This is a link to the Espionage Act of 1918. Notice how the word “spy” is hidden inside “espionage”.
I wrote the original version of this on January 3rd, before Trump took office. Nothing has changed except that we have more evidence now of Russian meddling.
On July 27th, 2016, in Doral, Florida, when Donald Trump said “Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails … you will be mightily rewarded by our press”, he was actually in violation of the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1918.
Though much of the Espionage Act seems to refer to communication technology we rarely use any more – the heart and soul of the act is on target and applicable even in these modern times – and rightly so. I am highlighting the phrases that seem damning to Donald Trump.
Whoever, with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury or the United States (to affect the 2016 election) or to the advantage of a foreign nation (Russia/Putin),communicated, delivers, or transmits, or attempts to, or aids, or induces another to, communicate, deliver or transmit, to any foreign government, or to any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, or to any representative (Flynn, Kushner, others) , officer, agent, employee, subject, or citizen thereof, either directly or indirectly and document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blue print, plan, map, model, note, instrument, appliance, or information relating to the national defense, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty years. ……………….
Since Donald Trump invited Russia to hack on national TV, I believe he was guilty of espionage before he even took office. I now believe we should act immediately via the Espionage Act of 1918 and indict him for espionage.
I argue that inviting a foreign body to affect the election via hacking does indeed do harm to the USA. The USA is more than just our communal land, people and resources. The USA is also our way of governance. And the bedrock of our government is our free, fair, unhampered, unhacked elections. Further, an invitation to hack, is tantamount to an invitation to open the back door to a home. Sure, one might enroll a thief “only take stuff that belongs to my opponent”, but in fact, that is not how a hack or a robbery works. Once the door is open, anything can be robbed. And the person who invites that robbery is part of the robbery and is indictable. The invitation to hack itself was a treasonous criminal act.
And for those who say the votes themselves were not affected, including most news reporters, please consider the actual truth, the way the Espionage Act specifies, before you make that blanket statement and kosher this vile act. People’s opinions on candidates were indeed affected by the fake news blitz of the Russians. It was like a mass hypnosis campaign. It was not 100% effective, but it was somewhat effective and effective enough to tip the scales, which is all they needed. So yes, votes were affected. Maybe the machines were not hacked. We are not even sure of that. But the total vote count was affected 100%. That is undeniable.
And that is treason under the espionage act. It is OK to try to affect voter’s minds if you use American sources. It is 100% not OK to employ foreign sources. And there are obviously good reasons for the Espionage Act to exist and be enforced.
An invitation to hack any political election is a criminal seditious act that does harm to the USA.
Now that Trump is in office, he continues to obstruct the investigation into election meddling. I know this is hard for GOP members to swallow. But their figurehead – is effectively a Russian operative.
His track record is damning as well:
1960’s – Trump pays his way through college, and avoids military service with fake foot injury.
1970’s – Trump profits in NY Real estate by moving low income people out of his projects so he could raise prices.
1980’s – Trump opens casinos in Atlantic City, but does not declare profits. Instead he moles cash to Russian banks – declares a billion-dollar loss – and does not have to pay taxes for the entire 1990’s. All AC casinos made substantial profits in the 1980’s except his. Trump says he is smart to not pay taxes.
1990’s, 2000’s – Trump opens fake university. This was tantamount to thievery. He took from people and gave little back. The same casino-owner mentality of taking from your marks – applies to this fake university project. He thinks of people as objects that can be exploited. He thought of women the same way. That was the source of the “grab them by the pussy” remark. Objectifying people is the fingerprint of a sociopath.
2016: Trump says: It all doesn’t matter of we don’t win. And: They only know what you tell them. These two unscripted out bursts tell us that he was prepared to do anything to win. That he thought of the election like a game and he was prepared to cheat to win. It also shows he knows that the media needs to be controlled to fool people.
Our FBI and CIA agree that the Russians meddled in our election to help Trump. It’s also clear the Russians did not like Hillary or Obama because they were strong leaders who took hard lines against Russia and Putin. Putin likes Trump because he has him essentially blackmailed for what he did to help him win, and for past crimes going back to the 1980’s. Why do you really think Trump won’t show his taxes?
It’s time to put down the pretenses. Russian spies are now coming into the country in larger numbers. There is no attempt to stop the Russians. Trump and all who worked with him, including Pence, Tillerson, Sessions and many others – deserve to be in jail not office.
The 2016 election was clearly influenced by the Russians. Now they are sending in more bodies and hackers to affect the 2018 election, so they keep this new fascist America the way Putin wants it. It’s now clear that Trump intends not only to do nothing about the Russian election meddling, but he also intends to thwart all efforts to get to the bottom of this. A reasonable person can only assume Trump is doing this because he and/or his staff were actually involved in the Russian meddling that ultimately helped his cause. Why this is not treason, is beyond me. It may also be that Trump is essentially blackmailed for his past dealings with Russia, be that hacking coordination or general business crimes such as money laundering to avoid paying taxes – something Trump has already bragged about.
Trump would not even pass the basic new citizen’s oath test. “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, … that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
There is a huge difference between Republican voters and the actual GOP. I think and hope the voters are beginning to catch on.
It’s time to Vote Them All Out.
Vote out all Republican politicians who stand with Trump and don’t fully support a swift investigation of the Russian election meddling. These so-called representatives only have their own interests at heart. They are essentially traitors in office. Benedict Arnold was court-marshalled for selling secrets to the English. What Trump did to win an election is much worse. He enrolled Russians to fix an election.
I don’t get why we don’t put him in jail – or have him not be president – until the truth is found out. And why we still allow him to not show his taxes – is just ridiculous.
Anyway, the last hope for American democracy for the foreseeable future occurs in about one year – the election of 2018.