[2/16/17] Globalists and establishment types, watch out. The establishment media-driven brouhaha over Trump’s national security advisor Lt. General Michael Flynn, who just resigned amid the controversy, has resurrected talk of an obscure U.S. law known as the Logan Act. Passed more than 200 years ago, the federal statute makes it a crime for Americans to seek to influence the policies of foreign governments without official permission from U.S. authorities. And Flynn aside, there are plenty of Americans in that category — potentially including top power-brokers ranging from Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to senior globalists and Bilderberg bigwigs including David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger.
Anti-Trump forces and the establishment media organs they control have alleged that Flynn’s phone call with the Russian government’s U.S. ambassador may have run afoul of the 1799 statute. At the time of the phone call, Flynn was a top official on Trump’s transition team. But the globalists, Democrats, and others touting the Logan Act should be very careful what they wish for. If the act were to actually be enforced, more than a few globalists and senior members of the ruling establishment might find themselves behind bars.
In over 200 years, not a single person has actually been prosecuted under the Logan Act so far. But in their zeal to go after Trump and his officials for every real and imagined misstep, establishment media organs and propagandists have argued that Flynn violated the act. “Based on what has been publicly reported, it looks like Flynn may have violated this law,” wrote University of Georgia law professor Page Pate in a piece for CNN, widely ridiculed by conservatives and Trump supporters as “fake news.” Numerous establishment media organs carried similar claims.
The law in question reads: “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
Page, the law professor from Georgia, suggested that Flynn ought to be prosecuted under the law, and dismisses concerns by critics about using it. “There are literally hundreds of federal crimes in the federal code that are rarely, if ever, used,” he wrote, addressing the point by Flynn defenders that the statute has never been used to prosecute anyone. “While I personally think that many of these obscure federal ´crimes´ are outdated, misguided and patently unconstitutional, that doesn’t change the fact that they are still on the books.” And so, Flynn should be prosecuted, Page argues.
Details in the ongoing saga surrounding Trump’s former adviser are still hazy. But it appears that Lt. Gen. Flynn, who oversaw the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency during Obama’s term and argued against Obama’s criminal policy of arming terrorists before joining Trump as national security advisor, had a phone conversation in late December with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. What was discussed was not immediately clear.