Friday, April 5, 2013

Is feigning ignorance and begging forgiveness a legal defense for Treason?

In 1972, at the height of the Vietnam War that cost the lives of 58,220 U.S. service members, a war that was dismally orchestrated by the liberals in the State Dept., actress Jane Fonda went on her infamous visit to the heart of enemy territory, Hanoi, North Vietnam, to protest America's involvement. Fonda made anti-war speeches and posed for pictures of herself sitting on an anti-aircraft cannon smiling and singing songs with North Vietnamese soldiers. Jane Fonda committed Treason against the United States by giving aid and comfort to the enemy but because of the influence of the leftist news media, Hollywood liberals and sympathetic Democrats, she was never charged or put on trial for the offense that carries the death penalty. From that day forward Jane Fonda has been known as Hanoi Jane.

In a 60 Minutes interview on March 31, 2005, Fonda reiterated that she had no regrets about her trip to North Vietnam in 1972, with the exception of the anti-aircraft-gun photo. The following year, Jane Fonda married her second husband, Tom Hayden who was one of the initiators of the influential leftist student activist group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) a Communist front group. According to Wikipedia,
In 1965, Tom Hayden, along with Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Herbert Aptheker and Quaker peace activist Staughton Lynd undertook a controversial visit to North Vietnam and Hanoi. The three toured villages and factories and met with an American POW whose plane had been shot down. The result of this tour of North Vietnam, at a high point in the war, was a book titled The Other Side. Staughton Lynd later wrote that the New Left disavowed "the Anti-Communism of the previous generation" and that Lynd and Hayden had written in Studies on the Left that, "We refuse to be anti-Communist, We insist the term has lost all the specific content it once had."

Tom Hayden made several other well-publicized visits to North Vietnam as well as Cambodia during America's involvement in the Vietnam War, including an especially controversial one during 1972 to North Vietnam with his future wife, actress Jane Fonda. The next year he married Fonda and they had one child, Troy Garity, born on 7 July 1973. In 1974, while the Vietnam War was still ongoing, the documentary Introduction to the Enemy was released, a collaboration by Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Haskell Wexler, among others. It depicts their travels through North and South Vietnam in the spring of 1974.
Her treasonous actions did little to halt her Hollywood career and Jane Fonda went on to enjoy the financial benefits of her films and speaking tours. But in an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Network a few days ago, she feigned ignorance and sorrow for the photo session in Hanoi. “I made one unforgivable mistake when I was in North Vietnam, and I will go to my grave with this,” Jane Fonda says on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Just as every young woman realized her great mistake posing for a slanderous sex photo, but not for engaging in the salacious activity itself, Jane Fonda Fonda said she knew immediately that she had made a mistake when they started taking pictures and has apologized repeatedly, both privately and publicly. Newmax reported the exchange of the interview:
As everyone was laughing and singing, Fonda was led to a gun site, where she sat down.

“And I was laughing and clapping, and there were pictures taken."

As she walked away, Fonda says she suddenly realized that the pictures would be seen in the United States — and they would not look good.

“There were no planes, the gun was not operable. It didn’t matter. This is an image that belied everything that I was,” Fonda said.

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It is of little comfort to the thousands of American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and the thousands more who returned home to be tormented by the anti-war climate that made them not the heroes they should have been but the villains. As they were depicted by another soldier named John Kerry who catapulted his military service into testimony before the liberal Democrat controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A career that has resulted in his affirmation as our Secretary of State. There is no statute of limitation on the crime of Treason. As I wrote here a few months ago:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The art of distraction, keeping the spotlight off Sen. John Kerry and his quest for Secretary of State.

It is somewhat incongruous to realize that today, Sen. John Kerry occupies the position of Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the very body that launched his political career in 1971.
John Kerry's political career was launched in the U.S. Senate in the Committee on Foreign Relations on April 22, 1971 when he was invited to appear as a representative of the left wing group Vietnam Veterans Against the War. The testimony Kerry gave accused his fellow American troops of blatantly committing war crimes against the civilian population of Vietnam. He was congratulated for his work by leading liberals on the Senate committee. 
Birds of a feather do flock together.

My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.


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