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Punishments for Treason

Punishments for Treason

Q 3015 …you don’t exactly forget about a formal directive to investigate Hillary Clinton signed by Jeff Sessions…

Considering the public evidence of crimes committed by Hillary, I thought some of you may want to know some historical consequences of others convicted of Treason. Well…

[VIDEO 1 Treason As Defined…]

1. Philip Vigol and John Mitchell, sentenced to hanging; pardoned by George Washington.

2. John Fries, the leader of Fries' Rebellion, convicted of treason in 1800, and pardoned that same year by John Adams.

3. Charles T. Gulick (1841–1897), former cabinet minister and Robert William Wilcox (1855–1903), military leader, later delegate to US Congress. The Republic of Hawaii government had one trial for treason after the failed 1895 Counter-Revolution in Hawaii. Those charged were found guilty, but pardoned after serving time in prison.

4. Governor Thomas Dorr 1844, convicted of treason against the state of Rhode Island; released in 1845; civil rights restored in 1851; verdict annulled in 1854. [VIDEO 2 The Battle of Blair Mountain]

5. Walter Allen was convicted of treason on September 16, 1922 for taking part in the 1921 Miner's March with the coal companies and the US Army on Blair Mountain, West Virginia. He was sentenced to 10 years and fined. During his appeal to the Supreme Court he disappeared while out on bail.

6. United Mineworkers of America leader William Blizzard was acquitted of the charge of treason by the jury on May 25, 1922.

7. Max Hans and Erna Haupt German-born Chicago residents Max and Erna Haupt were convicted of treason after sheltering their son, the Nazi spy Herbert Haupt, who returned to the US after becoming a saboteur. Max admitted that he knew his son was working for the Nazis when he agreed to let him return to the family’s home, and although his son was executed via electrocution for the crime, it was his parents who were convicted of treason.

“Breach of Allegiance” noted that although the Haupts appealed their treason convictions up to the Supreme Court, neither were successful, resulting in both of them being deported back to Germany.

8. Martin James Monti, United States Army Air Forces pilot, convicted of treason for defecting to the Waffen SS in 1944. He was paroled in 1960.

9. Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who is frequently identified by the name "Tokyo Rose", convicted 1949. Subsequently, pardoned by President Gerald Ford.

10. Mildred Gillars, also known as "Axis Sally", convicted of treason on March 8, 1949; served 12 years of a 10- to 30-year prison sentence.

11. Tomoya Kawakita, sentenced to death for treason in 1952, but eventually released by President John F. Kennedy to be deported to Japan.

12. Herbert John Burgman, convicted of treason in 1949 during WWII for spreading Nazi propaganda, and he died on December 16, 1953 while still in prison from pneumonia.

13. Robert Best: During World War II, a number of Americans were tried in absentia and convicted of being propagandists for Axis powers. “Robert Best, Edward Delaney, Ezra Pound, Jane Anderson, Fred Kaltenbach, Constance Drexel, Douglas Chandler, and Max Otto Koischwitz were all indicted, in absentia, for treason against the United States in June 1943.” Of those eight, only South Carolina-born Nazi propagandist Robert Best was ever convicted, and he served a life term until his death in 1952. Q 2077 They always thought if charges were brought [v. them] they would ultimately be safe. Well, this next group of people found out the hard way.

1. John Brown American abolitionist John Brown, born in 1800, helped lead a slave rebellion on Harpers Ferry, (West) VA in 1859.Known for leading an eponymous slave rebellion, abolitionist John Brown is likely the most famous American executed for treason in US history. Lewis noted in “Breach of Allegiance” that Brown was tried not by the federal government, but by the Commonwealth of Virginia. He led a raid on the West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry (then still a part of Virginia) on October 16, 1859. Intent on radicalizing the slaves there, Brown’s uprising did not turn out as intended — the enslaved people did not take up arms, the white townspeople fought back against him, and he and his fellow raiders were captured by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He was executed by hanging on December 2, 1859, and was memorialized as “a traitor in the south, and a patriot in the north,” Lewis noted.

A unique addendum to the John Brown Rebellion was that a former slave named Shields Green was indicted for treason along with Brown’s other co-conspirators, but was found not guilty because he was not considered an American citizen. The paper noted that although he was spared the treason conviction, Green was still hanged for his role in the failed rebellion shortly after Brown.

2. Aaron Dwight Stevens, took part in John Brown's raid and was executed in 1860 for treason against Virginia.

3. William Mumford: On this day, June 7, 1862, Benjamin Butler ordered William Mumford executed for tearing down the U. S. flag from the Mint in New Orleans.

During the Civil War, Lewis’ paper noted, a professional gambler named William Mumford who lived in New Orleans was the only person formally convicted of treason. Mumford, angered by the replacement of the Confederate flag with an American one at the city’s US Mint building following the Navy’s capture of the state, scaled a flagpole and removed the flag.

“For this action, he was tried by military tribunal on the grounds of treason,” the paper noted. “His overt act was found to be the desecration of the American flag, and since the United States contended the southern states were still a part of the Union, Mumford was a U.S. citizen who owed allegiance to the country.”

Mumford was executed by hanging on June 7, 1862 from the same scaffolding at the Mint building where he’d torn down the flag.

4. Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt On This Day: Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt was executed (1865) for her role as a conspirator in President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. She was the first woman to be executed by the U.S. federal government.

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt was both the first woman executed in the United States and the first convicted of treason for her role in the aiding and abetting of John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. She was executed by hanging along with three co-conspirators in the District of Columbia on July 7, 1865.

5. Herbert Haupt and the other seven "U-Boat Raiders" were sent to Washington, D.C., where they faced a military tribunal. All were found guilty of being enemy agents, and even though they had not carried out any sabotage, six – including Haupt – were sentenced to death. Dasch and Burger received long prison sentences, which were commuted to deportation after the war.

Haupt, Edward Kerling, Hermann Neubauer, Werner Thiel, Heinrich Heinck, and Richard Quirin were all executed on August 8, 1942 in the District of Columbia's electric chair. It was the largest mass execution by electrocution ever conducted.

Haupt was buried with the five others in the Potter's Field in Blue Plains, D.C. The graves were originally marked by wooden boards with numbers, but eventually a small monument was placed over the graves in 1982. Government officials removed the monument, leaving those buried at Blue Plains in unmarked graves in a wooded, fenced-in area.

6. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, a married couple convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in 1951, were put to death in the electric chair on June 19, 1953. Their dual execution marked the dramatic finale of the most controversial espionage case of the Cold War. Specifically, they were accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

Hmmm…sounds a lot like the Clinton Uranium One Scandal to me.

Q2077 Does HRC care about you? If she cared about protecting you… Would she sell out America’s secrets and Uranium to China/Russia? Q


Video Sources:


Treason As Defined by the United States Constitution - by L A Brunson 0:53

BBMGVideoNews Published on Nov 25, 2011


The Battle of Blair Mountain - NHD District Level Izaak Weiss Published on Mar 11, 2012 0:58 - 2:29


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