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The US and CIA Could Finally Be Charged for Their War Crimes Overseas

CGA Editor's Note: As much as we would like to see war criminals brought to justice, we believe it is necessary to caution against recognizing the sovereignty of an international body over our national sovereignty. It is a slippery slope and exactly the type of Hegelian situation that the globalists love to initiate. They create a problem that demands a “solution” from an international body that overrides our national sovereignty in favor of the international entity.

The truth is that nearly all war crimes are committed on the behalf of the same globalists who control international organizations such as the International Criminal Court. Politicians are merely their puppets who, as long as they do as they are told, will never really be prosecuted for any war crimes. Therefore, the notion that these agents will be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity is a dream without any basis in reality. It is a trap for which we should be very careful about falling.

—Darren Weeks, November 15, 2016

 

 

The US and CIA Could Finally Be Charged for Their War Crimes Overseas

barbed-wireDarius Shahtahmasebi
The AntiMedia
November 15, 2016

The International Criminal Court (ICC) may break its longstanding practice of unfairly targeting African nations by charging the United States and the CIA with war crimes. The chief prosecutor for the ICC revealed on Monday that the results of a preliminary probe have suggested the U.S. likely committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan.

Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014,” the report stated.

These abuses appeared to be widespread, as the crimes “were not the abuses of a few isolated individuals. Rather, they appear to have been committed as part of approved interrogation techniques in an attempt to extract ‘actionable intelligence’ from detainees.”

The report continued: “The information available suggests that victims were deliberately subjected to physical and psychological violence, and that crimes were allegedly committed with particular cruelty and in a manner that debased the basic human dignity of the victims.”

Following this assessment, ICC prosecutors have said they will decide “imminently” whether to seek authorization to open a full investigation into the United States’ conduct in Afghanistan that could then lead to war crimes charges. In order to open a full investigation, ICC prosecutors have to establish whether the court has jurisdiction and whether the alleged crimes are already being investigated and prosecuted in the countries involved. Even though the United States is not a member of the ICC, because the crimes were reportedly committed in Afghanistan (a member of the ICC) the American personnel responsible can ultimately face prosecution at the court’s headquarters in the Hague, which is located in the Netherlands.

This development is especially relevant considering that only a month ago, Secretary of State John Kerry was calling for Russia and Syria to face trial for war crimes over the bombardment of Eastern Aleppo.

How the U.S. will be able to maintain its ability to criticize other countries following this announcement remains to be seen.

 

Darius Shahtahmasebi writes for The AntiMedia, where this article first appeared. Used with permission from the publisher.

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