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Articles about the debate about the International Criminal Court in the United States of America.


U.S. shouldn't be supporting the ICC
by Brian Darling - Human Events, 20 October 2008

"This past summer, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it would seek an indictment against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan for his involvement in crimes committed in Darfur. The announcement placed the Bush Administration in a tough spot ... "


Courting a surrender of sovereignty
by William P. Hoar - The New American (2005)

"A January 30 release from Citizens for Global Solutions applauded Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) for his televised remarks made the previous Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in which he "declared his support for the United States joining the International Criminal Court (ICC), asserting: 'I want us in the ICC.' McCain's comments drastically change the debate on the International Criminal Court ... "


A successful, permanent International Criminal Court … "isn't it pretty to think so?"
by Cassandra Jeu - Houston Journal of International Law (2004)

"On September 30, 2002, the European Union (E.U.) assured the United States that it would not prosecute American military personnel and government officials in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Bush Administration continues to seek total immunity for all U.S. citizens through bilateral agreements with individual nations ... Although the E.U. as a whole remains dedicated to the ideals of the ICC, its member nations vary in their agreeability to the idea of U.S. immunity ..."


Protecting the protectors: can the United States successfully exempt U.S. persons from the International Criminal Court?
by Jeffrey S. Dietz - Houston Journal of International Law (2004)

"Thank you, American Servicemember, for fighting on the final frontiers of freedom to dutifully protect our nation. We appreciate your work, Madam Diplomat, for traveling to far off lands to honorably represent the United States. Your work to keep the fighting force running, Mr. Contractor, is greatly appreciated. However, after you complete your duties abroad, be careful of where you travel. Unless the United States prevails in exempting U.S. persons from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), visiting the wrong foreign country could land you before a foreign court, stripped of your customary constitutional guarantees ... "


The self-defeating International Criminal Court
By Jack Goldsmith - Professor of Law, The University of Chicago

"Great expectations greeted the opening of the International Criminal
Court (ICC) on July 1, 2002. Kofi Annan captured these expectations when he expressed the hope that the new ICC would "deter future war criminals and bring nearer the day when no ruler, no state, no junta and no army anywhere will be able to abuse human rights with impunity." ... Scores of other world officials, human rights activists, and international law experts made similar predictions.
These are unrealistic dreams. They are unrealistic for many reasons. But perhaps the most salient reason is that the ICC as currently organized is, and will remain, unacceptable to the United States ... "


American justice and the International Criminal Court (pdf)
by John Bolton, former US Under-Secretary of State - DISAM Journal (2003)

"There has been considerable debate in the United States about the International Criminal Court ... Rather than rehearse many of the those arguments, however, I thought it might be helpful to give you a report from the front, describing current efforts by the United States to protect its citizens from the illegitimate assertion of authority over them ... "


Why the United States is so opposed
by Paul W. Kahn, Crimes of War Project

"The opposition of the United States to the International Criminal Court appears as either a puzzle or an embarrassment to many of the nation's traditional
supporters ... "


American opposition to the International Criminal Court
by Jonathan D Tepperman, Crimes of War Project

"A few days after Christmas 2001, the U.S. Congress came within a hair's breadth of passing a law that would have permanently banned U.S. participation in the nascent International Criminal Court ... "


Court Dismissed: The ICC is a snare and a monstrosity with no standing
by Lee A. Casey, David B. Rivkin, Jr. - National Review (2002)

"Today's Euro-bureaucrats have pretensions that dwarf those of the Bourbons: European Commission president Romano Prodi declares that the new Europe's goal is the creation of a new "superstate" to rival the United States. Of course, vast conscript armies and fleets of dreadnoughts are no longer the tools of European imperialism ... Europe's mantra is adherence to the letter of international law and to the prerogatives of international institutions-most notably, the new international criminal court (ICC) ..."


International Criminal Court sellout
by William Norman Grigg - The New American (2002)

"Predictably, the Bush administration has caved in on the ICC, exposing U.S. soldiers to prosecution and opening the door for dismantling America's time-tested judicial system ... "


Court of injustice
by William F Jasper - The New American

"While intoning platitudes about ending impunity and advancing the rule of law, advocates of the UN's new ICC are actually establishing a global kangaroo court ..."


The Kissinger factor and US policy on the International Criminal Court
by Anthony Dworkin, Crimes of War Project

"Leading European states appear to have rebuffed the latest attempt by the United States to secure exemption for its citizens from the new International Criminal
Court ... "


Protecting the Elite from the ICC
Insider Report - The New American (2002)

"In a review of Henry Kissinger's critique of the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC), THE NEW AMERICAN predicted that America's political Establishment would seek an arrangement with the ICC through which "well connected members of the Power Elite--such as Kissinger himself, for instance--might enjoy immunity from prosecution and imprisonment ... "


U.S. rejects all support for new court on atrocities
by Neil A. Lewis, New York Times

"Bush administration officials said today that the new International Criminal Court should expect no cooperation from the United States, and that its prosecutors would not be given any information from the United States to help them bring cases against any individuals ... "


U.S. announces intent not to ratify International Criminal Court treaty
by Curtis A. Bradley, The American Society of International Law

On May 6, 2002, the Bush Administration announced that the United States does not intend to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. John Bolton, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, sent a letter to Kofi Annan ... "


Attacking our courts
by Tom Gow - The New American

"Through its proposed subsidiary, the International Criminal Court, the United Nations is plotting the ultimate subversion: The destruction of the American judiciary system ..."

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