Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Dirty 47

So let me get this straight....47 Republican senators of this government wrote to the Represenatives of a foreign government...One this nation views as hostile...That being Iran and attempted to undermine President Obama's nuclear policy.....and nobody thinks that this is treason?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

If some Democratic Senators did this to Presidents Reagon, Bush Sr...Baby Bush...There would be massive calls for impeachment....but these 47...I call em the Dirty 47 did this and nobody is calling for their blood?

They hate this Black man in the oval office that much?  And don't get me started on that stunt they pulled with the Prime Minister of Israel......

Senators who reached out to Iran’s leaders to undermine President Barack Obama’s nuclear negotiations probably broke the law, and they're going to get away with it. We are going to let them because I'm guessing..A whole of people don't know what they did and don't understand the ramifications of what they did if they do know..

The law they probably broke, the Logan Act of 1799, allows for fines and up to three years in prison. I looked it up...Yes...I read...Something the average American fails to do, despite having more information at their fingertip than ever before..

The act bans U.S. citizens from engaging “without authority of the United States” in “correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government ... with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government ... in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States.”
Fortunately for Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and the 47 Senate co-signers of his open letter to Iran, the law is not enforced and is likely unconstitutional.


"They probably were in violation of the act, yes,” says Stephen Vladeck, a professor at the American University Washington College of Law.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, probably broke the law, too, by working with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine the nuclear negotiations with Iran, he says.

But Vladeck, co-editor-in-chief of the legal blog Just Security, says senators could argue they were indeed acting with the authority of the United States or more convincingly that the act violates the First Amendment.
“The Logan Act is a vestigial and anachronistic holdover from a bygone era,” he says. “There's never been a successful prosecution under the act, and the last indictment was in 1803.”

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at the George Washington University, says "if the Logan Act was ever enforced you would have to frog march half of Congress out the front doors and into a federal penitentiary."

They have marched people to the penitentiary for far less.

Turley compares the likelihood of a prosecution under the act to “the chances of being eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex on Capitol Hill.”

The Logan Act comes from a rather dark period in which this country imposed the Alien and Sedition Acts,” he says. “The language of the Logan Act is sweeping and in my view facially unconstitutional.”
A spokeswoman for Cotton did not respond to a request for comment.

The obscure, unenforced act periodically becomes a topic of conversation, such as when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in 2007, and likely will continue to do so until it’s repealed.

That aside....The nerve and the gaul of these 47 Senators to even draft a letter to an unfriendly government and attempt to undermine their own president....Oh that's right..He's not their president...He's Black.....

I'm just shaking my damn head....

This is dirty and low...Even for Republicans...

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