A Global Court of Injustice

earth8.gif (119224 bytes)

 Monday, 08-Jan-01 18:55:32 writes:

      A Global Court of Injustice

      Dr. James Hirsen
      Jan. 5, 2001

      In July of 1998, 120 nations met in Rome and voted to endorse an
      international criminal court. According to its own terms, when the
      treaty is ratified by 60 nations, it will be capable of exerting
      universal jurisdiction over every human being on the planet.

      This type of criminal court has been on the wish list of the United
      Nations since 1947. When fully engaged, the court will be able to
      bring individuals from nations throughout the globe, who are
      accused of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity,
      aggression, and additional crimes that may be added in the future, in
      front of a panel of select judges.

      Supporters of the court have made it clear in their speeches and
      preparatory writings that they intend to utilize the vast power of
      such an entity to enforce a host of treaty obligations, including
      human rights, economic and environmental provisions. If a nation
      does not care to participate, this does not mean that its citizens are
      exempt from the court's reach. The unusual language contained in
      this international initiative extends its jurisdiction to individuals in
      nations that did not opt to be a party to its terms.

      On December 31, in the waning minutes of the year 2000, the
      Clinton administration signed this treaty and sent a message to the
      entire world - the American system of criminal justice is simply
      inadequate. It does not accommodate a "progressive" view toward
      21st century international crime.

      Although the stated purpose of the new brand of international
      tribunal is to deal with war criminals, these issues have customarily
      been addressed through ad hoc tribunals, usually set up for specific
      crimes and given prescribed authority. In this way the scope of the
      tribunal is limited, which provides a degree of protection and respect
      for the individual sovereignty of nations.

      The very nature of the ICC is wholly inconsistent with American
      jurisprudence. It creates a one-stop judicial center, with the
      authority to apply its doctrine of justice to an amorphous list of
      criminal activity.

      But we have a proud history in our nation. Unlike the ICC, in
      America we separate the functions of investigation, prosecution,
      trial and appeal to ensure fairness and avoid corruption. Many of
      the safeguards, for which countless courageous Americans have
      given their lives, are simply not present in the ICC structure.

      The U.S. justice system places the burden of proof on the
      prosecutor. In our nation, we abide by the maxim of innocent until
      proven guilty. Not so under an international criminal court.

      Place yourself in this situation. You are unexpectedly detained by
      the newly instituted International Criminal Court. You find yourself
      in front of a jury, but not an impartial jury of your peers. Rather,
      you are staring into the eyes of a panel of appointed bureaucrats.

      The judicial officials hail from remote parts of the world, countries
      such as Iraq, China, Cuba and North Korea. They share neither
      your country's system of governance nor its notion of civil liberties.
      Instead, you stand before a group that epitomizes the lowest
      common denominator of criminal justice.

      You are given no idea as to the length of time the process will take.
      The right to a speedy trial is not a consideration. After all,
      temporary tribunals, which were a preview of the ICC, arrested and
      imprisoned suspects for months and even years before any judicial
      proceedings began.

      If convicted, your only right to appeal will be to the very same court
      that has rendered the conviction. And double jeopardy? Being tried
      for the same offense twice? Protection against such violation is
      nonexistent. If for some reason the prosecution loses its case against
      you, it is free to try again.

      Will the court explain the nature of the charges? Will it conceal the
      identity of witnesses? It is within its province to do so. The fear
      inside you intensifies. It is warranted.

      Hopefully, no citizen of the United States, or any other country for
      that matter, will have to endure this kind of monumental legal
      nightmare. Secretary of Defense William Cohen is on record as
      opposing the treaty. Incoming Secretary of Defense Donald
      Rumsfeld shares the sentiment. And now Senator Jesse Helms
      strives to rescue us from the misguided action of the Clinton
      administration when it signed the treaty. Senator Helms promises
      legislation to protect our citizens against global prosecution. He
      deserves our unqualified support and gratitude.

      The judicial system in America, imperfect as it sometimes may be,
      is the envy of the world. As a people who profess to cherish
      freedom, we dare not rest until the signature on this mockery of
      justice is rescinded. The ICC must be boldly repudiated, and the
      United States should lead an effort among the nations of the world
      to reject this defective attempt to define down global justice.

      Semper Fi
      Death Before Dishonor
      Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr._MOH_31 Jan. '70
      POB 991
      Ponchatoula, LA. 70454

American Patriot Friends Network (APFN)
APFN YahooGroups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/apfn-1/
APFN CONTENTS: http://www.apfn.org/apfn/apfncont.htm

Without Justice, there is JUST_US!

APFN Petition Page: Petitions to Abolish H-1B, IBT, Reclaim America.

"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear."
                                       -Henry David Thoreau

Courting Global Tyranny

The Lawyers Secret Oath

Subscribe to apfn-1
Powered by groups.yahoo.com

American Patriot Friends Network

"...a network of net workers..."

Without Justice, there is JUST_US!

APFN Message Board

APFN Sitemap

APFN Contents Page

APFN Home Page

           E-Mail: apfn@apfn.org

Hit Counter

Last updated 01/15/2011