Misprision of Treason:

How the Meserlian Trial Could Begin a Legal Process to Bring the 9/11 Traitors to Justice

By Sander Hicks


photo: NJ Star-Ledger


(NEW YORK) On February 4th, 2010, 9/11 activist and forensics engineer Don Meserlian was brought into Municipal Court in Fairfield, New Jersey, on charges of “Harassment” of police chief Mark Deuer.

Meserlian had tried to compel Deuer to review an accusation of treason, in regards to the 9/11 attacks. He presented NY area seismic records from 9/11/01 and scientific dust tests from the World Trade Centre. This data compelled Meserlian to claim that 9/11 was a crime, and to suspect that it was an inside job.

In Fairfield that day however, prosecution, police, and Judge Pomaco countered that the 82-year old Meserlian had been so “annoying” to the police, he was guilty of “Harassment.” Yet, Judge Pomaco also called Meserlian “a patriot.” He allowed Meserlian time to make his case, over the objections of the prosecution.

Meserlian has dug up an old law still on the books: US Code 18 (Sec. 2382). This law prohibits “Misprision of treason” and it applies to all US Citizens, and judges. No one can fail to act, when presented with strong evidence of treason. Meserlian had tested his interpretation of the law by phoning U.S. Attorney David Foster, who agreed that the law gave any citizen the duty to alert any judge regarding treason.

This Misprision statute has been used in two misprision cases from the Civil War era. In those cases, the judges recorded insights that remain helpful today. Treason stands alone as the sole felony our founding fathers saw important enough to define, as they wrote the Constitution. The founders defined treason carefully. They didn’t want the seriousness of this charge abused.

The US Constitution states that the primary definition of treason is to "levy war” against the USA. "Levy war” is defined in the case law, as that which "wages" or "causes or compels" the USA to go to war. 9/11 compelled two long wars. Today there is some saber rattling about Yemen, and Pakistan.

Judge Pomaco kept directing the trial back to Mr. Meserlian’s accusation of “Harassment.” But Messerlian successfully made his day in court about the higher law. To refuse to consider his evidence of treason seemed to show the court was prejudiced against his controversial line of thinking. And yet Judge Pomaco levied no fine on Messerlian for “Harrassment.”

At the end of the trial, Judge Pomaco gave an interesting speech: Don Meserlian was a dedicated family man, an upstanding citizen, and “a patriot.” Pomaco went on to state that the 9/11 attacks were indeed “serious” and “a terrible tragedy.”

However, to interpret Meserlian’s case on 9/11 and Misprision of Treason as merely “tragic” is to assign a maudlin analysis to a scientific case. The 9/11 event, and the subsequent lack of scientific, unbiased investigation, are serious crimes. The US system of justice is in grave crisis. But there is hope. Rational analysis of 9/11 shows a crime that demands investigation. Even the stones cry out for justice. Judge Pomoco tried to show virtue, but his inability to sidestep his prior assumptions about 9/11, and his substitution of sentimentality for a dispassionate review of evidence itself shows prejudice.

Judge Pomaco and future judges will have this problem: the 9/11 Truth Movement’s evidence is compelling, scientific, and verifiable. Meserlian, national director of a new group called the Citizen’s Committee for a 9/11 Grand Jury in 2010, is a lifelong forensics engineer. In his 35 years of testimony, he has never lost a case.

9/11 is remarkable for its emotive power, but also for the crime’s complexity, and a curious lack of judicial review. Rational, clear-headed analysis of 9/11 has lead an entire movement of intelligent citizens to conclude that the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks remain unindicted inside US Military and intelligence. They have evaded scrutiny by most media. Yet, public opinion shows a sharp break with the Bush/Cheney/Obama official story.

The Meserlian Trial is historic. It brings about a new era for US citizens who are skeptical about 9/11. It points us to laws to remedy our need to investigate treason. The case must now be picked up and made to judges of similar but even greater sympathy than Judge Pomaco.

The authors of the U.S. Constitution wanted accusations of treason to be treated with exquisite care. Even among our broken judiciary, surely there is a judge who understands this. It’s up to you and I to go find that judge. Our future starts today.



Sander Hicks is calling for a Gandhian “hartal” or “general strike” for justice, on Friday, 9/10/10, in preparation for the 2010 Anniversary of 9/11. He is calling on the entire 9/11 Truth Movement to stop, reflect, and act, on 9/10/10. No work, no school. Yes to activism, meetings, court filings, prayer, and visualizations of justice.


Here’s an example of a new form of straight journalism that kind of morphs into a blend of legal analysis, prophetic vision, and editorial. Look for it on page 14 of that…interesting new newspaper, the nationally-distributed truther tab, “The Sovereign.”


Check out able reporting from Nic Corbett on this same story, in the New Jersey Star-Ledger