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  1. FedUpWithTheFed
    FedUpWithTheFed at |

    Hillary and Bill Clinton, Obama and all the Bushes need to be on this list. Maybe not top 10 of all time, but definitely the top 10 biggest traitors of recent American History.

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  2. Fred234
    Fred234 at |

    0bama will be on this list soon.

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  3. Red 2
    Red 2 at |

    Jane Fonda was a traitor, but one of the top ten of all time? No

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  4. CKAinRedStateUSA
    CKAinRedStateUSA at |

    How can John Kerry not be on your list?

    He met with North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong officials in Paris, while still an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

    Expand the number of listings and include this despicable traitor.

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  5. Michael
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    How is Lu Bu not on this list, yet Jane Fonda is? Jane Fonda simply spoke out against an unpopular war. How can that compare to Lu Bu’s betrayals of, first, his foster father, Ding Yuan, then after that, Dong Zhou? Both of whom he murdered for a horse (in the first case) and a woman (in the second case). Later on, when given sanctuary by Liu Bei, he took over Xia Pi (the city which Liu Bei governed) for Yuan Shu while Liu Bei was defending the territory from Yuan Shu’s army. He (Lu Bu) later on betrayed a proposed alliance with Yuan Shu by refusing to marry his daughter off to the latter’s son. All these betrayals eventually led to Lu Bu’s sad end at the hands of Cao Cao in 198 CE, who assisted Liu Bei in retaking Xia Pi at the time.
    If this is just a case of needing a woman on the list though, why not Pocahontas? Her assistance of the British when they arrived led to the deaths of not only much of her own tribe but that of several others as well. Or do only people who disagreed or opposed POVs you like make the list?

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    1. Scott
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      To all the Jane Fonda supporters who gripe about her being on this list. She gave aid and comfort to the enemy at a time of war. She is a traitor. That said, I agree with most of you that there are WAY bigger traitors in history than Jane. I don’t think she would make my top 10. Top 100, yes.

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  6. Tom Mitchell
    Tom Mitchell at |

    Heather,

    I question the inclusion of two of the people on the list. Jane Fonda, though despicable and naive, did not reveal any information to the North Vietnamese–she was merely a propaganda trophy.

    Judas Iscariot (a pseudonym: ish keriot means man of the towns in Hebrew) was not a traitor in any real sense of the word. Jesus was tried by the legal ruler of Galilee, Herod Antipas, and by the Romans. If he really was the son of God than his going through with the torture and execution by the Romans was voluntary. Since Jesus was one man and the only one who suffered as a result of the “treachery,” his betrayal should hardly be considered the most important in all of human history. On the other hand, from the viewpoint of Christianity he was merely an agent of God.

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  7. Tony S.
    Tony S. at |

    The worst traitor of all time has to be Edward VIII of England (aka the Duke of Windsor). He told Hitler that if Germany kept bombing England, England would probably surrender. He was a Nazi sympathizer who worked against England’s interests every step of the way. Some said he helped Hitler conquer France. His story has been kept hidden by the rest of England’s Royal Family for more than 70 years, but is coming out in the open more every year now.

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  8. RalPh henlan
    RalPh henlan at |

    Perhaps, in a future list, you could add the name of WIlliam Joyce (lord haw haw).

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  9. Luke Betts
    Luke Betts at |

    Guy Fawkes, far from being a traitor was only ever person to enter the house of commons with honest intentions.

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  10. family loses
    family loses at |

    RT, you’re the product of an American public school education, aren’t you?
    Pullerdog, you are right, Walkers should be added.
    Good list, Ms Matthews

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  11. PJR
    PJR at |

    First, under the Ames item, “10 Americans” were not executed; these were Soviet citizens who were spying for America. Second, the “top traitor” to the United States of America has to be Robert E. Lee.

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    1. Scott
      Scott at |

      If Lee wore a Union Uniform and killed Union Soldiers, yes. However, He resigned his commission and joined his homeland. In fact, Jefferson Davis’s “treason” trail was canceled because the US Justice Department could not find anywhere were it wasn’t LEGAL FOR A STATE TO LEAVE THE US. Your wrong, if you were right every Southern Official of that era would have been charged with treason. Nobody was charged, nobody was convicted. End of story.

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  12. Brian
    Brian at |

    I would add the Greek who led the Persians thru the ‘secret’ passes thru the mountains at the battle of Thermopylae so they could then attack the Spartans from two directions.

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  13. William
    William at |

    In what sense did Guy Fawkes seek to loosen Spanish influence? In fact, he was working to bring about an end to Protestant England, and to bring the country back into the orbit of the Catholic kingdom of Spain. He was a religious fundamentalist terrorist who had already tried to further Spain’s cause in the Netherlands, Thank goodness we got him!

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  14. RT
    RT at |

    Gimme a freakin’ break. Jane Fonda doesn’t deserve to be on the same list with Judas and Aldrich Ames. Not when Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld aren’t. Nobody was murdered because she visited Vietnam. And who gives a fat flying flip what John McCain thinks?

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  15. Tom Mitchell
    Tom Mitchell at |

    Judas Iscariot probably wasn’t even a real person. Judas is a corruption of Judah or Yehuda in Hebrew and Iscariot or Eish Keriot means man of the towns. So it is probably a Christian attack on urban centers as being the source of corruption and evil. The existence of Judas is necessary to fill a plot hole in the story.

    But in general your list strikes me as arbitrary both in who is included and in the rank order of the ten. Why was Robert Hanson ranked no. 9 and Ames ranked no. 3? You mention the Rosenburgs but not other nuclear spies like Klaus Fuchs and Ted Hall. Most historians consider Fuchs to have been a more important traitor than the Rosenburgs.

