from The Liberty Committee
January 22, 2001
Dear friend of liberty,
The gavel hits. Its piercing crack commands the room. History is made.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is now in session -- and our country
will never be the same.
"In July of 1998, 120 nations met in Rome and voted to endorse an
international criminal court. According to its own terms, when the treaty is
ratified by 60 nations, it will be capable of exerting universal jurisdiction
over every human being on the planet. This type of criminal court has been on
the wish list of the United Nations since 1947." -- Dr. James Hirsen,
"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." -- Congressman Ron Paul, 1/8/01
"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." -- former Secretary of
Defense Caspar Weinberger, 7/3/00
"On the International Criminal Court treaty, 'the [Defense]
Department's position has been clear,' a Pentagon official said. 'We were
against signing it and still are.'" -- Washington Post, 1/1/01
"Casey [Lee A. Casey, a former Justice Department official who
specializes in international law] said he opposes the creation of the
permanent International Criminal Court under the auspices of the United
Nations because he believes its powers are too extensive, and could subject
American citizens to trial without allowing them the rights and protections
they are guaranteed by the Constitution." -- Washington Post, 1/1/01
"National sovereignty, which means that Americans are answerable to no
one but their own government and their own laws, should never be compromised.
The creation of a permanent, international war-crimes tribunal certainly would
compromise the national sovereignty of every country on Earth." --
Charley Reese, 1/11/01
The Liberty Committee is indeed very alarmed by the International Criminal
Court. According to recent press reports, President Bush is alarmed also. Today,
The Liberty Committee is launching a nationwide petition drive asking President
Bush to rescind the signature of the United States to the International Criminal
Court treaty that former President Clinton authorized on December 31, 2000.
To complete the on-line petition, go to http://www.TheLibertyCommittee.org.
Please ask family and friends to do the same. There is a printable version of
the petition that we ask you to print, copy and distribute to people who don't
use the Internet. All completed and received petitions, on-line and printed,
will be presented to the White House.
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 ratified the treaty. The
ICC needs just 33 more ratifying countries, from among the 112 which have signed
but not yet ratified, to claim jurisdiction over all 161 countries and their
"It is my fervent hope that ...a large majority of United Nations
Member States will have signed and ratified [the ICC treaty], so that the
Court will have unquestioned authority and the widest possible
jurisdiction." -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 7/18/98
"Only hours before the Dec. 31  deadline, Bill Clinton gave the
United Nations its most significant victory so far in its relentless quest for
global governance: the International Criminal Court." -- Henry Lamb,
Supporters of the ICC have worked for years to establish this new world
court. It is now time for us to do our work. Please sign our petition and ask
others to do the same.
The Liberty Committee
KeepAndBearArms.com Note: The only pro Liberty quote above
with which we disagree is that from former Secretary of Defense Caspar
"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."
We respectfully submit that no treaty that violates American
rights provides non-Americans "the right" to do anything. It may
help globalists feel like the power they've granted themselves is real, but when
U.N. troops start operating like international police in American cities, they
will see how much power they really have, or don't, when they meet the
We have enough problems with federal police stomping civil
rights over here; we don't need rights-ignorant people from other countries who
hold our Constitution in disregard telling us what we can and cannot do, thank