Philip Giraldi : Some Might Call It Treason

Philip Giraldi : Some Might Call It Treason


Summoned-by-AIPAC-1High Crimes and Misdemeanors by Congress

I am referring to a concerted "betrayal of trust" by a group of American government elected officials in openly advancing policies that serve the interests of a foreign country, specifically the senators and congressmen who are lining up behind Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to oppose the White House’s attempt to negotiate an equitable solution to the thirty-five year confrontation with Iran.


by Philip Giraldi

There is a major flaw in the United States Constitution. The Founders understood that partisan politics would inevitably result in bickering along party lines that would lead to charges that political opponents were betraying the country so they deliberately made it very difficult to charge others with "treason." Which is not to say that they did not regard treason as the most heinous of crimes. The fact that it is defined in the Constitution, one of only two crimes to be specified in the document, is telling, but they just wanted to make sure that when the charge was made it was made in all seriously, not to obtain frivolous political advantage.

In Article III the Constitution states "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

Because of the high bar set by the Constitution, treason convictions in the United States have been relatively few, normally occurring during declared wars. The last such conviction was in 1952. Elsewhere in the world, treason trials, if not common, occur when someone is believed to have collaborated with an actual declared enemy or to have subverted a country’s laws or constitution, to include attempting to overthrow an established government. Avoiding legal complexities, the Merriam Webster unabridged dictionary provides a broad primary definition for the word treason, describing it as "the betrayal of a trust."

The problem with the treason definition applicable in the United States is that it does not cover what we are seeing right now, something that the Founders could never have anticipated. I am referring to a concerted "betrayal of trust" by a group of American government elected officials in openly advancing policies that serve the interests of a foreign country, specifically the senators and congressmen who are lining up behind Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to oppose the White House’s attempt to negotiate an equitable solution to the thirty-five year confrontation with Iran.

Noam Neusner
Neusner was President George W. Bush’s primary speechwriter on domestic policy matters, including tax relief, Medicare reform, energy, and the environment. He also served as Director of Communications and Strategic Planning at the Office of Management and Budget.
The discussion in Washington is now focused on possibly baseless allegations that Iran is seeking to acquire a nuclear weapon, but it is really all about Iranian military and economic power as it relates to the state of Israel. The dissident legislators include nearly all Republicans as well as many leading Democrats who have long been advocates for Israel. Their intention is to throw a spanner into the works by seeking to pass new sanctions legislation which, the Iranians have already warned, will end any possibility for a deal.

Neocon Noam Neusner recently provided an insight into what is going on in Congress, boasting that "Normally a party’s leadership will stand behind a president in his moment of diplomatic achievement. Not this time." He further explains that the "conspicuous silence" among Democrats is because they are "the men and the women, after all, who are on a first name basis with most of the board of AIPAC" and "they want to be in Washington long after Obama leaves the White House."

Abraham Foxman director of the Anti-Defamation league since 1987
And lest there be any confusion about what AIPAC and the rest of the Lobby want, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League has offered his own critique, saying that he is "embarrassed by our government’s acceptance of Iran’s blackmail," calling secret talks with Iran "a violation of the special relationship with Israel."

The pressure has been so intense that President Barack Obama had to personally go to a gathering of a major component of the Israel Lobby – the Brookings Saban Center – to explain to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban and a hostile audience what he intends to do about Iran.

His explanation eventually expanded to include a complete sellout of the Palestinians, avoiding the subject of settlements, calling Israel a "Jewish state," and conceding that Tel Aviv has a right to call all the shots on its security demands. Secretary of State John Kerry has called Israeli Arabs a "demographic time bomb" so security presumably includes possible ethnic cleansing. Obama should have been embarrassed to subsequently attend the Mandela funeral, where he was observed laughing and grinning with other heads of state. Apparently everyone appreciates a good joke.

Obama Saban Summit

A pressured President Barack Obama at the Saban Forum in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Photo by AP

Congress meanwhile has been doing its part, disputing each and every White House justification for the negotiations, possibly inducing the Administration to respond by adding a number of Iranian trading partners to the list of organizations already subject to sanctions, leading to a temporary suspension of the talks in Geneva. The White House is now schizophrenically arguing that new sanctions are okay as long as they are not directed at the nuclear program, a ridiculous claim that Tehran is not buying into.

And the consequences of all the bickering are deadly serious, with many observers nervously noting that the only alternative to talks is war because the United States and Israel have excluded all other options. And a war would have major consequences not only for Iran but also for the United States. Energy prices would skyrocket, there would undoubtedly be a new wave of international terrorism directed against the United States and American citizens, and Iran has significant capabilities to strike back directly against US forces.

Closing the door on talks also eliminates the possibility of any positive engagement with Iran. The White House claims to be inexorably opposed to Salafist terrorist organizations, to include al-Qaeda and its various franchises. Iran also opposes those groups as many of them believe in killing Shi’ite Muslims, the majority religious group in Iran. Tehran most likely has better intelligence on al-Qaeda than does Washington and might be willing to share it, but the congressmen, benefiting their own ambitions and little more, are clearly not heedful of the grave damage they are doing to the United States and its interests overseas. Preaching war with Iran is serious business, not the usual Capitol Hill game of one-upmanship akin to a victimless crime where what does and does not take place has little or no meaning.

