Monthly Archives: August 2006

Treason

This morning Tom wrote:

More troubling is that it’s reported that the principle people concerned in the plot were British-born, and arrested around High Wycombe, London and Birmingham. What an extraordinary world we’re living in at the moment where groups of people brought up in the UK want to commit these kinds of acts. It’s very troubling.

I commented in his post ending with:

Also, how does this get treated in the UK law? Is it considered a plot to harm and murder or can these folks also be tried for treason?

My natural curiosity kicked in about what is considered treason…
From Dictionary.com:

trea┬Ěson (trzn)
n.
1. Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
2. A betrayal of trust or confidence.

From Wikipedia:

In law, treason is the crime of disloyalty to one’s nation or state. A person who betrays the nation of their citizenship and/or reneges on an oath of loyalty and in some way willfully cooperates with an enemy, is considered to be a traitor. Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as: “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.

Pertaining to High Treason in the United Kingdom, The Treason Act of 1351:

levied war against the King in his Realm or adhered to the King’s enemies in his Realm, giving them aid and comfort in his Realm or elsewhere;

I am not a lawyer nor a judge in the United Kingdom, but what we have here is more than a plot to murder, a plot to cause terror in a land not one’s own, but treason. I called my sister the lawyer and asked her to define treason, she pulled out Black’s Law Dictionary and the part that jumped out is a traitor will “materially participate” in aiding a nation’s enemies.
Flying right now involves enough ludicrous, inane stupidities in the name of security and as of today, I can’t even bring hand lotion, lipstick, reading materials and my own lunch. The only way to create real security is to have one plane for naked humans and one cargo plane for luggage, even then an airport employee with all access can still plant a bomb.
Last but not least, Jennaratrix weighs in:

My real problem is this: I am more scared of my government than I am of the potential terrorists who may potentially blow my ass out of the sky some day. I’m scared of the fact that before I worried about getting on that plane next week, I worried about what my government was going to take away from me now, using this latest incident as the excuse.
There is no such thing as total security. But there is such a thing as a police state, and we are well on our way there.

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Dear Terrorists: Please do not chant Allah Akkbar. You do not know God. Nor do you know the Good God. If you need to practice murder, mayhem, terror and treason, please start at home. Preferrably when no one but yourself is at home. Meet your god asap.
Dear TSA and Airlines: If you do not want me to bring my lipstick, hand lotion, and laptop on board the 10-12 hour flights between Europe and California as of today’s incident, please provide Mac Russian Red lipstick, St. Ives Hand Lotion in the lavatory, and a bunch of good books, Wired Magazine, and National Geographics for me to read. Or a LOT of Ambien. Thank you.

The Ringtones Ruined It For Everyone

As a part of the incremental redesign of this website, I had turned non-TypeKey authenticated commenting back on a couple of months ago, although those comments were held for moderation.
My. What a mistake that was. Due to the incredible amount of ringtone spam that this Movable Type installation was receiving amongst other comment spam detritus that was awaiting my approval and causing good comments to go into the junk folder and be lost forever, I have gone back to TypeKey authentication only.
Sorry to folks who really would like to actually comment on a post rather than spam me and the world, but you have to register.