Treason and human shields

Max Sawicky jumps on my comment about the vulnerability of Americans serving as “human shields” to charges of treason. On reflection, I doubt such action meets the Constitutional definition, unless it could be shown that the person so acting is “adhering to” the Iraqi cause (for example, by taking directions from Iraqi officials about where to stand). Not, if you think about it, a question very likely to arise in practice, but that doesn’t make my original comment any less incorrect.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: