>>573587 You don't need to be. When your government says, "We ain't going to war with <Group A>." and "<Group B> are terrorists who we will not negotiate with."... And then some guy is part of a plot to sell arms to <Group B> to pay for a secret war with <Group A>. That guy commited treason, regardless of which constitution you're under.
>>573618 There is no such thing as "high treason" in US law, there is only "treason." That is defined as:
>Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
I guess it's up to you to decide whether selling weapons to the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose proxy (Hezbollah) was currently holding US hostages, constitutes giving an enemy "aid and comfort."
The actual charges North and co. were brought up on were things like obstruction of justice, perjury, and so on, because they effectively concealed the evidence for their involvement (so most of the charges were about concealing the evidence, not about the Iran-Contra acts as such).
If this had happened today, some of them might have been brought up on material support for terrorism charges, but those didn't exist before the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001.
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