Huffington Posts Calls for Overthrow of US Government

The Captain’s Quarters posts that Martin Lewis of the Huffington Post has published an article calling for the Military to overthrow the government of the United States. This act of Treason (High Treason is more the line) is spectacular in that it comes from a source of the Mass Liberal Media.

I think this should be considered an act of treason and Mr. Lewis should be arrested and tried for treason against the people of the United State of America.

Captain’s Quarters has a good summary of the legality of Lewis’ plea to the military to instigate a coup…

The Huffington Post published a plea to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs today to arrest George Bush for “conduct unbecoming” — essentially, a military coup against the elected government of the United States. Martin Lewis claims that the military can arrest a President while not conducting a coup d’etat by focusing only on his role as Commander in Chief of the military:

General Pace – you have the power to fulfill your responsibility to protect the troops under your command. Indeed you have an obligation to do so.You can relieve the President of his command.

Not of his Presidency. But of his military role as Commander-In-Chief. …

In addition to relieving him of his command as Commander-In-Chief, you also have authority to place the President under MILITARY arrest.

Lewis quotes extensively from the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but clearly his scholarship does not extend to the Constitution. The command of the armed forces follows from the president’s election to office, and cannot be separated from the office itself. Bush isn’t C-in-C because he got appointed to that position, but because the American electorate voted him into that role. In other words, the military cannot arrest the C-in-C but leave the President in power, and to argue otherwise is to demonstrate complete ignorance.

Secondly, the President does not serve at the pleasure of the Joint Chiefs — and indeed, the military is subservient to the civilian command structure. They do not have arrest authority over the President — nor over anyone else in the US other than military personnel, as the Posse Comitatus Act stipulates. Civilian oversight keeps the military from seizing power and is a long and vital tradition in this nation. It’s what keeps us from becoming a banana republic, run by military strongmen.

Lewis wants to turn America into just that kind of nation. His Bush-hatred runs so deep that he would willingly see the military take control over the federal government just to get rid of him. The Left likes to talk about supposed fascism among conservatives, but the Huffington Post is literally calling for a military coup to reverse an election, not only an un-Constitutional act but also the kind of authoritarian rule they supposedly despise.

Unbelievable. (via Memeorandum)

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers! No response from the HuffPo yet, although if you read the comments on the post, Martin Lewis is very serious about this. He claims that the military can arrest Bush while leaving his “civilian” powers intact, but again, those civilian powers include command of the military as an indivisible part of his office.

Plenty of other people post at HuffPo, like Governor Bill Richardson, for instance. Does Gov. Richardson endorse his co-blogger’s demand for a military coup? Shouldn’t he at least go on the record as to what he thinks about it? Will he continue to blog at a site that openly calls for a military coup?

Mr. Lewis’ actual post:

Dear General Pace,

I note with admiration your courage in making clear your private concerns about the safety of the US military and the longterm danger to US national security caused by the President’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the quagmire in Iraq.

Though you are Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President’s principal military advisor – President Bush has shown his disdain for your honesty and wisdom. Though you are a decorated Vietnam war hero – who has served his nation honorably for four decades – the President is dispensing with your services. You have one month left in your position before you are tossed out by the President.

President Bush is going to ignore your advice. Just as he has ignored the advice of other Generals who have had the courage to respectfully point out how terribly wrong he is in respect of the Iraq War and the safety of the US military he is sworn to protect. Highly-decorated colleagues of yours such as General Anthony Zinni (Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command), General Eric Shinseki (Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army) and General John Abizaid (Commander of the U.S. Central Command).

General Pace – you have the power to fulfill your responsibility to protect the troops under your command. Indeed you have an obligation to do so.

You can relieve the President of his command.

Not of his Presidency. But of his military role as Commander-In-Chief.

You simply invoke the Uniform Code Of Military Justice.

The United States Code: Title 10, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 47, Subchapter X, Section 934.

Article 134 reads:

“Though not specifically mentioned in this chapter, all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty, shall be taken cognizance of by a general, special, or summary court-martial, according to the nature and degree of the offense, and shall be punished at the discretion of that court.”

Article 133 reads:

“Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

A gentleman is understood to have a duty to avoid dishonest acts, displays of indecency, lawlessness, dealing unfairly, indecorum, injustice, or acts of cruelty.

To be crystal clear – I am NOT advocating or inciting you to undertake any illegal act, insurrection, mutiny, putsch or military coup. You are an honorable patriotic man.

I am NOT advocating or inciting you to interfere with any of the civilian duties of the President. That would not be a legal action by you.

However you have the legal responsibility – under Article 134 of the Uniform Code Of Military Justice – to protect the troops under your command by relieving the President of his MILITARY command.

If you have reason to believe that the President is responsible for “disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces” and for “conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital” then you have the obligation to act.

In addition to relieving him of his command as Commander-In-Chief, you also have authority to place the President under MILITARY arrest.

Article 7 of the Uniform Code Of Military Justice specifically says:

(b) Any person authorized under regulations governing the armed forces to apprehend persons subject to this Code may do so upon reasonable belief that an offense has been committed and that the person apprehended committed it.
(c) All officers, warrant officers, petty officers, and noncommissioned officers shall have authority to quell all quarrels, frays, and disorders among persons subject to this Code and to apprehend persons subject to this Code who take part in the same.I understand that it would not be an action to undertake lightly.

In all your 39 years of service you have shown total loyalty to the chain of command.

However, given the current imperilment of US troops, and the “Conduct Unbecoming Of An Officer And A Gentleman” of this President – you have a greater responsibility to your nation, your code of honor and to the US Constitution.

I wish you well as you prepare to undertake the most heroic action of your distinguished career.

General Pace – please save the US.

Respectfully yours,

Martin Lewis

As a note, Mr. Lewis, President is Commander and Chief of the military via the Constitution of the United State of America, not the Uniform Code 0f Military Justice. Therefore the President is exempt from the UCMJ, as the President is a civilian not a member of the Military.

The Ace at Polipundit has a bit more to say…

I actually feel kind of bad calling this guy ignorant, he’s not an American, so we’ll just say he’s dumb. The UCMJ doesn’t apply to the President as he’s not part of the military. Of course anyone with half a brain and google could figure this out. Further, this clown doesn’t seem to understand that the President can’t be “relieved of his command” by Pace, Pelosi, the martians, or the Hale Bop comet. Finally, he also doesn’t get that such an action or an attempt at this action would be illegal. He’s in the comments section saying there is a “conflict between the Constitution and the Uniform Code Of Military Justice.”
Well, no there isn’t and since he doesn’t understand this, he probably should shut up. Liberals rarely have such sense however.

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