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May 23, 2004

Rejection of International Criminal Court, peace of mind for murderers

British and American troops are to be granted immunity from prosecution in Iraq after the crucial 30 June handover, undermining claims that the new Iraqi government will have 'full sovereignty' over the state.
(who the hell made that claim?)
Despite widespread ill-feeling about the abuse of prisoners by American forces and allegations of mistreatment by British troops, coalition forces will be protected from any legal action.
They will only be subject to the domestic law of their home countries.
(And that means peace of mind for potential torturers/murderers who decided to become active turturers/murderers whose tortures/murders have been exposed, perhaps because they are too stupid that they took pictures of their tortures/murders, because they knew that they just MIGHT be court-martialed and receive a MAXIMUM of one year in jail, a very comfortable jail, that is).

The laws of a country that allow criminals to become the leaders of that country, have no values and no legitimacy for the free world. Even if those laws were fair, they would still not satisfy the true requirements of justice, as the concerned issues are not internal issues and should not be dealt with internally.

Additionally, all the efforts from the US officials to provide immunity for its forces and leaders who directly or indirectly commite crimes against the humanity, give them open hands to kill and/or torture the way and as much as they wish. As an example and in a related development, The Independent has
uncovered proof of US troops deliberately and indiscriminately shooting civilians (and it) examine(s) new evidence that suggests the lawlessness in the American military was never confined to the prison camps and torture rooms but extended to the streets and homes of Iraq.
Also, read Torture is as American as apple pie, An Exerpt:
...."Some people may recover their humanity if something extraordinary happens," Crelinsten explains. "It's much harder to leave than to enter the routine of torture. Special privileges, for instance, alcohol and rewards, reinforce what they are doing."

However, he said, some do repent. "A man who tortured prisoners in a Latin American country said that one day he noticed a victim who had a club foot. So did his best friend. Suddenly he felt that it could be him, and he couldn't go on."

But once inside the closed world of torture — whether in a formal training school or a military base — resistance is difficult, and for some, impossible.

In the case of Iraq, the U.S. had already taken steps to make sure its troops were exempt from international war crimes prosecutions, and to remove international protection from those captured in its "war on terror." Officials at every level have also denied any involvement in the Abu Ghraib scandal.

"No responsible official of the Department of Defence approved any program that could conceivably have been intended to result in such abuses," said defence spokesman Larry DiRita.

However, says Federico Allodi (a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Toronto-based Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture), who has treated torture victims since the American-backed assault on Latin America's left-wing rebels and governments in the 1970s, Washington has developed a thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of torture for decades, and has instructed both Americans and foreigners: "torture is as American as apple pie."

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