View Full Version : Logan Act?

November 17th, 2007, 10:06 PM
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.
Conducting an illegal foreign policy seems like a serious crime to deserve only 3 years.

Is there any more info on this law? And is that really the only punishment speaking illegaly on the behalf of your nation will get you.

Also, what does this mean. If the Govener of New York talked to the President of Syria with authorization, would this be illegal under the Logan act?

November 17th, 2007, 10:51 PM
Gees, sex is banned under the Logan Act?:eek:

November 17th, 2007, 11:53 PM
Gees, sex is banned under the Logan Act?:eek:

Only with multiple foreign government workers. If you shag each one individually, you're ok.;)

November 18th, 2007, 03:56 AM
There goes orgy-world.:(

Derek Jackson
November 18th, 2007, 08:43 AM
So maybe a million Americans who have written to foriegn governments asking them to release prisoners of conscience could go to jail. What were the authors of this law thinking of.

November 18th, 2007, 02:48 PM
Derek, note how it says defeat the measures of the United States.

So unless we were allied with that government, then no.

It came about when some famous author talked to the French King on behalf of the US and made France think the US was Anti-French.