International Criminal Court Legislation

February 13, 2001

Dear friend of liberty,

House Concurrent Resolution 23 (H.C.R. 23) was submitted Thursday,
February 8, 2001 by Representatives Ron Paul (Texas), Virgil Goode
(Virginia), Walter Jones (North Carolina), Roscoe Bartlett (Maryland),
and John Duncan (Tennessee).  H.C.R. 23 expresses "the sense of
Congress that President George W. Bush should declare to all nations
that the United States does not intend to assent to or ratify the
International Criminal Court Treaty...and the signature of former
President Clinton to that treaty should not be construed otherwise."
H.C.R. 23 was referred to the House International Relations Committee
of which Representative Paul is a member.

Representative Henry Hyde (Illinois), the new chairman of the House
International Relations Committee, recently stated to Insight magazine
(01/26/01), "I think that the defense of our sovereignty is one of the
big issues currently before the International Relations Committee.  This
International Criminal Court [ICC agreement] that the president just
signed is an assault on our sovereignty.  We would yield jurisdiction
for criminal prosecutions for our citizens in foreign courts.  I think
that would be a serious mistake."  Mr. Hyde continued, "Surely there's a
principle at stake, and the principle is whether we yield jurisdiction,
hence part of our sovereignty, to a foreign entity constituted not by
American citizens under the U.S. Constitution, which protects society
and citizens, but to a foreign entity over which we have no sovereign

Opposition to the United States subjugating itself to the International
Criminal Court is mounting.  President Bush, members of Congress, former
secretaries of the departments of State and Defense, the current
Department of Defense, public policy foundations, newspaper editorial
boards, and columnists are opposed to us yielding our national
sovereignty; yielding our judicial system; yielding our constitution to
an international tribunal based in the Netherlands.

Opposition to the International Criminal Court is mounting among the
American public.  Since launching our nationwide petition drive just a
few weeks ago, 19,782 people have signed our petition addressed to
President Bush.  However, it's not just the American public.  People
from Canada, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Namibia, Brazil, Israel, and
Belgium have signed our petition.  One gentleman from United Kingdom
wrote, "You can help save the sovereignty of all countries."

Our petition drive to President Bush has already started.  If you have
not signed our petition, please do so now.  Today, our drive to get
H.C.R. 23 passed begins.  Therefore, please urge your U.S.
representative to cosponsor H.C.R. 23 today.  You can sign our petition
and write to your U.S. representative by going to and clicking "International Criminal
Court."   The text of H.C.R. 23 is posted there along with numerous
items about the International Criminal Court.

Please sign our petition, if you have not already done so, and write to
your U.S. representative urging him to cosponsor H.C.R. 23.  Please
ask family and friends to do the same.

Thank you for your help!

Kent Snyder
The Liberty Committee

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