Some might argue that the congressmen are within their rights, that they are expressing their legitimate concerns that Iran is being deceptive, enabling talks to go on while they creep closer and closer to their objective of weaponizing their uranium stockpile. There just might be a congressman or two who actually believes that or who genuinely thinks that Iran poses some kind of threat to the United States, but it does not require any particular insight to realize that the opposition to talks with Iran overwhelmingly comes directly from Israel and its friends and from nobody else.

The principal Israeli lobby AIPAC has basically declared war on the White House over the issue and the Senators who are leading the charge are firmly in Israel’s pocket. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is even being briefed by Israeli intelligence and Israeli cabinet ministers have been observed pleading their case on Capitol Hill to a very receptive audience. Several congressmen have angrily confronted Secretary of State Kerry when he was trying to explain the tentative agreement with Iran, citing information they received from the Israeli Embassy and even quoting the Israeli media.

Passionate attachment

Our first president George Washington was aware of the danger of too "passionate attachments" to any foreign country, warning in his Farewell Address that "The Nation, which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave.” Though the Quislings in Congress cannot, unfortunately, be found guilty of treason, there is, of course, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938, which requires individuals acting on behalf of a foreign country to register with the Justice Department and to reveal their sources of funds. While it would be quite a spectacle to see lines of congressmen registering, no one should actually expect the Obama Administration to make such a demand or attempt to enforce it. The last president who sought registration of an Israel lobbyist as a foreign agent was John F. Kennedy, who attempted to force the predecessor to AIPAC, then called the American Zionist Council, to comply with the law.

All of the above means that between a charge of treason and the requirement to register as a foreign agent, ignored anyway in the case of Israel, there is no middle ground to punish congressmen who act on behalf of a foreign government apart from impeachment. Impeachment of a congressmen for any "high crime and misdemeanor" requires charges being initiated in the House of Representatives followed by the trial in the Senate. The somewhat tedious and no doubt heavily politicized procedure is unfortunate as impeachment therefore actually needs someone willing to stand up on his or her hind feet and demand that our legislators do something to benefit the folks who elect them rather than respond to those who pay for their extracurricular services on behalf of a foreign power. That someone would be very difficult to find.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Council for the National Interest.

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Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a former DIA and CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served eighteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was Chief of Base in Barcelona from 1989 to 1992 designated as the Agency’s senior officer for Olympic Games support. Since 1992 he consulted for a number of Fortune 500 corporate clients. Mr. Giraldi was awarded an MA and PhD from the University of London in European History and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Chicago. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and Turkish.


  1. A very good piece from Mr. Giraldi. The studious neglect of George Washington's Farewell Address is practically criminal. It says something about the lack of respect we have for our own history- that we allow our spineless "court historians" to get away with such as this. As usual, there's no one at the tiller.

  2. On many occasions when loyalty to the country has been raised as today with Philip, I have commented on the differences between what exists now and what was seen to be the need sixty years ago to address the question of spies, fellow travellers, foreign lobbies, 'comminists' as they were called then,  under the  much-maligned Joe McCarthy and his Senate enquiries.


    What a job a 2013 McCarthy would have today. There just wouldn't be enough time to address all the questionable actiivities that are now accepted as everyday occurences, starting with AIPAC, a fiftth column in the belly of the USA. Now what a wonderful place to start, a list of Zionists and corrupted sycophants, elected members of both houses on the payroll of a foreign state that has stolen more secrets from the USA than could ever be listed on these pages. The constant barrage of support for the Israeli spy Pollard in the Jewish media, of course, by the same sycophants would alone be grounds for a long sentence and rightly so.


    These days such people are probably awarded the Star of Israel or some other dubious honour.


    We would find the corridors of Washington empty of planted staffers in the offices of the Senators and Congress members of this world all acting as a conduit for information to Israel. As for the McCain and Graham brigade, those two examples with their direct association with Israel being the first port of call. Oh, for the good old days.


    A friendly visit to see al Qaeda in Syria would have landed McCain in a prison then, probably for the rest of his life and what a blessing that would have been. It would have given the state of Arizona a chance to elect a patriotic Senator for a change. The question is…would they?

    Unlikely. They have foisted him on the American people so many times they know no better, a scene repeated many time over in this now corrupt country.


    It shows, every day.



  3. Wasn't around in those days but I have read up on it. Right procedure, wrong target, communists being powder puffs compared to the Ziomnist brigade of spies, corrupt officials,  9/11 conspirators and Presidential manipulators. Thankfully we can rejoice at this time of the year that at least one , Carter, had some decency and saw Jews for what they are, a growth on US progress.


    A small consolation will be the fact that a worldwide BDS with action coming from countries rather than small enthusiastic organisations is hopefully just around the corner. The grounds for such action based on 65 years of military occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing on a grand scale.


