Where Are The Sedition Charges Now O'Reilly By: Steve - April 19, 2010 - 8:30am
Over the weekend I saw that Joe Klein made a statement that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are close to being guilty of Sedition. Here is the video:
Which got me thinking back to the days when George W. Bush was the president, and O'Reilly claimed everyone on the left was guilty of Treason, or Sedition. Back then O'Reilly would say that if you speak out against the Government, and call for revolution, you are guilty of Treason, and or Sedition. I remembered that he even once did a segment with a legal expert asking if Ward Churchill was guilty of Treason, when the legal expert said no, O'Reilly asked if they could get him for Sedition.
At the time, it was the opinion of Bill O'Reilly that anyone who speaks out against the government during a time of war, is guilty of Treason, or at least Sedition. So I went back and looked in my blog archives to see what O'Reilly said, here is what I wrote:
2-8-05 -- Bill O'Reilly showed his true right-wing colors. Mr.great neo-con American Bill O'Reilly interviewed Grege Noone, Former. Judge Advocate General about Professor Ward Churchill and the controversial statements he made about the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Big bad Bill not only wants Mr. Churchill fired, he wants him charged with treason and sedition. Why, for killing someone, child molesting, rape, no, no, no, because Mr. Churchill dared to exercise his free speech rights, he dared to say something Mr. all American Bill O'Reilly don't like.
So much for the 1st amendment, the constitution, and the bill of rights, they are meaningless to O'Reilly when you say something he don't like. Talk about ridiculous, only a nut would call for the man to be fired and tried for treason for exercising his free speech rights. Thank God Judge Noone understands the constitution and the law, and he informed O'Reilly there is no case for treason or sedition. Ann Coulter would be proud of you Bill, I never thought it could happen, but you have topped the insane Ann Coulter, be proud Bill you have crossed the line into the twilight zone. Nobody should be fired or charged with treason for speech, period. Here is the partial transcript:
O'REILLY: OK, would you -- the last treason case was brought in 1949 in the USA. Do you think that Churchill runs the risk of being tried for treason here?
NOONE: In my opinion, Bill, no. There have been only been 30 prosecutions in the history of the United States. The last eight or so related to World War II, what you're talking about.
O'REILLY: All right, he's not there yet. All right, let's go to sedition, a federal crime supporting revolution against the government. Certainly he's doing that, or supporting an enemy of the nation in time of war through speeches, publications, and organizations. Certainly he's doing that.
The problem is we're not in a time of war because Congress hasn't declared war.
O'REILLY: Can you get him on sedition anyway?
NOONE: No, I don't think we can. I mean, you know, this guy -- I think the only thing we can charge him with at this point is exceeding his 15 minutes of fame and give him a one-way ticket back to obscurity. This is guy is not someone who's going to rise to the level of treason or sedition.
Notice that O'Reilly wants to put Professor Ward Churchill on trial for treason, for saying George W. Bush let 9-11 happen. So the legal expert says that is not treason, mostly because Congress has not declared war. So then O'Reilly says can we get him for Sedition anyway, showing just how bad O'Reilly hated Ward Churchill.
Now fast forward to 2009, president Obama gets elected and every right-wing nut in America is speaking out against President Obama, including Bill O'Reilly. You even have people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin on the edge of calling for an armed revolution against the government.
And btw, in June of 2005 Responding to comments by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) regarding the treatment of detainees at Gitmo, O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: And when he [Durbin] went out there, his intent was to whip up the American public against the Bush detainee policy. That's what his intent was. His intent wasn't to undermine the war effort, because he never even thought about it. He never even thought about it. But by not thinking about it, he made an egregious mistake because you must know the difference between dissent from the Iraq war and the war on terror and undermining it.
And any American that undermines that war, with our soldiers in the field, or undermines the war on terror, with 3,000 dead on 9-11, is a traitor.
Everybody got it? Dissent, fine; undermining, you're a traitor. Got it? So, all those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care, couldn't care less.
So in 2005 O'Reilly wanted all the liberals at Air America, and the Democratic Senator Dick Durbin arrested for Treason. Simply because they disagreed with Bush, and because Dick Durbin spoke out against the Gitmo detention policy.
But this time O'Reilly does not call for Beck, or Palin, or Limbaugh, or even himself to be arrested for treason or sedition. Because now the Republicans are doing it, so now it's ok with O'Reilly.
This is a great example of the right-wing bias from Bill O'Reilly. When liberals speak out against a REPUBLICAN President while we are at war, O'Reilly wants them all put on trial for treason or sedition, even though Congress has never declared war.
But when conservatives speak out against a DEMOCRATIC President while we are at war, O'Reilly says nothing about treason or sedition. Because it's all his friends doing it, and he is doing it too. If we followed the O'Reilly rules of treason and sedition, Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Beck, Palin, Gingrich, Rove, everyone at Fox News, and O'Reilly himself would all be guilty.
It just goes to show you what a biased right-wing hack O'Reilly is. Which is why I went back and looked up what O'Reilly said about dissent in 2005 when we had a Republican President. Just to show everyone what a dishonest fraud O'Reilly is when it comes to dissent.
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