Earlier today National Security Advisor John Bolton said “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court” . Below is a snippet of his press announcement.
National Security Advisor @AmbJohnBolton: “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court." pic.twitter.com/8ke1D4roFp
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 10, 2018
The ICC or International Criminal court was established by countries wishing to participate and it is an international tribunal to judge political leaders accused of international crimes was first proposed during the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 following the First World War by the Commission of Responsibilities. The issue was addressed again at a conference held in Geneva under the auspices of the League of Nations in 1937, which resulted in the conclusion of the first convention stipulating the establishment of a permanent international court to try acts of international terrorism. The convention was signed by 13 states, but none ratified it and the convention never entered into it by force. It was actually established in 2002 when the Rome Statute Treaty was enacted.
Almost 18 years ago the United States signed it BUT it was never ratified, in fact it was former President George W. Bush that authorized then Under Secretary John Bolton to recant the signature and in turn the United States has continually contested their jurisdiction over American citizens and personnel as today’s White House Briefing states.
While the ICC can issue “arrest warrants,” it cannot enforce them. The ICC “cannot ‘arrest’ anyone — it has no police power whatsoever,” said Georgetown University professor of government and foreign service Anthony Clark Arend.
During Barack Hussein Obama’s tenure as President he seemed more inclined to work with the ICC but never actually made any actual attempt to sign on because at the time he would have required at least 67 votes in the Senate but he had in the past encouraged other nations to cooperate with the ICC such as in the case of his home country of Kenya where as President he made the following statement (FULL STATEMENT HERE)
In pursuit of these goals, I urge all of Kenya’s leaders, and the people whom they serve, to cooperate fully with the ICC investigation and remain focused on implementation of the reform agenda and the future of your nation. ~Barack Hussein Obama
It’s important to know that the majority countries that are signatories are African nations and that the whole treaty is fostered by the United Nations whom have recently overstepped their authority, jurisdiction and bounds with the United States. Specifically, Nikki Haley U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations dismissed a poverty report by the United Nations, saying it’s “ridiculous” for the intergovernmental body to analyze American poverty as reported by The Hill. Where she made the case that Nations that evidently have issues like the majority members of the ICC are overlooked and they are focusing attention to the United States which looks as if they are attempting to “act” where they have no authority to do so.
The ICC was simply another step in the globalization roll out where countries voluntarily forfeit their sovereign rights and empower judges whom their own citizens never elect. The ICC does not align with the foundations of our Nation, because the United States of America is controlled by the people and for the people thus forfeiting rights of control to anyone, especially a foreign entity conflicts with our Constitution.
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