The Pentagon is blocking the Biden administration from sharing evidence of alleged Russian war crimes with the International Criminal Court based in the Hague over concerns that a precedent could be set for Americans to be prosecuted for their military actions, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The US has a history of impeding the ICC’s efforts to investigate suspected war crimes committed by the US and its allies but has offered to help probe Russia’s war in Ukraine. Attorney General Merrick Garland visited Ukraine last week and pledged the Justice Department would help Ukrainians with investigations.
According to the Times, the rest of the Biden administration, including the State Department, Justice Department, and intelligence agencies, favor giving information to the ICC. In December, Congress modified restrictions on helping the court to facilitate the investigations into Russia’s military operations.
During the Trump administration, the US sanctioned the ICC for looking into the US war in Afghanistan. The Biden administration reversed the sanctions but expressed opposition to the Afghanistan probe and investigations into Israeli actions against Palestinians.
“We continue to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations,” Blinken said when the sanctions were reversed in April 2021. “We believe, however, that our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders in the ICC process rather than through the imposition of sanctions.”
The US pressure without sanctions appeared to have worked as the ICC later announced it would resume its Afghanistan probe but would focus on alleged atrocities committed by the Taliban and ISIS-K, not the US.
21 thoughts on “Pentagon Blocks US From Sharing Info on Alleged Russian War Crimes With ICC”
No spirit of co-operation is there?…
If ever there were a world where the International Criminal Court could operate independently and supersede in the judicial sense state actors and not be de facto reduced to just a political tribunal I could get behind it. But this whole exercise is farcical. This is a world where a particularly violent cartel has a law to invade and occupy the court to jailbreak their own gangmembers if ever captured. In such I world I say feck off with this circus of washed out clowns.
“Pentagon Blocks US From Sharing Info on Alleged Russian War Crimes With ICC”
Ukrainian war crimes are far more prevalent and stretch al the way back to 2014.
As for terrorism there is the culpability of Joey Biden on the Nord Stream pipeline!
Maybe they have no evidence, they have no evidence concerning the pipeline sabotage, they never had evidence on the Iraqi WMDs.
One thing for sure, the US government officials have no credibility.
There certainly IS documented evidence of the Iraq WMD of which the US was well aware. The evidence for the Iraq WMD was that the US gov’t changed the currency in which Iraqi oil and gas were sold from Euros to USD post Iraq invasion.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
ICC for thee but not for me.
The US would be in court for decades answering for it`s WAR CRIMES from 1953 to the present day , but what is really sickening is the fact the NATO LACKEYS and numerous international bodies allow them a free pass .
WTF, the ICC is turning out to be worse and more corrupt than all, its time to treat them as part of all our problems, and no solution at all……………!!!!!!!!!!!!
Always was corrupt. Just look at the travesty of justice in Tribunals for former Yugoslavia or Rwanda or Sudan, etc.
Agreed, it’s like, the victors write the history books and the ICC does the publishing.
… and what an eloquent illustration of the rules-based-international-order.
We are using sanctions against other nations, persons. It is contrary to the 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution.
Article from Creators.com: https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/03/22/sanctions-on-russia-violate-the-constitution
Who cares about the Constitution, not the DC killers.
The US has undermined the credibility of all international institutions. The world has become a playground for all the criminals in Washington, they will use extortion, torture, break agreements, lie and cheat, there is nothing they would not do, they are ruthless criminals. People without ethics and morals, without character and conscience, savages, they are scum.
The government has a record of foul SMELLING investigations, if there even was an investigation, the Kennedy assassination, the WTC, and a real investigation concerning the pipeline sabotage never happened, and countless other investigations without credible results.
Justice for just us. There’s a rules based international order US foreign policy might consistently support.
Credit to Pentagon for knowing they too play in the pigpen and accusing someone else for being dirty is meaningless.
No it isn’t. It couldn’t. It can’t.
The Pentagon is part of the executive branch of government and does not tell the administration what it can or cannot do in matters like this. It’s the other way around. The Pentagon takes orders from the White House, it doesn’t issue them.
Suggest? Guide? Warn? Convince? Sure. But not block.
The U.S., Russia, China and Israel are not subject to that fake ICC court at the Hague. That is for little countries that violate international law.
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