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Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Logan Act

I found this today over at CIR and was very pleased. Ever since our esteemed Speaker of the House decided to visit with the leadership of a country that has been deemed hostile to the United States, I have been very frustrated that she has not been held accountable. well, perhaps I was wrong. I have wondered why she has been noticeably quiet of late; this may be why:


TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 45 > § 953

§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

Perhaps she got off with a warning, the proverbial slap on the wrist. Let's see if she has the cajonies to do it again. She did after all, mention Iran not long after she returned from Syria.

And as a side not, I received an invitation from Yahoo to respond to a question posed by the congressional mouth piece. The question was what I would like to see added into the global warming bill she is currently working on. My answer was simple: "Her resignation. As it is not within her scope of responsibility as Speaker of the House to make or engage in foreign policy or to represent this government to foreign nations, and she willfully went against the wishes of the current administration, my confidence in her ability to lead congress is no longer present." Yahoo did not post my response. Imagine that.