by Scoobie Davis
Whose Treason Was Worse?
David Horowitz’s new blog is a trip. Yesterday, Horowitz commented on John Walker Lindh’s prison sentence: “But personally, I wish John Walker Lindh had been shot.”
Although, I view al-Qaeda’s ideology as antithetical to every value I hold dear, I think the sentence Lindh received was condign. However, Lindh’s treason is babyshit compared to Horowitz’s self-admitted treason from the 1970’s. Horowitz admitted that in the middle of the Cold War, he published secrets that violated the Espionage Act. Horowitz’s actions were treacherous in that he undermined US intelligence by publishing information that alerted the Soviet Union that US intelligence had cracked their codes. Also, Horowitz’s treason was wussy to boot. Before publishing, he consulted a law professor who told him how to avoid prosecution for violating the Espionage Act--making Horowitz, unlike Lindh, a no-risk traitor.
7/06 Update: Hi to all of you who were reading Joe Conason's Salon article, "The state secrets that weren't secret." When I wrote similar comments about David's self-admitted treason on the HorowitzWatch blog, David became a bit unhinged and accused me of living "to betray my country" and that I was "friends" with the communists who slaughtered two and a half million Indochinese people. Damn, how did David find out about my many nights of hanging with Pol Pot and his gang? I've partied with Jack Nicholson but I have to make the following confession: you've never lived until you've kicked it with the Kymer Rouge.