In a Twilight Zone-esque move, the Hague-based International Criminal Court, which holds no jurisdiction over America, nonetheless issued a not-so-veiled threat via its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, to go after U.S. troops for perceived improper treatment of detainees in Afghanistan during military missions between May 2003 and December 2014.
Bensouda, a Muslim lawyer from Gambia, wrote in a letter, reported by the New American, that “members of U.S. armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan.”
The New American goes on:
“The kangaroo court’s ‘chief prosecutor’ also claimed that operatives with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency might have subjected more than two dozen detainees to ‘torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and/or rape’ between December 2002 and March 2008. The alleged crimes took place in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania, and Lithuania, according to the report. Echoing previous rhetoric, ICC ‘prosecutors’ said they would ‘imminently’ decide whether to try and press forward with a full-scale investigation and possible war-crimes charges against U.S. military and intelligence personnel. The court also claims jurisdiction over vague ‘crimes of aggression.’”
“Whether the baseless threat to illegally prosecute U.S. forces was an effort to stem the exodus of members from the troubled and widely ridiculed court was not immediately clear. But while the ICC has in the past issued illegitimate threats to prosecute Americans over supposed crimes in places such as Libya, the threats have generally been ignored, because the court has no jurisdiction over Americans. By claiming that the alleged crimes by U.S. troops took place in nations where authorities have signed on to the Rome Statute, which created the court, the ICC now claims it may be able to investigate and prosecute Americans without constitutional protections.”
America ought to respond with a simple toss of head and say: What does the ICC matter to the United States?
But President Obama is not the man for that job.