In an attempt to gain full immunity from the International Criminal Court [ICC], Congress has threatened withdrawal of hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from any country who refuses to sign immunity accords. The provision, stuck into the 2005 government spending bill, would "bar the transfer of assistance money from the $2.52 billion economic support fund to a government "that is a party" to the criminal court but "has not entered into an agreement with the United States" to bar legal proceedings against U.S. personnel." [WP]
The International Criminal Court employs a judicial system where the international community tries the most serious crimes of war, including torture and genocide -- it was installed to hold accountable the Adolf Hitlers of the world. Bush officially “unsigned” this article of the Geneva Conventions back in May 2002 and has since publicly spoken against it. And now with over 100,000 dead civilians in Iraq, free fire zones, and approved torture all being accepted under the umbrella of the War on Terror -- why is the Bush administration squirming so to relinquish any last sanctions?