Since when did it become “treason” to raise concerns about “deadly pathogen” research?
US-backed Ukrainian bio-labs are a fair-game issue, regardless of Russian propaganda
Former Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard certainly thinks so. Others, like Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), not so much. In a grandstanding (and potentially libelous—oh wait, “FREE SPEECH!”) Twitter takedown yesterday, Romney called Gabbard’s recent remarks on the subject “treasonous lies.” Calling someone a liar is one thing—calling that same someone, who also happens to be a military veteran, a “traitor” is a whole other ballgame, especially when you’re the one who’s doing the lying. (This is the same Senator Mitt Romney, by the way, who once made a speech grandiosely denouncing then-Presidential contender Donald Trump as evil incarnate, only to then suck up to him, once Trump won the election, in a sniveling campaign to become his Secretary of State, a role that went to Rex Tillerson.)
There was a time when Walter Cronkite could go on air to criticize US policy in Vietnam—heck, “Hanoi” Jane Fonda actually did commit what many consider treason when she pulled a true “Tokyo Rose” act on her visit to Vietnam, broadcasting against US troops while they were serving in direct combat there. Cronkite’s broadcasts even landed him on a KGB-friendly list (without his knowledge), as the Soviet Union rolled as much money into fueling anti-war sentiment in the United States as they did arming the NVA and Viet Cong. Cronkite was no traitor. Neither was Edward R. Murrow when he called out Senator Eugene McCarthy for going after “communists” who at the time allegedly supported the repugnant regimes of Stalin and Mao. Neither was Michael Moore when he spoke out against a “fictitious war” that was about to go down in Iraq—and turned out, like Vietnam, to be a disaster. And neither is Gabbard. Especially when it comes to a Cuban Missile Crisis-level conflict that could unleash nuclear war—or now, as it turns out, “deadly pathogens.”
And, by the way, since when did it become “treason,” legally or otherwise, to counter or criticize the White House narrative or policies on a country with which we are not even at war while they conduct warfare against a non-NATO member? (Not that it should merit such Gestapo or KGB-like retribution either way.) What next? Criticize Saudi policy in Yemen and find yourself on the next plane to Riyadh to become the 82nd person that (acceptably) despotic regime beheads in a single week?
Speaking of which, how’s that call to MBS for more oil coming?