"Under the Rome Treaty, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will come into being with the ratification of 60 governments, and will have jurisdiction over the most heinous abuses that result from international conflict, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”
President Clinton said these words on December 31st, 2000, only 3 weeks before leaving his office. It was on this day, he signed in agreement with the 1998 Rome Treaty on the International Criminal Court, approved by the United Nations in a vote of 120 to 7. The International Criminal Court promised to employ a judicial system where the international community would try the most serious crimes of war, including torture and genocide.
So, it’s under this article of the Geneva Conventions; the international community would be investigating the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, right? Not under the Bush administration. You see it’s just another case of G.W. editing law to suit his agenda, as he officially “unsigned” this article of the Geneva Conventions back in May 2002. Yes, that’s right, he “unsigned” the very article of the Geneva Conventions that currently would be launching the independent and international investigations of systemic torture, designed and ordered by the Bush Administrations Chain of Command. This decision was made public, in a press statement released by Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John R. Bolton…
“ This is to inform you, in connection with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adopted on July 17, 1998, that the United States does not intend to become a party to the treaty. Accordingly, the United States has no legal obligations arising from its signature on December 31, 2000. The United States requests that its intention not to become a party, as expressed in this letter, be reflected in the depositary's status lists relating to this treaty.”
Is the Bush administration above the law? Did they break the law when they hijacked an election, stole from the treasury, waged war under false pretense, ordered torture, lied to congress, and lied to Americans? What about back in 2002, with the U.S. mass grave execution of 3,000 surrendered Afghanis who were packed into plastic barrels, shot at for “air holes”, loaded into freight trucks, driven across the desert for a week, pulled out of the blood, feces, and rotting flesh filled barrels, dumped into a hole, and any left breathing, awake or comatose, were executed on the spot - were there any laws broken then? The President certainly had knowledge of this, as he made mention to the Convoy of Death in his January 28, 2003, state of the union address, saying…
“More than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries, and many others have met a different fate... let's put it this way, they are no longer a problem for the United States and our friends and allies.”
The Bush administration doesn’t break the Law - they fix it. Whether it’s a preemptive attack on the Geneva Conventions or the Constitution, they’ve planned ahead, and they’ll continue to endeavor to placate the world and the American people with their contempt for democracy, while they practice oligarchy.