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Press Release - International Criminal Court

       
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Contact: Kent Snyder, 703-241-1003


AMERICAN JUSTICE FOR AMERICANS - NATIONWIDE PETITION DRIVE LAUNCHED TO OPPOSE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC)

The Liberty Committee launched a nationwide petition drive asking President George W. Bush to rescind the signature of the United States of America to the International Criminal Court treaty that former President Clinton authorized on December 31, 2000. The petition along with commentaries and position papers opposing the ICC can be viewed by going to  http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/iccsummary.htm.

"If the United States becomes entangled in the web of the International Criminal Court, our country will never be the same," stated Kent Snyder executive director of The Liberty Committee.

Congressman Ron Paul honorary chairman of The Liberty Committee stated, "Once created, the international court will give the U.N. the mechanism it needs to enforce its global 'laws' against American citizens. All Americans concerned with our sovereignty as a nation should be very alarmed by this latest development."

The International Criminal Court will consider itself to be formally and officially
established after only 60 of the world's 161 countries ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC. As of today, 27 countries have already ratified the treaty. The ICC needs just 33 more ratifying countries, from among the 112 which have already signed but not yet ratified, to claim jurisdiction over all 161 countries and their citizens.

Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger expressed his opposition to the International Criminal Court in a July 3rd, 2000 commentary: "In short, the treaty gives the ICC the right to try and imprison U.S. citizens, including our military and other government officers, even [if] we have refused to sign it, let alone ratify it."

The Liberty Committee is a nationwide, grassroots organization of over 43,000 Americans whose goal is to restore the national government of the U.S. to its constitutional limitations.

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