US wants to let International Criminal Court “die”

Investigations by the International Criminal Court could be conducted against members of the US military. A Trump counselor describes the court as “illegitimate.”

The US government has threatened sanctions against members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague should they take action against US citizens. Washington will impose entry bans and financial sanctions on judges and prosecutors, said White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, in a speech in Washington on Monday when the court proceeds against US, Israeli or other ally.

Bolton also sharply attacked the ICC and described it as illegitimate and “downright dangerous”. The US would not support, not cooperate with, and join the Tribunal, Bolton said Monday in Washington. He described the advocacy of the court by the states of the European Union as “dogma”. “We’re going to let the International Criminal Court die,” Bolton said. He meant an interference in the state sovereignty of the United States.

Allegations against US military

The security consultant, known as the arch-conservative, responded to an investigation by the chief prosecutor at the Hague Tribunal against members of the US military and US intelligence agencies about possible war crimes in Afghanistan. “Every day, the ICC could announce the formal investigation of American patriots who voluntarily risked their lives to protect our nation, our homeland, and our families after the September 11 attacks,” Bolton said.

In a November 2016 report, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (Gambia) accused US military officials and members of the US CIA of torturing or brutally treating inmates. The majority of the incidents are said to have occurred between 2003 and 2004.

The CIA had developed an interrogation program after the 9/11 attacks to persuade terrorist suspects to disclose information. These included sleep deprivation and the internationally outlawed “waterboarding”, ie simulated drowning.


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