William Barr, John Durham, and James W. Rodgers

Attorney General William Barr and his associate, John Durham, have an extremely difficult task before them.  Their actions may determine if the U.S. will continue as one country. I believe that FAILURE to bring guilty individuals before courts of law and obtain convictions when warranted would result in the de facto destruction of our great Republic.

In my view, I have never seen or even envisioned a situation where so many high level and former high level government officials have willingly entered into the extremely serious crime of treason against our Republic.  While many individuals have stated that there will be far more criminal indictments than the tragedy known as Watergate, the Watergate crimes did not involve the high crime of treason.  Many Watergate criminals were convicted of covering up criminal acts and perjury.  Watergate did not involve the high crime of treason against America and the American People.

Conviction of treason may result in the execution of individual(s) found guilty.  As an American, there are very few crimes where I believe that execution is not only indicated, but necessary. There are three: 1) Abduction with sexual abuse and/or torture that causes the death of the victim ; 2) Terrorism and crimes that involve death of Americans for pay; and 3)   Treason against the U.S., especially involving American officials who were given authority over other Americans.

In 36 states, the Federal Government, and the U.S. Military have death penalty statutes.  Five different methods of execution are prescribed. They are 1) Lethal injection, 2) Electrocution, 3) Lethal Gas, 4) Firing squad, and 5) Hanging.  On the state level, two states execute by firing squad.  In 1960, James W. Rodgers was executed by firing squad in Utah. In 2010, Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad for conviction of a 1984 murder.

What seriously troubles me as an American is the attitude of a number of individuals whose guilt is about 99.999% certain.  Several have acted as if the situation is a joke. It is not a joke. Also,  the behavior of some individuals who will surely be indicted seems frivolous. The question that Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham must ponder is not just the guilt of the criminals involved, but the perception that law abiding Americans perceive from the court sentences sought and those carried out.

The following is a quote from HBO’s Bill Maher: ” I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point, and by the way, I’m hoping for it because I think one way to get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please bring on the recession. ”  As an American, I find statements such as this to be sick and therefore must be made by mentally ill people. I grew up in America where Americans would never make statements like that. A sickness has descended over America and President Trump had to bear verbal abuse that no civilized nation should tolerate.

R. Van Conoley  ( I believe that all individuals convicted to die for treason should be executed by firing squad.

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