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Trump Administration Threatens International Criminal Court Judges and Prosecutors for Doing Their Jobs


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Trump Administration Threatens International Criminal Court Judges and Prosecutors for Doing Their Jobs

Jamil Dakwar

In an unprecedented attack on one of the most important judicial bodies in the world, National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday threatened to sanction the International Criminal Court and its staff if the court approves a full investigation into U.S. torture in Afghanistan. The U.S. is not a member of the court, but it has supported the court’s efforts to hold perpetrators of war crimes accountable — as long as those efforts don’t involve U.S. or close allies.


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in an unprecedented attack on one of the most important judicial bodies in the world, National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday threatened to sanction the International Criminal Court and its staff if the court approves a full investigation into U.S. torture in Afghanistan.

Oh please. This hardly “unprecedented”.

I get tired of these fictions that all it took was trump to become president and the US suddenly became some lawless rogue state. The caveat that “as long as the ICC does not involve the US or close Allies” as criminals hardly meant that the USA supported the ICC. That caveat in and of itself shows their previous stance as a FARCE.

The American Servicemember protections act is not as far divorced from what Bolton suggests as the author suggests. It too was a “The United States of America and its allies” are not subject to the law statement.


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Exceptionalism über alles.


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Will somebody please arrest these m_____ f_______?


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Thank you for your excellent comment! I’m gratified and relieved to see that I’m not the only one who remembers the "Invasion of the Hague Act."

But I thought I might be, when I posted the following comment earlier today (elsewhere):

NSA John Bolton’s recent threats to the International Criminal Court are appallingly bellicose and obscene, but in truth his threats of sanctions and travel restrictions fall well short of what U.S. law permits.

Does no one remember the “Invasion of the Hague Act” (American Service Members Protection Act) passed by the U.S. Congress in 2002 and signed by that year’s “not fascist” Commander in Chief?

That law, politely not mentioned today in the breathless reporting of Bolton’s ugly threats, authorizes the U.S. government to militarily invade international criminal tribunals in order to protect American war criminals from being tried and convicted of their crimes (such as Gen. David Petraeus, whose “Troop Surge” resulted in the ethnosectarian cleansing – through murder and expulsion – of millions of Baghdad’s Sunnis, as reported by Reuters, making 2007 the deadliest year of the entire war for Iraqi civilians).

Like the rest of the world, I found that post-9/11 development in our polity terrifying and shocking.

But not nearly as terrifying and shocking as today’s deafening silence on the subject of the “Invasion of the Hague Act” (as the law was immediately dubbed by those who’d read it).

The greatest danger to us all: the corporate media goes on pretending that “evil” and “fascism” just arrived in Washington, DC, with Trump’s election. They continue covering up the monstrous crimes of Trump’s neo-fascist predecessors, with the blood of millions on their hands.

The establishment continues laboring double-time to make everything about Donald Trump – so Washington can go right back to mass-murdering, torturing, rule of law-obliterating business as usual, the moment the fool is out of office… not that that agenda has slowed much, with Trump in office, as evidenced in Yemen, at least.

Trump is both an impediment to their project and a useful distraction. He helps the mainstream remain blissfully unaware, with regard to policy. He helps provide the illusion that our institutions are healthy – and not fascist.

That’s Reality TV for you!


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Thank you for your rage and true knowledge.


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Thank you for the compliment.


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Threaten is what we do.