International Criminal Court
||February 13, 2001
Dear friend of liberty,
House Concurrent Resolution 23 (H.C.R. 23) was submitted
February 8, 2001 by Representatives Ron Paul (Texas), Virgil
(Virginia), Walter Jones (North Carolina), Roscoe Bartlett
and John Duncan (Tennessee). H.C.R. 23 expresses
"the sense of
Congress that President George W. Bush should declare to all
that the United States does not intend to assent to or
International Criminal Court Treaty...and the signature of
President Clinton to that treaty should not be construed
H.C.R. 23 was referred to the House International Relations
of which Representative Paul is a member.
Representative Henry Hyde (Illinois), the new chairman of
International Relations Committee, recently stated to
(01/26/01), "I think that the defense of our
sovereignty is one of the
big issues currently before the International Relations
International Criminal Court [ICC agreement] that the
signed is an assault on our sovereignty. We would
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
hence part of our sovereignty, to a foreign entity
constituted not by
American citizens under the U.S. Constitution, which
and citizens, but to a foreign entity over which we have no
Opposition to the United States subjugating itself to the
Criminal Court is mounting. President Bush, members of
secretaries of the departments of State and Defense, the
Department of Defense, public policy foundations, newspaper
boards, and columnists are opposed to us yielding our
sovereignty; yielding our judicial system; yielding our
an international tribunal based in the Netherlands.
Opposition to the International Criminal Court is mounting
American public. Since launching our nationwide
petition drive just a
few weeks ago, 19,782 people have signed our petition
President Bush. However, it's not just the American
from Canada, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Namibia, Brazil,
Belgium have signed our petition. One gentleman from
wrote, "You can help save the sovereignty of all
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
representative to cosponsor H.C.R. 23 today. You can
sign our petition
and write to your U.S. representative by going to
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org and clicking
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.
ask family and friends to do the same.
Thank you for your help!
The Liberty Committee
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