Half of the US Senate Just Committed Felonies, Could Face 3 Years in Prison


by Nick Bernabe

Congress has really outdone itself this time. On Monday, neoconservative Republicans in the Senate were apparently so eager to go to war with Iran that they broke a federal law known as the Logan Act in the process. The Logan Act has been around since 1799 and has remained mostly unchanged, created to keep rogue members of Congress from undermining foreign relations.

How did Senate Republicans violate the Logan Act? Well they did that by being war mongers. But more specifically, when 47 members of Congress signed onto a letter that was sent to Iranian officials in an attempt to undermine the peace deal with Iran, they clearly violated the act — and also all committed felonies. According to Cornell University, the act reads:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

And the precedent has already been clearly set. In the case United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936), Justice Sutherland wrote in the majority opinion:

The President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude, and Congress itself is powerless to invade it.

The Republicans, who so often talk of the Constitution almost as highly as they talk of their support for Israel, seem to have trampled over the document multiple times in as many weeks. You see, when they invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak to Congress, they were also in violation of the Logan Act then too. John Boehner is mostly at fault for the Netanyahu fiasco, though, so he’s the only member of the House that should prosecuted for that.

However, 47 members of the US Senate — all Republicans — have clearly violated the Logan Act, and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Three years in prison for 47 members of our war mongering Congress? I would support that. The real question is: will enough Americans stand up and carry out the laws that are written plain as day in the Constitution, or will we simply sit back and expect the government to punish itself?

President Obama, who himself has shown little to no respect for the Constitution, seems to have no interest in prosecuting the war mongering 47, so that’s up to us to carry out. A petition to charge the Senators has already racked up over 40,000 signatures overnight (UPDATE: the petition has now surpassed 100,000 signatures, which means the White House will have to respond to it).

However, Citizen’s arrest seems to be a more effective plan of action than petitioning. These 47 men committed felonies and should be charged just as any one of us regular folks would be when we commit a crime. Who should we arrest first? John McCain or Lindsey Graham?

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2 Comments on Half of the US Senate Just Committed Felonies, Could Face 3 Years in Prison

  1. Margaret Coffey – Please look at where the article came from before you continue to accuse TLB of omissions! WE DID NOT WRITE IT. And it is a topic specific article, NOT a book so not everything in history can be included. Please go back to the site of origin (clearly indicated at the bottom of the article) for your omissions critism. Thanks TLB

  2. TLB left out how Obama is using tax money from the State Dept. to send a number of his top supporters from his campaigns to Israel to run a campaign to oust Netanyahu…when did we agree to pay taxes to overthrow the government of a friend. You also forgot to mention the $5Billion he allowed the State Dept. to spend to overthrow the elected govt. of Ukraine and install his puppets…admitted publicly and bragged about by Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland for reasons I won’t spend space explaining…also Ted Kennedy wrote to Gorbachov during the time and Reagan were discussing a peace treaty….oh conveniently forgotten by you…then there were a number of Democrats who wrote to Castro during Reagan’s Presidency addressing their letter: Dear Commandante…..telling Castro not to worry we will work against Reagan…then there was Clinton and Secretary of State Allbright who contacted a number of Nations stating don’t worry about the Bill Congress just passed and Clinton signed….we will gradually work against it and in steps will reverse it. How about Obama funneling $450million to the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood through our Embassy in Cairo without any notification to Congress about his actions to overthrow Mubarak of Egypt and install a terrorist organization which now has officials in the White House, State Dept., FBI, DHS….I could give more information but there won’t be enough room.
    The Senators who signed that letter I am sure did so because they and the people have been double crossed by Obama. OH BY THE WAY
    he is not negotiating a TREAT so your accusations are not correct….John Kerry today said it was not…it was simply a POLICY. Margaret Coffey

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