The charge sheet said Anderson . . . communicated with U.S. military personnel posing as members of al Qaeda.
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The Uniform Military Code states that anyone convicted of aiding an enemy could face a death sentence.
If I'm reading this correctly, he never actually gave any information to al Qaeda, just to military personnel. So wouldn't this just be attempted treason? Does attempted treason carry the same penalty as treason?
Ah, here we go. The relevant bit from the Uniform Code of Military Justice (not the "Uniform Military Code" as in the article):
904. ART. 104. AIDING THE ENEMY
Any person who--
(1) aids, or attempts to aid, the enemy with arms, ammunition, supplies, money, or other things; or
(2) without proper authority, knowingly harbors or [protects or gives intelligence to or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly;
shall suffer death or such other punishment as a court-martial or military commission may direct.
So, I guess the question is answered. If the article were written better, I wouldn't have had to go look up the information. Well, and if I actually had work to do.