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  •  Slightly longer answer: First Amendment (5+ / 0-)

    specifically, both the freedom of speech and the freedom (right) to petition government for redress of grievances, without penalty.

    Treason requires action beyond just petitioning.

    "Sedition," possibly -- but I would hope the ACLU would defend them as vigorously as it did Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case, which involved much more serious charges involving classified documents.

    •  Right. Treason = waging (or aiding) war on the US (3+ / 0-)
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      PeterHug, Ahianne, VClib

      ...& only totalitarians regard a mere petition, even a stupid one, as an act of war (though it can & will land people on FBI watch-lists, depending on the type of stupidity).

      The federal prison system currently holds plenty of Aryan Nation, Republic of Texas, & Montana Freemen types whose crimes amply demonstrate what actual treason looks like.

      Remember Savita Halappanavar!

      by Brown Thrasher on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:10:57 PM PST

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