Editor's Note: Tune in this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET for a special War Stories Investigates: The Jihad for an in-depth look at the development of the philosophy of the modern global jihad. Plus, get the back story on "Azzam the American," and how he went from a young boy raised on a California goat farm to a powerful member of Al Qaeda's inner circle.
"He should be charged with treason and shot when captured. Obviously, he has chosen to betray the United States. Of course, he has the right to free speech, but his choice is treasonable in that he chose to join an active enemy combat unit and threaten the lives of Americans." — Anonymous
"Everyone desires a fair trial, and this man is no exception. However, John Wayne said it best: "I can guarantee a fair trial and a first rate hanging"." — Greg (Daniels, WV)
"I definitely agree with the decision to charge this terrorist with treason. It's about time our government took a strong stand against Americans who would hurt other Americans." — Mike (North Carolina)
The American Al Qaeda spokesman known as "Azzam the American" was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. Adam Yahiye Gadahn, whose exact whereabouts are unknown but is believed to be in Pakistan, was charged with material support and treason, sources told FOX News. It was the first time an American has been charged with treason since 1952.
A 48-minute video posted on an Islamic militant Web site last month included footage of Al Qaeda's No. 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Gadahn, who the FBI believes attended Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and served as an Al Qaeda translator. Read more .
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"The government is absolutely correct to charge Azzam with treason; he is supporting an enemy that truly wants to kill us all. It would be an easy prosecution, a quick trial, and a swift punishment." — Norm
"The United States is not at war. No declaration at war has come from Congress. Charge the man with 2,978 counts of 1st degree murder, 2,798 counts of conspiracy to commit murder and any other crimes you can think of, but do not glorify his cause, or our own quagmire in the Middle East, by calling it a war, and thereby making him subject to the charge of treason." — Allen (Phoenix, AZ)
"I would certainly pursue charges of treason for 'Azzam the un-American.' His actions are no better than traitors of wars past. Although his capture is unlikely anytime soon, the formal charge will follow him where ever he goes. Like bin Laden, he will eventually be caught, tried, and executed." — J.J.
"Of course this guy should face treason! He works for and with our #1 enemy. Al Qaeda kills Americans and allies of America, and if you run with a gang, then you go down with the gang." — Matt (Camden, TN)
"This guy should absolutely be charged with treason. He’s a disgrace, and he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. We’ve got enough threats with people from other countries hating us, now we have an American who hates us? This guy makes me sick, and I’m ashamed of him." — Dan (Oak Forest, IL)
"According to our Constitution, the charge of treason is very narrowly defined as either levying war against the U.S. or adhering to the enemies of the U.S., and must be brought by Congress and substantiated by at least two witnesses. This is a charge that the government has historically been very reluctant to bring against anyone, but if the criteria for treason were considered met by the federal grand jury, then the charge is appropriate for Gadahn. Such a charge might also be a much-needed warning to those Americans who might cross the line between Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms to giving aid and comfort to those enemies of the U.S. whose stated aim is our destruction." — Ed (Redmond, WA)
"Did he do anything more than recruit for Islam with a strong warning? I mean, would I be guilty of treason if I told Americans that they should repent to Jesus Christ or face the wrath of God? It's a tough call!" — Stan (Philadelphia, PA)
"Yes, I believe he should be charged with treason. Legally, treason is the crime of disloyalty to one's nation. Someone who betrays their own nation and/or reneges on an oath of loyalty and willfully cooperates with the enemy is considered a traitor." — Jon (Cedar Rapids, IA)