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Posted: 7/2/2002 6:19:00 AM EDT
[url=www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-344149,00.html]Article[/url] [b]Congress unites in fear of world 'government'[/b] AMERICAS conservatives see the creation of the first global criminal court as another step towards a sinister world government that threatens US sovereignty. They denounce the new tribunal as a kangaroo court set up by a deeply suspect United Nations. The White House is bowing to conservatives who have a kneejerk reaction to any international body that has even the most remote authority to tell the United States what to do, The New York Times commented. But the opposition in this case extends across the political spectrum. Congress has taken the extraordinary step of passing legislation that would authorise military action to free any American taken into custody. Even Hillary Clinton voted for it, one congressional aide said. The idea that its some right-wing paranoid fear about the International Criminal Court (ICC) is not true. In the US political context, the supporters of the ICC are a small minority one fifth of the Senate. The other four fifths were ready to pile in. The court is seen as an assault on the United States and US sovereignty.
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