A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.
An enemy at the gates is less formidable for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely.
His sly whispers rustling through all the alleys; heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor.
He speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments.
He appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation.
He works secretly and unknown in the night …to undermine the pillars of the city.
He infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.
Noun: The BETRAYAL of allegiance toward one’s own country, especially by committing hostile acts against it or AIDING its enemies in committing such acts.
Title 18 USC 2381
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against THEM or adheres to THEIR enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.