Mar 1, 2017

Of all the crimes defined by law, only one is mentioned in the U.S. Constitution: Treason! This distinction, however, was not meant to deter dissent, but rather to protect it. Knowing well how England had levied the charge against those whose voices they found subversive, our founders sought to ensure the citizens of their newly formed nation would always be free to disagree with the government.

But has this idealism been upheld over the years? And where, even in a country which promotes liberty and free speech, should the line be drawn? Some say recent activities by the Trump administration amount to treason, but while laws may have been broken, treason is unlikely to be one of them.

This hour we speak with historians and legal experts about the crime of treason.


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Colin McEnroe  and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.