You Go John!!
I saw a video of this on Reuters on the Roku but a quick search didn’t show a youtube up at that time.
Basically John Bolton gives the big Heave-Ho! to the International Criminal Court should they try an “investigation” of the USA and our people. IIRC, we have never signed the “treaty” that would subject us to that court, which would make any attempt by them to assert authority over us an illegal act.
John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack
US national security adviser calls ICC illegitimate and says ‘we will let it die on its own’
John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has threatened the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions and made an excoriating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington.
Bolton pushed for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He also announced on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.
“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said.
He said the Trump administration would “fight back” and impose sanctions – even seeking to criminally prosecute ICC officials – if the court formally proceeded with opening an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by US military and intelligence staff during the war in Afghanistan or pursued any investigation into Israel or other US allies.
Bolton vowed that the United States would retaliate by banning ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the US, imposing sanctions on any funds they had in the States and prosecuting them in the American court system.
“If the court comes after us, Israel, or other US allies we will not sit quietly,” he said, also threatening to impose the same sanctions on any country that aided the investigation.
He condemned the inquiry into war crimes in Afghanistan as an “utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation” and the court as illegitimate.
“We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead,” Bolton said.
[… the article then spends a while praising the ICC and dissing Bolton]
“We will consider taking steps in the UN security council to constrain the court’s sweeping powers, including to ensure that the ICC does not exercise jurisdiction over Americans and the nationals of our allies that have not ratified the Rome statute,” Bolton said.
In May, Trump opened a US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, ending decades of consensus that the contested city’s status should be decided in future negotiations, as Palestinians claim its eastern parts while Israel claims the entire city as its capital.
The embassy opening prompted the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to reject Washington’s traditional role as a mediator, recalling his envoy to the US and stopping communication.
Days later, the Palestinian foreign minister asked the ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to open an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity, and apartheid. The referral came during a period of heightened bloodshed in Gaza as Israeli snipers shot hundreds of people attending weekly protests.
Israel is not a signatory to the ICC and has said the body lacks jurisdiction. The ICC launched a preliminary examination in 2015 into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and the Palestinian territories. However, the court has not opened a full investigation that could ultimately lead to indictments.
“We will not allow the ICC or any other organisation to constrain Israel’s right to self-defence,” Bolton said on Monday.
A spokesman for the ICC said earlier on Monday: “The international criminal court is aware of media reports of the speech scheduled to be delivered by US national security adviser, Mr John Bolton, later today concerning the ICC.
“The Rome statute, the court’s founding treaty, today benefits from the membership of 123 states parties representing all regions of the world. The ICC, as a judicial institution, acts strictly within the legal framework of the Rome statute and is committed to the independent and impartial exercise of its mandate.”
Oddly, this article stresses Israel while the Reuters TV bit said it was about “alleged war crimes in Afghanistan under the Bush administration”. Go figure.
So looks like once again it’s Israel and the USA standing in the path of Globalist Un-elected Government. It is also quite clear that “Treaties” are the back door mechanism by which the Globalists and the UN are attempting to destroy national sovereignty and domestic rule by democratically elected governments. ALL “treaties” and any proposed treaties and agreements must be subject to a strong review looking specifically at any wording that would allow or could be stretched to allow un-elected authority over the USA, our citizens and our laws. Those that violate the sanctity of the US Constitution or home rule need to be voided.