International Criminal Court Judge: “It Can’t Be Fixed” – Cites “Shocking” Interference from Washington
I despise the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. I despise them because overall they are anti-American and anti-Christian. They really have no regard for the law, and I mean the law of God, much less the US Constitution. With that said, ICC Judge Christoph Flügge, who is from Germany, blasted National Security Advisor John Bolton over his response regarding the torture of people in Afghanistan by US troops.
The investigation into the accusations ultimately found “a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity” were committed by U.S. forces, according to MintPress News.
“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 in September. He also called for sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and warned the body against pursuing any investigations into “Israel or other U.S. allies.”
I tend to agree with Bolton on this matter of the court being illegitimate, even though I disagree with his foreign policy. However, you can’t be funding an organization and claim it is illegitimate, which begs the question of why Bolton isn’t calling for a full pull out of the United Nations.
Bolton also shot back at the ICC for attempting to bring Israel up on charges for alleged abuse in Gaza and the West Bank. He said that he would seek to ban ICC “judges and prosecutors from entering the United States,” and went on to add, “We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”
Well, OK. I’m just fine with that, but it doesn’t answer a question as to what the charges are.
John Bolton, the national security adviser to the U.S. president, held a speech last September in which he wished death on the International Criminal Court.
If these judges ever interfere in the domestic concerns of the U.S. or investigate an American citizen, [Bolton] said the American government would do all it could to ensure that these judges would no longer be allowed to travel to the United States – and that they would perhaps even be criminally prosecuted.
The American security adviser held his speech at a time when The Hague was planning preliminary investigations into American soldiers who had been accused of torturing people in Afghanistan. The American threats against international judges clearly show the new political climate. It is shocking. I had never heard such a threat.
It is consistent with the new American line: ‘We are No 1 and we stand above the law.’
Well, let’s be honest here, that last line is just about right. Only issue I have is the US didn’t give authority to the ICC to bring our criminal government to justice. The people retain that right and it is long overdue against our corrupt politicians who sought to invade other countries unconstitutionally and delegate authority to the executive branch they had no authority to delegate.
Tyler Durden adds:
The attacks from the White House were one of two reasons for Flügge’s resignation, as the judge was left aghast by the UN’s deferential response to Turkey after Turkey arrested Aydın Sefa Akay, another UN judge, over alleged links to Fethullah Gülen, a cleric living in exile in the U.S. whom Turkish President Recep Erdoğan claims is the mastermind behind the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Akay was at the end of his tenure when the charge was leveled by Turkey. “We, the other judges, immediately protested. But his tenure was nevertheless not extended by the UN secretary general. And with that, he’s gone,” Flügge said.
The assaults by Turkey and the U.S. were both undertaken in the summertime. Afterwards, Flügge said he realized that the “diplomatic world” did not value the independent judiciary that was the ICC. The lack of a response by the UN to Turkey for its meddling in ICC matters set a dangerous precedent, according to the judge.
“Every incident in which judicial independence is breached is one too many,” Flügge said.
“Now there is this case, and everyone can invoke it in the future. Everyone can say: ‘But you let Turkey get its way.’ This is an original sin. It can’t be fixed.”
America’s biggest problem, next to its welfare state, is its warfare state. John Bolton, a Council on Foreign Relations member, is not working in our interests but in the interests of a global government despite the fact that he is blasting the ICC.
America, don’t be fooled by Bolton’s comments. When the time comes, he’ll praise the ICC when their sights are not set on the US.
Article posted with permission from Freedom Outpost