Broadcaster Glenn Beck says that President Barack Obama’s decision to waive a provision of a federal law amounts to treason. The provision Obama waived removes a ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition.
The Blaze quoted Beck, “Just so we are all clear on this, let me read article 3, section 3 of the US Constitution about treason.” He read, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
Some parts of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic groups, including al Qaeda, who were responsible for the September 11th attacks in 2001.
Beck interpreted Obama’s waivement of the ban as a confession of guilt. He said, “But by him waiving this law, he has admitted that he knows he is giving aid and comfort to a global terrorist organization, because there’s no other reason to waive that law!”
Obama cited his authority under the Arms Export Control Act when he waived the ban. Under this act the president may waive prohibition of weapon sales if he “determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States.”
Beck noted that Obama may waive the law and engage in military action if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were identified as an immediate threat to the US. However, in an interview with CNN Obama said that Assad is not a threat.
Beck invited Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, to speak on his show. Gaffney said about Obama, “At a minimum, he is aiding unspecified terrorists and in practice, because the principle terrorist elements in Syria at the moment are Al Qaeda and their kissing cousins . . . the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Under the Arms Export Control Act the Obama Administration must give Congress a list of the weapons, the recipients, anticipated use, and why the transaction is key to US security interests at least fifteen days before transferring the weapons.