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Clinton signs on to global court

  • Just before ringing in the New Year, President Bill Clinton signed away U.S. sovereignty to an international war crimes court.
By Clayton Potts

Just hours before the deadline on New Year's eve, President Clinton ordered the signing of a treaty creating an International criminal court to try alleged war criminals.

There is little chance the current Senate will ratify the treaty, but by signing before the Jan. 1 deadline, the United States will have a voice in the structure of the court.

That rationale for signing the treaty was dismissed by populist patriots, who object to a presidential blessing on a treaty that would further erode national sovereignty and place American soldiers in jeopardy.

Clinton, a Bilderberg veteran and strong advocate of world government, tried to make his action politically palatable by asking that the court protect American soldiers on the numerous United Nations "peacekeeping missions."

Failing that, he waited until after the election and picked a moment -- hours before the New Year -- when it was likely to have the least media impact.

The ICC has announced that it will claim jurisdiction over the entire world, even over nations that neither sign nor ratify the treaty.

Judges from tin-pot countries who hate the United States would be able to try American soldiers for "war crimes" committed on any of the endless United Nations missions abroad, without a jury. A U.S. request to provide an exemption for soldiers acting under orders of the UN Security Council was rejected.

The United States signed the treaty "to reaffirm our strong support for international accountability and for bringing to justice perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity," Clinton said.

Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, promptly denounced Clinton's action. He vowed to make "protecting America's fighting men and women from this international kangaroo court one of my highest priorities in the new Congress."

"The court still claims ... the jurisdiction to indict, try and imprison American citizens, whether or not the U.S. agrees to be bound by the treaty," Helms said. "By signing this president has effectively given his approval to this unprecedented assault on American sovereignty."

So far, 138 nations have signed the treaty, including most NATO allies, Russia and Israel. Ironically, Clinton is considered a war criminal by many, including the innocent victims of random U.S. missile assaults on Serbia, Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan.