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Belafonte reasserts Bush 'worst terrorist': Defends remarks (treason alert)
Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 01/13/2006

Posted on 01/13/2006 8:15:28 AM PST by SirLinksalot

Belafonte reasserts Bush 'worst terrorist' Defends remarks, saying press ignores 'our side of the agenda'

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© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Harry Belafonte in interview yesterday Following an appearance at a luncheon with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., yesterday, entertainer Harry Belafonte defended his description of President Bush as the world's worst terrorist, insisting he only was being truthful and was prompting the press to cover a "side of the agenda" it ignores.

Sunday, Belafonte told Venezuela's communist-leaning President Hugo Chavez, "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution."

Yesterday, after the Children's Defense Fund luncheon, the legendary calypso singer told reporters his comments were an attempt to "stimulate curiosity that comes from particularly the press so that we may have some kind of public debate on issues that we very rarely hear from our side of the agenda."

Belafonte's comments were broadcast on the Fox News Channel, shown in this video clip provided by National Review's Media Blog

So when I make my remarks, they may stir up controversy," Belafonte continued, "but then it's time to talk about new definitions, new points of view."

The reporter then asked Belafonte, "Some (of your comments) are a little over the top, you must admit?"

"Over whose top?" he replied.

The reporter clarified that the comments were regarded as "pretty outrageous."

"Outrageous?" Belafonte exclaimed, adding, "of course" he was only being "truthful," not outrageous.

As WorldNetDaily reported, a black activist called Belafonte's meeting with Chavez and remarks about Bush treasonous.

Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, said Belafonte's "hatred of President Bush is causing him to embrace America's enemies."

The Venezuelan leader's strengthening of ties with communist dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba has caused concern in the Bush administration.

Peterson called Chavez "a brutal, paranoid dictator with nuclear ambitions who wants nothing more than to destroy the U.S."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: belafonte; bush; leftists; terrorist

1 posted on 01/13/2006 8:15:30 AM PST by SirLinksalot
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To: SirLinksalot

I don't think it is treason or that it is wise for us to call it treason when someone criticizes the President, even if we believe that the criticism is untrue and hurts the morale of the country and the troops.


2 posted on 01/13/2006 8:17:48 AM PST by gondramB (Democracy: two wolves and a lamb voting on lunch. Liberty: a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: SirLinksalot
Let's see how close Hillary gets to ole Harry.

We'll see if she gets close enough for a campaign picture?

3 posted on 01/13/2006 8:19:45 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: SirLinksalot

Day light come and he just won't shut up.


4 posted on 01/13/2006 8:19:54 AM PST by atomicpossum (If I don't reply, don't think you're winning. I often just don't bother to argue.)
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To: gondramB

3 entries found for treason.
trea·son ( P ) Pronunciation Key (trzn)
n.
Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
A betrayal of trust or confidence.

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman treson, from Latin trditi, trditin-, a handing over. See tradition.]

Main Entry: trea·son
Pronunciation: 'trEz-&noun
Function: noun
Etymology: Anglo-French treison crime of violence against a person to whom allegiance is owed, literally, betrayal, from Old French traïson, from traïr to betray, from Latin tradere to hand over, surrender
: the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war; specifically : the act of levying war against the United States or adhering to or giving aid and comfort to its enemies by one who owes it allegiance —trea·son·ous /-&s/ adjective

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

treason

n 1: a crime that undermines the offender's government [syn: high treason, lese majesty] 2: disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior [syn: subversiveness, traitorousness] 3: an act of deliberate betrayal [syn: treachery, betrayal, perfidy]

Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University


5 posted on 01/13/2006 8:20:11 AM PST by yobid (What we have here is a failure to communicate)
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To: SirLinksalot

Sean Hannity said it best on Fox & Friends this morning - Hillary Clinton was at a fundraising event with Belafonte and could have denounced his remarks... but didn't. Shows you where her loyalties really are - moderate my @$$.


6 posted on 01/13/2006 8:20:38 AM PST by libertarianPA
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To: SirLinksalot
On another thread:

"Sen. Hillary Clinton narrowly avoided political disaster yesterday by staying at least 15 feet away from Harry Belafonte at all times during the Children's Defense Fund lunch in the Rainbow Room. That, presumably, was a safe distance. "

7 posted on 01/13/2006 8:20:46 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: SirLinksalot

Belafonte got what he was after; publicity. No one had heard from him for decades and banana royalties are slim.


8 posted on 01/13/2006 8:20:49 AM PST by Sender (Really. Please. Come on.)
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To: yobid

"Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies."

Speaking and acting are two different things. we have freedom of speech. We do not always have freedom of action.


9 posted on 01/13/2006 8:22:02 AM PST by gondramB (Democracy: two wolves and a lamb voting on lunch. Liberty: a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: TexasCajun

It already happened and she didn't. She was smart enough to stay at least 20 feet from him at all times so no one could take a picture of the two of them together.


10 posted on 01/13/2006 8:22:06 AM PST by libertarianPA
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To: yobid

your definition is appreciated, however you must remember as mr belafonte has told you, new difintions are in order. come on, get with the times, multiculturalism, relativism, self esteem, indigenous peoples rights, all that stuff.


11 posted on 01/13/2006 8:23:48 AM PST by son of caesar (son of caesar)
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To: libertarianPA

Wonder why Harry did bring a date, Cindy Sheehan?


12 posted on 01/13/2006 8:25:08 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: son of caesar

That's right, sorry, I forgot.


13 posted on 01/13/2006 8:25:43 AM PST by yobid (What we have here is a failure to communicate)
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To: SirLinksalot
The reporter then asked Belafonte, "Some (of your comments) are a little over the top, you must admit?"
"Over whose top?" he replied.
The reporter clarified that the comments were regarded as "pretty outrageous."
"Outrageous?"

“Do you always answer a question with a question?”
“A question?”
“Yes, it’s really annoying. Do you want to explain your earlier comments?”
“My comments?”
“Yes, your comments. Are you always such an asshole?”
“An asshole?”

14 posted on 01/13/2006 8:25:48 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Sender

Isn't it a fright when senility sets in?


15 posted on 01/13/2006 8:26:12 AM PST by sarasota
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To: SirLinksalot
Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution.

I liked The Daily Show's take, something along the lines of "I don't think you can find millions of Americans who know where Venezuela is." They really ripped Harry on that episode.

Still, treason? No. Stupid, moronic, in bad taste? Of course.

16 posted on 01/13/2006 8:29:04 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: SirLinksalot
>>...insisting he only was being truthful and was prompting the press to cover a "side of the agenda" it ignores. <<

And which agenda is this? Oh, you mean destroying the nation upon which all our children will have to depend? There's been a lot of outright morons in America in recent years but this old fool has completely surrendered his senses.

Muleteam1

17 posted on 01/13/2006 8:36:35 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: SirLinksalot

“insisting he only was being truthful and was prompting the press to cover a "side of the agenda" it ignores.”



Guess he doesn’t read the NY Slimes or watch an alphabet network.


18 posted on 01/13/2006 8:40:17 AM PST by FMBass (“Now that I’m sober I watch a lot of news” – Garofalo: From “Treason” by Coulter)
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To: yobid
3 entries found for treason.

Meaningless. The only one that has meaning is

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court."
And Venezuela isn't our declared enemy. The list of those tried for treason in this country is short, and all were for direct actions against the US or for giving secrets to or directly materially aiding our enemies. The one treason conviction I know of for making public statements beneficial to the enemy was "Tokyo Rose" (Iva Toguri D'Aquino), and that was questionable and later pardoned.
19 posted on 01/13/2006 8:41:52 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Thank you.


20 posted on 01/13/2006 8:44:22 AM PST by yobid (What we have here is a failure to communicate)
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To: antiRepublicrat

If Belafonte was on my football team, and he was talking smack about the coach, he would be kicked off the team. This country is more important than any football game (go Seahawks), he should be deported and not allowed back in this country.


21 posted on 01/13/2006 8:50:27 AM PST by jeremiah (People wake up, the water is getting hot)
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To: jeremiah
If Belafonte was on my football team, and he was talking smack about the coach, he would be kicked off the team.

That's a football team. This is a country with rule of law.

22 posted on 01/13/2006 8:52:50 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: gondramB

US CODE:

TITLE 18--CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I--CRIMES

CHAPTER 115--TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

Sec. 2381. Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

>>>>>>>>>

I call it treason.

jw


23 posted on 01/13/2006 9:10:29 AM PST by JWinNC (www.anailinhisplace.net)
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To: dead

"A sphincter say what?"


24 posted on 01/13/2006 9:19:01 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: SirLinksalot
Oh, just shut up and sing already, will ya' Harry? Better yet, just shut up.
25 posted on 01/13/2006 9:33:54 AM PST by manwiththehands (Good news for America = bad news for democRats)
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To: antiRepublicrat

There is precendence for deportation and the stripping of US citizenship. There are laws against going outside this country and speaking against it. They haven't been used in a while for sure, but they could be. John Kerry should have been arrested and deported for meeting with parties in France that were negotiating for Peace with the US in the 70's. Jane Fonda should have been arrested. Jesse Jackson and Calypso Louie should have been arrested for going to the ME to meet with enemies.


26 posted on 01/13/2006 9:36:41 AM PST by jeremiah (People wake up, the water is getting hot)
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To: gondramB
Since when does someone's entertainment talent rise to the level of international diplomacy prowess? These would be diplomats who's educational achievements end at most likely the 12th grade are merely posing while the liberal press gives them credibility. LET'S GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK! Conservatives and Republicans need to constantly challenge these inept characters and vilify them whenever they spew their hyperbole and lies.
27 posted on 01/13/2006 10:18:03 AM PST by 7thOF7th (Righteousness is our cause and justice will prevail!)
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To: jeremiah
There is precendence for deportation and the stripping of US citizenship.

Current US law and state department policy says that's not going to happen here. Specifically, a person must perform an action with intent to give up his citizenship. In most cases, that intent must be clearly stated by the person.

The only exceptions are conviction of treason, taking a policy-level office with another country (although not always), or the extremely rare instance where a person violates a law that can result in loss of citizenship and the government decides his actions in doing so were so outrageously inconsistent with citizenship that intent is obvious.

It's also interesting that even stating intent may not be good enough. Marc Rich (Clinton's favorite pardon) continued to use his US passport after officially renouncing citizenship and kept referring to himself as an American. The court held that meant he lacked true intent, was therefore a citizen, and thus subject to a certain lawsuit.

28 posted on 01/13/2006 10:22:38 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: yobid

It's a fine line. To simply say "I think Bush is a bad President and I do not support him" is not treason.

Calling the leader of your own country a terrorist? I don't know...it's damn close to treason if it ain't already.


29 posted on 01/13/2006 10:24:01 AM PST by RockinRight ("It's as if all the brain-damaged people in America got together and formed a voting bloc" - Coulter)
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To: SirLinksalot

Harry Belafonte is an ignorant brainwashed clone. He believes in the Marxist state and lauds Castro, dictator of totalitarian Cuba.

"In 2003, President Castro stated publicly that the universities were open only to those who shared his revolutionary beliefs." -http://wwww.state.gov

CUBA, Marxist Utopia:
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The Government restricted literary and academic freedoms and continued to emphasize the importance of reinforcing revolutionary ideology and discipline at the expense of freedom of expression. The educational system taught that the State's interests took precedence over all other commitments. Academics, government journalists, and other government officials were prohibited from meeting with some diplomats without prior approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Education required teachers to evaluate students' and their parents' ideological character and to place such evaluations in school records. These reports directly affected students' educational and career prospects. Government policy required teaching materials for courses such as mathematics or literature to have an ideological content. Government efforts to undermine dissidents included denying them advanced education and professional opportunities. Government controlled public libraries denied access to books or information if the requestor was unable to produce a letter of permission from the proper government ministry. In 2003, President Castro stated publicly that the universities were open only to those who shared his revolutionary beliefs.
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30 posted on 01/14/2006 5:35:10 AM PST by purpleland (Elegy 9/11/01 Vigilance and Valor! Socialism is the Opiate of Academia)
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To: SirLinksalot

Stop picking on communist Harry Belafonte! He is merely spews what most university professors teach.


31 posted on 01/14/2006 5:41:35 AM PST by purpleland (Elegy 9/11/01 Vigilance and Valor! Socialism is the Opiate of Academia)
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