According to the the Logan Act it is a felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to three years for any American, "without authority of the United States," to communicate with a foreign government in an effort to influence that government's behavior on any "disputes or controversies with the United States."
TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 45 > § 953
The Logan Act was created in 1799, and states this:
§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governmentsThe Logan Act was named after George Logan. In 1798, he went to France without permission from President John Adams, to try and settle the Quasi-War. The Quasi-War was an undeclared war fought entirely at sea between the United States and France from 1798 to 1800. In the United States, the conflict is sometimes also referred to as the Undeclared War with France.
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.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
Nancy Pelosi has done the same thing as George Logan, and should be held to the law. Whether you agree with her politics or not, and whether you think the results were good or bad, the fact remains.. she broke the law. I believe that she bungled her attempt at US diplomacy and even went as far as misrepresenting and speaking on behalf of Israel. She is not the US Secretary of State and she should not be operating as if she heads some sort of shadow government of the US. I do not agree with how the Bush administration has handled some things, but we cannot allow people, like Pelosi, to unjustly assume powers and positions that they do not have.
The media have pretty much ignored this. There have been a few mentions, but I think citizens across the country should not ignore this.
On April 3, the New York Post published an editorial entitled “Nancy’s Nonsense” and they stated this:
More than two centuries ago, Congress passed the Logan Act, which forbids private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. As an elected official, Pelosi isn't restrained by the law - but its meaning is clear.On April 6, Robert F. Turner of the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article called “Illegal Diplomacy” and he had this to say:
Negotiating with world leaders - particularly those at odds with the United States - should be left to the president, or those authorized by him to do so.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may well have committed a felony in traveling to Damascus this week, against the wishes of the president, to communicate on foreign-policy issues with Syrian President Bashar Assad. The administration isn't going to want to touch this political hot potato, nor should it become a partisan issue. Maybe special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, whose aggressive prosecution of Lewis Libby establishes his independence from White House influence, should be called back.Either we enforce these laws that we have or we shouldn't have them.
The "Logan Act" makes it a felony and provides for a prison sentence of up to three years for any American, "without authority of the United States," ...
I am calling the White House at
The Comments Line: 202-456-1111
Justice Department: 202-514-2000
Office of the Attorney General: 202-353-1555
I'll be calling my Congressional Representatives too!