Shrugging at Treason

From the July 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

The cat’s out of the bag. The first-ever public report of the U.S. administration’s highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (fiab) is scathingly critical of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The whole world now knows that U.S. nuclear secrets have been shipped to the Chinese and who knows who else. In the bluntest possible terms, the fiab declared that “the Department of Energy is incapable of reforming itself.”

The full extent of the web of intrigue involving the DoE which reaches right to the U.S. president may never be fully known. What is apparent, however, is that multifarious listening devices were discovered in weapons-related facilities, in addition to an illegal telephone wiretap in a weapons lab. The fact is, the fiab has produced evidence of a chronology of serious security lapses for which no one has yet been prosecuted!

Interesting enough is the energy department’s seeming comfort with allowing its secrets to be accessed by personnel working for governments which view the U.S. as their declared enemy. But do not fail to consider too the poor press coverage given to this murky web of intrigue.

Fifty years ago we had an offense in the statute books called treason. Its technical definition: “violation by a subject of allegiance to the sovereign or to the state.” Acts of treason once invoked the death penalty. In the age of “flower power” administration, an age when the collective American mind has been closed to innate common sense and wisdom, it seems that the U.S. government and its institutions of administration are prepared to countenance treasonous actions of the highest order and limit the penalty to termination of employment.