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  16. Pullerdog
    Pullerdog at |

    I would as the Walker Family of spies. The information they revealed to the Soviets was considerable.

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  17. mattdaboss
    mattdaboss at |

    I believe Urban Meyer has earned his place on this list as well.

    Great work composing this by the way!

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  18. Reece
    Reece at |

    No Cassius?! He put Brutus up to it lol

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  19. adam
    adam at |

    I found this list an interesting read. I agree with many of the selections but I do think there is one glaring omission: the united states government’s treatment of native americans. They were betrayed over and over, made promises to that were renegged upon, and butchered unmercifully until their entire race is nearly extinct now.

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  20. Scott
    Scott at |

    Hulk Hogan.

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  21. Jim
    Jim at |

    too many of you are taking this way too serious.

    These lists are like those at Cracked. They are for fun and you don’t expect the people who make them to spend day of researching like they would if it was for a masters thesis or a book on the subject. Wikipedia is a primary source for cracked and top 10 and anyone can make changes to that site so it is rife with errors

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    1. Jizzamie
      Jizzamie at |

      I absolutely agree with you but I will say that the writers of cracked make fun of wikipedia all the time….I’m not sure that they use them as a source.

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  22. joe
    joe at |

    I disagree with Benedict Arnold and question Brutus+ Robert Hanssen,

    Benedict Arnold’s achievements were passed on as other persons and they got the credit, he also spent money on the continental army and wasn’t going to be reimbursed… he joined the British as a sign that as Americans do not appreciate him enough that he will go to the other side to show his worth.. and that he wouldn’t just stand in line taking these insults without consequence… showing a strong degree of the power of the individual over the conformity of a group

    Brutus may have been the nephew of Julius but for the principles of the Roman Republic and against tyranny of Caesar thought that assasinating Caesar with his co-conspirators was the only way to protect the republic from an approaching kingship (all but name)… this urges the question of which is the greater treachery against family or nation?

    Robert Hannsen betrayed “his” country but he was betrayed by his brother in law! Judas #1 for sure.

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  23. ralph hanes
    ralph hanes at |

    there was no mention of captain alfred svenson. he defected to east germany in the early sixties. he was an s-2 officer with privvy to top secret movements in germany. he was later released by the russians and sent back to the u.s. he now lives happily amongst us somewhere. he should have been executed, but for some reason he is still with us.

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    1. peggy
      peggy at |

      Ralph Hanes.. please email me.. my law professor was in the army w/ Alfred Svenson,
      my prof was wondering what happened to him after his 7 yrs hard labor at leavenworth

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  24. azngirl967
    azngirl967 at |

    Brutus from Julius Caesar was not the nephew of Caesar. He was the brother-in-law.

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      thanks for the correction, and thanks for reading the list.

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  25. Kokolo
    Kokolo at |

    Fonda was a hero, not a traitor.

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  26. Rok
    Rok at |

    Nice list… but a bit biased. What about Russians selling secrets to USA. Are they not traitors?

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      it does depend on your perspective, doesn’t it? You basically have to pick a side when you’re listing traitors 🙂 thanks for the comment!

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  27. Kevin Klawitter
    Kevin Klawitter at |

    This is a really good list, but I'd really put Jefferson Davis and the rest of the confederate states leaders on here, probably in the top 5. Their action directly led to the bloodiest war in US history.

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  28. Alex
    Alex at |

    A late entry with Bradley Manning. As a United States Army Intelligence officer he was entrusted with classified materials regarding troop displacement and names addresses etc of Iraqi translators and cooperators. He made a personal judgment that the world needed to know said classified information and gave over 15,000 classified documents to the website Wikileaks. Enemy combatants are known to track down cooperators and kill them and their families. He is currently charged with treason and being held in Kuwait. During wartime treason is punishable by death.

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  29. caveman73
    caveman73 at |

    You more than off on your facts here. Do a better job on research next time:

    The British gave Arnold a brigadier general's commission with an annual income of several hundred pounds, but only paid him £6,315 plus an annual pension of £360 because his plot failed.[4] In December 1780, under orders from Clinton, Arnold led a force of 1,600 troops into Virginia, where he captured Richmond by surprise and then went on a rampage through Virginia, destroying supply houses, foundries, and mills.

    He also earned him and his sons a land grant of 15,000 acres (6,100 ha) in Upper Canada,[100] near present-day Renfrew, Ontario. [101 (French Revolution from England)

    Arnold was buried at St. Mary's Church, Battersea in London, England. As a result of a clerical error in the parish records, his remains were removed to an unmarked mass grave during church renovations a century later.[104] His funeral procession boasted "seven mourning coaches and four state carriages";[83] the funeral was without military honors.[105]

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      I do the best I can. I am not perfect.

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      1. Heather Matthews
        Heather Matthews at |

        in my blurb, i was referring to his childhood as being poor, not his adult life. The decline in his family's fortunes is well documented.

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        1. Heather Matthews
          Heather Matthews at |

          also…just because the British rewarded Arnold doesn't mean they liked or trusted him – it was a transaction. I have to disagree with your criticisms of my list.

        2. caveman73
          caveman73 at |

          True his child was poor, you are correct in that. When he died, while not rich he was clearly not die in poverty. In the end he betrayed the revilution not because he did not believe in it or because he believed in the British. He was a selfish man and in the end that was his down fall.

        3. Heather Matthews
          Heather Matthews at |

          Yes, he was very selfish. Thanks for your comment – I appreciate your taking the time to read the list.

      2. caveman73
        caveman73 at |

        No worries.

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