Say I were to publish the following as an open letter:
Dear Government of Iran,
Here’s the United States Constitution: http://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm.
Please pay special attention to Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 (click here; it’s the paragraph starting “He shall have power…”), which is about treaty stuff. Also have a look at Amendment XXII (click here), which is about how long Presidents serve. Note there’s no mention of term limits on congressmen.
Then, click here for a Wikipedia article about the Treaty Clause, with some explanations about how treaties are different from executive agreements. And then click here for some stuff about filibusters in the Senate.
Finally, President Obama has to leave office no later than noon, January 20th, 2017. At 12:01 PM that day, you could be dealing with President Hillary, or Walker, or Warren, or Rubio, or O’Malley, or Jeb, or God-Knows-Who. Two-thirds of the current Senate will still be around, though.
Vincent D. Viscariello
Set aside for a moment the wisdom of typing such a letter and publishing it in a forum that has as many as thirty-seven viewers per day, worldwide.
My question is: Did I just violate the Logan Act or otherwise commit treason?
Congressmen, Supreme Court justices, and the President are welcome to follow the above links as well.