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“The federal law against seditious conspiracy can be found in Title 18 of the U.S. Code (which includes treason, rebellion, and similar offenses), specifically 18 U.S.C. § 2384. According to the statutory definition of sedition, it is a crime for two or more people within the jurisdiction of the United States:

1. To conspire to overthrow or destroy by force the government of the United States or to level war against them;

2. To oppose by force the authority of the United States government; to prevent, hinder, or delay by force the execution of any law of the United States; or

3. To take, seize, or possess by force any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof.”

Sedition is one step from outright treason, which is defined in the constitution as taking up arms against the United States of America.

I would like to hear from anyone who can tell me why the President did not commit sedition, why the mob he incited did not commit sedition, and why those carrying arms into the capitol building did not commit treason.

Sedition carries serious criminal penalties and is a felony. I see no reason that Donald J. Trump and his benighted followers should not be locked up and kept locked up darned near forever. It may be that there is a fine line between sedition and insanity, but Trump has gone so far that the line is no longer fine.

I would like to use stronger language, but as a veteran and a former police officer — and a former newspaper and magazine columnist — I would not dilute my message by setting fire to it. Instead, I will be brief: In regard to Trump, lock him up. And please throw away the key.

Bruce Tonkin,


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