Gadahn's a Traitor - What about Hanoi Jane?
Much to the delight of those of us who thought that the legal concept of treason was dead in the water in these politically correct times, American convert to Islam and al-Qaeda propagandist Adam Gadahn is being charged with treason and providing material support to al-Qaeda.
Otherwise known as aka Azzam al-Amriki or "Azzam the American," Gadahn's anti-Western video rants on behalf of al-Qaeda have become an all too familiar sight these days. Not to mention his call for Americans to convert to Islam or die and for authors such as Robert Spencer, Steven Emerson and Daniel Pipes to repent their infidel ways.
Unfortunately, Gadahn is not yet in custody, but unlike the slap on the wrist jail time meted out to "American Taliban" (or "Rat Boy" according to Michael Savage) Johnny Walker Lindh, at least he's actually being called what he is - a traitor.
Now if we could just do the same for actress and liberal activist Jane Fonda whose 1972 broadcasts on Radio Hanoi have just been made available by the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
WWII had its Tokyo Rose and the Vietnam War had its Hanoi Jane.
Fonda recorded 19 propaganda interviews for the "Vietnamese Committee of Solidarity with the American People." Mostly, they consisted of attempts to demonize and demoralize American soldiers, paint America as the bad guy and the Vietnamese Communists as freedom fighters, and in a nauseatingly familiar gesture, equate then President Richard Nixon with Adolph Hitler (Bushhitler, anyone?). The rhetoric is straight out of the leftist propaganda playbook and still being used today by the likes of Cindy Sheehan, Harry Belafonte, Medea Benjamin, et al.
Leftist author and professor extrordinaire Noam Chomsky (a favorite of dictators and Islamic terrorists worldwide) also paid a visit to Hanoi in the 1970's and found time to deliver his own fawning speech to Vietnamese Communism on Radio Hanoi (hat tip: Tim Starr).
The activities of other so-called antiwar activists such as Tom Hayden, Joan Baez and yes, John Kerry, also bordered on treasonous, a subject I wrote about a while back in a column titled "The Left's Vietnam Syndrome."
But unlike Adam Gadahn, none dare call it treason.
Or do they?
Update (9/09): Unfortunately, it looks like the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation website no longer exists and hence, the link I provided above to Jane Fonda's Radio Hanoi broadcasts is defunct. Please go to Winter Soldier instead.