    Perhaps then we may see some motrivation return to the voting sheep in the US and to elect Ameicans for America just for a change and purge the country of those who would bring the country to heel to conform to their selfish their objectives. Naturally, I refer to the psychotic Israel, the greatest evil-minded fraternity  on the planet.


    Time is running out

  4. No US president has been free of the Jewish yoke.  President John Kennedy tried to free himself while also saving his country but faced his untimely death in the hands of the cruel criminal Zionists.  President Obama will have the support of Millions of Americans if he stands up to Israel and Zionist Jews who are destroying America and the world. 


    The treasonous members of the US Congress should be given this same punishment as it was given to this Jew Dennis MacShane who is as deceptive as the name he has taken.


    Shameless Denis MacShane Will Spend Xmas Behind Bars

  5. TREASON PROSECUTED BY US MILITARY TRIBUNAL The US Constitution states that ‘Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against [the United States] or in adhering [acts of espionage] to the Enemy, giving them Aid and Comfort’ The 9/11 Israeli false flag attack on the USA was an ‘Act of War’ against the USA (levying War) and therefore – an ‘Act of Treason’ by all those adhering [complicit] to Enemies of the United States, giving 'Aid and Comfort’ to the Enemy during a state of War against the United States.


    A ‘State of War’ exists by Israel against the United States. Therefore, the US Congress and Senate – by ‘aiding and comforting’ the ‘Enemy’ by enacting unconstitutional acts [the treasonous ‘Patriot Act’] and failing in their duty to enact a ‘Declaration of War Against Israel’ – are guilty of Treason – as witnessed by the majority of the American People – therefore, all members of the government, including the President, the Senate and the Congress, and all civilians that support the enemy (Israel) are guilty of Treason.


    Covering-up the attack (by the Jewish mass media) on the United States is an act of Treason, and by Congress  acting as enemy agents at a time of war by enacting unconstitutional legislation that violated the US Constitution, thereby overthrowing the government and aiding the enemy to occupy the USA and install a Police State regime loyal to Israel – the High Command (Joint Chiefs of Staff) of the US Miliary can act to reinstate the US constitution, declare ‘A State of War by Israel Against the USA’ – and place Washington, DC under military jurisdiction and by 'Military Tribunal' investigate and prosecute ‘enemies foreign and domestic’ that have violated the ‘Espionage Act’ and arrest all treasonous members of the government, create a civilian commission to reinstate the US Constitution by honest and free elections, install a provisional federal government under jurisdiction of  the Provost Marshal General assigned the duties of investigating and charging all ‘Enemies’ that have ‘aided and given comfort’ to the enemy (Israel) – thereby complicit to Treason as ‘enemy combatants’in the ‘State of War’ by Israel against the USA.


    It is obvious that Jewish Israeli traitors in Congress are not going to prosecute themselves for their own devious acts of Treason, therefore the USA does not have a legal government – and the US Military High Command has the power under the US Constitution and the obligation to suspend civilian government in Washington, DC and install a provisional federal government until a legitimate government can be elected by the American People. It is not necessary to declare ‘Martial Law’ across the USA – but only the deployment of a military force in Washington, DC while new political elections are made by all of the States. Therefore – High Treason in the US Government can be legally prosecuted.

  6. Israel has given US Military Technology to China while also demanding that the US spy Pollard who was responsible for the murder of over 1000 CIA officers be released from jail. 


    Over 99% of the problems in America are caused by Israel and Zionist Communist International Jews (that include most American Jews who being parasites of this nation are devoid of any love for America).  To bring about any change it is essential  that these two undesirable elements be dealt with.


    The best way to deal with Israel is to stop giving billions of dollars in US aid every year (8 million a day) when this money can be well spent here in the US to improve the Americn life.   


    We can achieve that and much more by supporting these two honest, serious and reliable organizations: (1) The Council for the National    
    (2) If Americans     


    There are various organizations and groups as well as individuals that will keep on asking money from the patriotic community and we ought to be careful before writing each check.   There are also various websites with PayPal Buttons and some of the people who run these sites are Zionist agents despite their superficial narrative to impress real truth seekers.  There is one person in particular who has even  installed his buttons in multiple websites and people are getting deceived by these insincere people who are aggressive about collecting donations while doing absolutely nothing to advance the cause of true freedom and personal liberties of people in America or other parts of the world notably Palestine and Gaza.   I tried to email an article from If Americans Knew and a friend informed me that he was afraid to open the email because it was labelled as coming from a  "dangerous site".   I emailed an article from The Council for the National Interest, the email did'nt have the link to the article I was emailing about.   These incidents show us that the Zionist establishment is threatened by their work and that the people behind these two organizations are real people working on behalf of America and Americans as well as people in the Middle East.  


    By promoting these two websites alone and by supporting few other very sincere people like Stuart Littlewood of Radio Free palestine and Merlin Miller of Americana-Pictures and Merlin we can accomplish a great deal. Thank you for supporting these sincere organizations and people who have the knowledge of what our real problems are and are willing to spend time, energy and effort to make lasting changes for America and the world.  Anything short of the vision they hold and the passion they demonstarte to achieve clearcut goals will be a total waste of our money.