In 2009 I decided to speak publicly about the abuse and torture that I took part in and witnessed while serving as a guard at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp in 2002. Many on the right accused me of committing treason when I exposed the human rights violations and atrocities taking place. As a soldier I was bound by my oath that I would “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same....” The president is also bound by the same oath.
The Constitution of the United States - Article 3, Section 3 - defines treason as levying war against the USA and/or aiding enemies of the USA. The United States of America defines itself as being a free country as a result of our democratic process. Therefore, a threat to our democratic process is a direct threat to our freedom. Thus, a foreign entity who is found to be undermining our democratic process is by this definition an enemy of the United States, and a U.S. citizen found to be colluding with said entity is by definition committing treason.
It looks very likely to me that President Trump has taken part in treasonous activities, but the same people on the right who called for my imprisonment are remaining silent on the issue this time, which demonstrates their hypocrisy and political bias.
In an email exchange between Donald Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone on June 3 2016, Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr. that the Crown prosecutor of Russia had offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia “and would be very useful to your father.”
On June 9 2016 Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian government lawyer inside Trump Tower to receive what he perceived to be official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary Clinton. On the same day as the meeting between Don Jr. and the Russian lawyer, presidential candidate Trump tweeted out “Where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?” In my opinion either Donald Trump Jr. is the stupidest guy alive and unknowingly committed treason, or he knowingly committed treason.
The United States of America is supposed to be the beacon of light upon the hill that guides other democracies around the world. However, if our own democracy has been compromised by the POTUS himself, then we cannot still define ourselves as the land of the free. We can however still be the home of the brave by impeaching President Trump and reclaiming our democracy.