The word "traitor" gets applied to everything today that is political, and that is not liked by a political faction. Whether it's one political party not agreeing with the other political party being described as holding America hostage, or third party types being referred to as traitors, the word "traitor," and by extension "treason," has become incredibly elastic.
One of the biggest casualties in the past couple of decades has been the destruction of words. Destroying words means destroying law and accountability.
The recent interview with Edward Snowden is excellent, although it has apparently been blacked out by many media outlets here in America, all while it's international news elsewhere around the globe. When I make the remark that the average American today is not unlike the average North Korean, this is just one more data point.
Treated like mushrooms.
What I found particuarly disheartening, but not surprising, was Snowden mentioning public servants who expressed a desire to kill him. Not to charge him and put him on trial for any immoral laws he broke, in order to show how lawless his previous government employers were, but to simply kill him because his non-violent actions threaten their power. Not unlike Dr. Martin Luther King.
You don't need to be involved in violence to be courageous. You just have to prounounce the truth, and you will be seen as an enemy.
And traitors in America, who would make war on Americans without charge or trial and in violation of our Constitution, will line up against you.