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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, March 6, 2003
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce the American Servicemember and Civilian Protection Act of 2003.
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This bill prohibits funds made available by the United States Government from being used for the establishment or operation of the Court.
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Perhaps the most significant part of the bill makes clear that any action taken by or on behalf of the Court against members of the United States Armed Forces shall be considered an act of aggression against the United States; and that any action taken by or on behalf of the Court against a United States citizen or national shall be considered an offense against the law of nations.
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Mr. Speaker, on May 6, 2002, President George W. Bush took the commendable step of repudiating the signature of the United States on the Statute of the International Criminal Court, stating that the United States can no longer be a party to the International Criminal Court. He also requested that those states choosing membership in the Court respect the decision of the United States in this matter.
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Mr. Speaker, the Court is an illegitimate body even by the United Nations own standards. The Statute of the International Criminal Court was enacted by a Conference of Diplomats convened by the United Nations General Assembly, whereas according to the UN Charter, the authority to create such a body lies only in the UN Security Council.
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The International Criminal Court was established contrary to the American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It puts United States citizens in jeopardy of unlawful and unconstitutional criminal prosecution.
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The International Criminal Court does not provide many of the Constitutional protections guaranteed every American citizen, including the right to trial by jury, the right to face your accuser, and the presumption of innocence, and the protection against double jeopardy.
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Members of the United States Armed Forces are particularly at risk for politically motivated arrests, prosecutions, fines, and imprisonment for acts engaged in for the protection of the United States. These are the same brave men and women who place their lives on the line to protect and defend our Constitution. Do they not deserve the full protections of that same Constitution?
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Last year Congress passed the American Servicemembers Protection Act within the Defense Authorization bill. Commendable as that effort was, the fact of the matter is that because of the numerous loopholes and exemptions in that legislation, our servicemembers are still not protected from the probing arms of the International Criminal Court. American citizens have absolutely no protection under last years legislation. This is simply unacceptable. That is why I am introducing this legislation that makes the position of the United States clear: we will protect our servicemembers and citizens from this illegal court.
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Mr. Speaker, I hope all members of this body will join me in opposing this illegitimate and illegal court by cosponsoring the American Servicemember and Civilian Protection Act of 2003.