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!