September 7, 1986
Can you explain why the press and other media refer to Jerry Whitworth as a spy when he is in reality a traitor? Is it in the best interests of the United States to whitewash this piece of scum? F. W. Kayser Mechanicsville.
April 23, 2010
Based on the Amos Oz novella "Panther in the Basement," The Little Traitor muddles through the story of a boy's coming of age in a nascent nation. The man-child is Proffy (short for "Professor"), a Jewish lad on the brink of adolescence in 1947 Palestine under the British Mandate. The nation is Israel, on the brink of creation. The panther in the basement reasonably might refer either to Proffy's budding sexuality or to stealthy Jewish resistance fighters rising up against British occupation.
December 7, 2001 |
WHEN AMERICAN John Walker Lindh was captured fighting with the Taliban, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld remained vague about Walker's fate - especially on whether treason charges would be brought. One probable reason for Rumsfeld's caution: treason is rare, and we're betting U.S. legal experts are scrambling to research the subject. We've scrambled too, to learn more about treason, and present the following Palm Card, an occasional feature designed to clarify issues affecting our readers.
December 4, 2001
I AM APPALLED by the notion that an American could be swayed by the Taliban to fight for their cause. If this so-called American, "John Walker," is really an American, he deserves to die a traitor's death. All Americans home and abroad who conspire against this great nation should be executed and their bodies should not be allowed to be buried in the United States. There is plenty of land in Iraq or Afghanistan for these losers to be disposed of. Larry Collins, Philadelphia President Bush has repeatedly stated that anyone who harbors terrorists will be considered terrorists themselves.
March 14, 2003 |
Seventeen years into a life sentence for passing sensitive U.S. intelligence to Israel, Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard, who is Jewish, continues to polarize Americans and Israelis. Pollard's defenders see him as the American Dreyfus, a nod to the 19th-century French officer who was a victim of anti-Semitism in the military. His critics damn him as a traitor who damaged U.S. security. The Case of Jonathan Pollard, a documentary by Temple University professor Eran Preis and Drexel University professor Amiram Amitai, chronicles his controversial case and his alienation from family and advocates.
February 10, 2006
TO SUPPORT warrantless wiretaps by the Vietnam-era guardsman who never reported for duty is to spit in the faces of those who fought and died at Lexington and Concord, Belleau Wood, Normandy, Iwo Jima. George Bush is a traitor to the principles of our democracy, and anyone who agrees with this evil, lying, miserable excuse for a commander in chief as he attempts to undo in a mere six years what has been our bedrock for more than 200 simply does not deserve to live in a free society.
August 27, 2008 |
Don Cheadle, wiry and wired, delivers an electrifying performance in Traitor as Samir Horn, a devout Muslim born in Sudan, raised in the United States, and apprehended in Yemen while selling explosives to Islamist militants. Terrorist? Mercenary? Patriot? Samir's actions belie his words of faith, bewildering an FBI counterterrorist team (the laser-eyed duo of Guy Pearce and Neal McDonough) who chase him from San'a to Marseilles to Toronto, where Samir, twistier than a sidewinder, helps orchestrate a dastardly attack on the heartland of the United States.
August 29, 2008 |
Like his Ocean's buddies - George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt - Don Cheadle is as socially conscious as Hollywood stars come. This is often evident in his work, like his Oscar-nominated starring role in Hotel Rwanda and the best-picture-winning Crash, which Cheadle appeared in and coproduced. (He's also producing the forthcoming Showtime series based on the film.) Now the 43-year-old actor has produced and stars in the espionage thriller Traitor, which opened Wednesday.
July 2, 2016 |
I wonder whether it's possible to make a bad John le Carré movie: Every one of the 15 films and miniseries based on his espionage thrillers is well worth watching. There are the masterpieces, including Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and the BBC's 1979 miniseries, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy . But even the weakest films - the 1984 terrorism romance The Little Drummer Girl and the 1990 Cold War love story The Russia House - still outstrip most spy movies.
August 30, 2013
AS I READ your newspaper from front to back, I ended with more than a little tinge of sadness. Not one mention of one of the most important days in our nation's history. I wonder how the dwindling number of survivors and the relatives of those who did not survive but gave their lives in the fight for our freedom felt. Remembering Aug. 15, 1945, and the end of World War II. Tom Woodruff Oreland, Pa. After reading Jason Nark's article on Stacy Litz, I'm confused. Why is her stupidity worth two whole pages?