Article III of the US Constitution defines treason:
But how is a person actually charged with treason? Are there statutes that cover this crime? If not, is the person charged with “violating the constitution”? I’m interested in understanding the precise legal mechanics involved, not what a layman might call “treason”.
Anyone have any idea when this statute was enacted? According wikipedia, only 40 people have been charged with treason in the history of the US. That’s charged, not convicted. Is this statute the whole thing?
During time of war there are some stricter limits to free speech, mainly concerning “Seditious Speech”. Biggest example I can think of is during World War I when the leaders of the Socialist Party in Oklahoma were imprisoned for seditious speech. IIRC, you’d only get nabbed for this if you were advocating overthrowing the government or seriously hindering the war effort. Basic rule of thumb, you can say the war is a bad idea, you can’t say that people should blow up the Pentagon during said war.