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When my co-author and I wrote "Aid and Comfort": Jane Fonda in North Vietnam (to order click here), about whether her 1972 trip to Hanoi and her activities there constituted treason, we had no idea that this arcane "grandmother of all crimes" — ignored since World War II — would ever again seize public attention as it has recently, because of the conduct of John Walker [Lindh].

As I watched the print and electronic media coverage of the Walker case, I was appalled by the ignorance displayed not only by the media, but by pundits and politicians — even lawyers — as they pontificated about the legal aspects of the case. Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of misinformation bandied about — not only on the subject of treason — but on other crimes of which Walker may be guilty as well.

In an attempt to set the record straight, I used this website as the means of communicating my thoughts about the case. While Walker's fate was being resolved, I provided relevant information and analysis on this website about both the legal and political aspects of the case. Taliban John pleaded out, and is now doing twenty years.