in the White House and the Pentagon officially and discuss these things. The best I can tell you is nobody knows for sure what is going to happen. It is very possible that President Bush and Vice President Cheney, all their language is just a bluff and it is designed to make Iran give up and stop its nuclear fuel cycle research. I don't think so, but it is possible. I do know there is an intensive planning for an air strike and one of the problems you have when you start the process is if the air strike isn't successful or it doesn't lead to what they want, I mean a capitulation by Iran. The next step would be they are considered some sort of on the ground operation. All of this has to be considered in the planning but this is just planning. What I have been writing about for over year is still planning. It is going to be planning until the president wakes up one morning and says I want to strike Iran and then it happens. That order so far has not come.

Question: As our supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei has stated in case of any attack upon us we have got the right to retaliate against American interests and bases at any place of our choice. So doesn't US administration fear about targeting its bases around our country and its establishments or killing its forces and etc?

Hersh: You know I can just tell you it should and again as I wrote in the New Yorker magazine we are doing more than targeting Iran. We’re inside your country. There are a lot of aggressive activities by the United States. I think we and the Israelis, I have written this, have contacts with Baluchis and the Iranian Kurds all of whom in some cases are happy with the government or in opposition to the government and we are also setting our troops across the border. So there is a lot of aggression by the United States right now on Iran and what happens next nobody knows. So far, Iran has been very quiet.

Question: Most international analysts believe that the US ultimate goal is to fight against revolutionary Islam and to dominate of the region's energy and oil. But Mr. Jimmy Carter stated that the overthrow of Saddam did not have anything do with energy and oil. So what is the real goal of the US administration in the Middle East?

Hersh: Nobody knows what is in the president mind and Mr. Cheney. We don't know what they think. He attacked Iraq in 2003 in response to the Sunni Al- Qaeda in America. Why he would attack Iraq have never been clear because Saddam Hussein was secular. He was a Sunni but he did not like Jihadists. So it is unclear to me what Bush was doing. You could argue that the neo-cons want to get rid of any threat. They never liked Saddam. He was a threat to the other countries in the Middle East, to Israel. Perhaps what we are doing is for Israel and oil but I don’t think this president believes that he really thinks his mission is to spread democracy in the Middle East, even though, you could argue that Iran is probably the most democratic country. The elections there certainly indicate people vote what the way they believe but he believes to spreading democracy and right now we are working with some of the most undemocratic countries in the Middle East, you know Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia that do so. It is very strange.


So, Seymour Hersh, an American citizen and journalist, goes on Iranian radio and tells them what he believes are the United States attack strategies for a war with Iran. Bear in mind that Iran is supplying terrorists with weapons, money, equipment, and safe-haven. They are actively engaged against the United States in the War against Islamic Fascism. They are clearly, an enemy of the United States. Yet, Hersh has no problem giving them aid and comfort, or even complimenting their oppressive Government as being “the most democratic country.”

To be fair, Hersh did admit that most of the information he was giving did not come directly from the President. He stated that “I do not sit down at the table with people in the White House and the Pentagon officially and discuss these things.” Most of the information he gave to the Iranians was pure speculation. Point taken.

However, he also stated that he KNEW “there is an intensive planning for an air strike…. The next step would be they are considered some sort of on the ground operation.” He also stated as FACT, “We’re inside your country. There are a lot of aggressive activities by the United States. I think we and the Israelis, I have written this, have contacts with Baluchis and the Iranian Kurds all of whom in some cases are happy with the government or in opposition to the government and we are also setting our troops across the border.”

The fact is that this is a clear case of giving aid and comfort to the enemy during a time of war. It is undeniable. Hersh has committed treason.

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