Treason in Times Square

ABC News reported on June 21st about the Times Square bomber’s guilty plea. Here are some statements Faisal Shahzad’s made at his trial:

“One has to understand where I’m coming from,” Shahzad said calmly. “I consider myself … a Muslim soldier.”

Shahzad answered: “Well, the drone hits in Afghanistan and Iraq, they don’t see children, they don’t see anybody. They kill women, children, they kill everybody. It’s a war, and in war, they kill people. They’re killing all Muslims.”

Later, he added: “I am part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people. And, on behalf of that, I’m avenging the attack.”

Article 3 Section 3 of the US Constitution defines treason and the requirements for a conviction:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Is Faisal Shahzad a traitor? He claims to be at war against the US and he’s done so in open court. Someone in the White House press press corps should ask the White House if they intend to pursue charges of treason.