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Shredding The Constitution

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Next Monday the International Criminal Court officially comes to life. The required 60 nations have ratified it--although the U.S. has not--so in September the member nations will meet to set rules for selecting judges and its prosecutor. A serious issue is the impact the ICC would have on America`s constitutional democracy. The ICC is modeled on the Continental European system of justice, which, unlike the Anglo-American system, values strong central authority rather than individual rights. Our Constitution carefully defines the rights of citizens and limits government, dividing power among the legislative, executive and judicial branches. But none of these protections will apply in ICC prosecutions.

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