During his time in the White House President Obama has shown himself to be a statist, an apologist for America, a poor leader, and an individual who frequently does not reside in the same zip code as the truth. But I never thought I would have to ask this question about an American chief executive: Is President Obama a traitor?
Much has been said and written lately about the national security leaks emanating from the White House, leaks apparently promulgated to bolster President Obama’s sagging credibility with everyone except the most ardent left-wing ideologues. But with even the most liberal members of Congress expressing serious concerns about the leaks, it has become obvious that the question of treason must be asked. For example, California Senator Diane Feinstein, a liberal Democrat, has spoken out strongly against the leaks: “What we are seeing… is an Anschluss…an avalanche of leaks. And it is very, very disturbing. Senator Feinstein is Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
First, some background. A traitor is an individual who commits treason. Treason, in the current context, is any purposeful act by an individual to help a foreign entity seriously harm America. Consequently, the functional question that must be answered is this: Do the leaks purposefully emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have the potential to help a foreign entity seriously harm America? To answer this question it is necessary to examine the actual leaks. Tim Mak provided a comprehensive summary of the leaks to date at Politico.com on June 7, 2012:
• U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet. This leak revealed that the U.S. was involved in the development of a computer virus targeted at Iran’s nuclear centrifuges. The obvious intention of this leak was to make it appear that the president is taking strong action against a rogue nuclear power. However, being forewarned gives Iranian scientists time to take precautionary measures against Stuxnet, thereby putting Israel and, by extension, America at even greater risk.
• Terrorist Bomb Plot. This leak revealed that U.S. national security agencies had foiled a sophisticated bomb plot timed for the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. This leak was no doubt intended as a pat on the back to make the president appear to be a strong anti-terrorism commander-in-chief. Additional leaks about the operation revealed that the U.S. had planted a spy in al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate organization, thereby threatening on-going operations and putting U.S. sources at risk. If this operation is compromised, America is at greater risk of an attack by terrorists.
• President’s “Kill List.” This leak revealed that President Obama was involved in developing a list of terrorists targeted for assassination, no doubt an attempt to cast the president in the mold of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry. Not only does a leak of this sort tip off those who are on the list, it undermines America’s credibility with its allies, governments that—as a result of the leaks—will wonder if they can trust America with secret information. If our allies begin to withhold critical information, America’s threat level increases correspondingly.
• Pakistani Physician. This leak identified the Pakistani physician who helped U.S. forces locate Osama bin Laden’s hideout, and was the result of that old World War II slogan: “Loose lips sink ships.” The physician in question, Dr. Shakil Afridi, has since been sentenced to 33 years in prison by the Pakistani government. If America’s Pakistani sources dry up as a result of this leak, America becomes even more susceptible to terrorist attacks.
A traitor is an individual who commits treason. Treason is any purposeful act to help a foreign entity harm America. Has President Obama aided foreign entities (terrorist organizations) by purposefully arranging leaks for the purpose of promoting his re-election? Are these leaks sufficient to warrant the charge of treason? Is Barack Obama a traitor? I am not an attorney, but I am an American citizen and a voter and I know what I think. In November 2012, Barack Obama will answer for his actions—if not before—and I plan to join my fellow Americans in the voting booth as we sit on his jury.