“When Dr. King said he was against the Vietnam War, he was accused of treason,” Jackson remembers.
Ironically, the same absurd logic transforms your forced-confessions from Vietnam into treason against America.
He was implying that supporting reform and democracy would label the Iranian opposition as pro-Western, and thus, treason!
early 13c., from Anglo-French treson, from Old French traison (11c.; Modern French trahison), from Latin traditionem (nominative traditio) "a handing over, delivery, surrender" (see tradition). Old French form influenced by the verb trair "betray." In old English law, high treason is violation by a subject of his allegiance to his sovereign or to the state; distinguished from petit treason, treason against a subject, such as murder of a master by his servant.