Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Genocidaires…

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My colleague Raj Purohit writes on the Citizens for Global Solutions blog:

A few years ago I was talking to a former high level official from the Clinton Administration about Pol Pot. Specifically we were discussing why he was never brought to trial for his crimes in the weeks before he committed suicide. The official told me that there was a real desire on the part of the Administration to bring Pol Pot to trial in the U.S. but that our criminal code was far too narrow to allow for a prosecution to occur. The official correctly noted that the law as it stood only allowed for the prosecution of individuals who have committed genocide within the U.S.

Raj’s quick post exposes an important and embarrassing gap in U.S. criminal code: genocide can only be prosecuted in the U.S. if it’s committed by a U.S. national or on U.S. soil. That effectively makes the United States a safe haven for genocidaires everywhere.
It’s time to close this loophole. The Senate passed the Genocide Accountability Act earlier this year to do just that. Pelosi & Co. need to move on this and give it the attention it deserves.
— Scott Paul

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10 comments on “Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Genocidaires…

  1. ET says:

    Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son were conviced in 2003 for participating in the Rwanda genoice and they had been “hiding” in Laredo, Texas.

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  2. karenk says:

    Oh here’s another one-Anastasio Somoza’s daughter went to very exclusive private schools in the US-NYC I believe, or so she told me when I met/was introduced to her at a mutual friends house in the south of France in 1986.
    Yeah, the US takes good care of it’s brutal dictators-and their families.

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  3. karenk says:

    I knew something was wrong-Filipinos, with an “F”!

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  4. karenk says:

    Not only does the US not prosecute these evil people, we give them pretty decent digs.
    The US provided a respite for Ferdninand Marcos in Hawaii(Oahu) after he murdered tortured and imprisoned 75,000 Phillipinos(and a beautiful house it was-I rode by it on a tour in the mid 80’s-wanted to throw an egg or tomato but didn’t have one handy!) Also, I believe the US provided haven for the Shah of Iran when he was overthrown.

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  5. Tom S says:

    Pol Pot’s death was in obscurity and unmourned. That’s how it should be.

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  6. David N says:

    Of no connection to this thread whatsoever.
    Just read that a judge dismissed the Plame lawsuit seeking damages for outing her classified identity. Judge based the ruling on a technicality, which, as we all know, must mean he’s a Republican, since Republicans are so in favor of technicalities in law.
    What gets me is the defense claim that punishing people for abusing national security will damage national security. Perfect!!
    What the hell, it isn’t as if there would be any way to enforce a ruling against them, since they are above the law, anyway.
    Cheers.

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  7. Carroll says:

    They will never use it.
    In too many cases they would have to indicte some US officials for complicity in the genocides.

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  8. FINEST says:

    Well, well, well. Now that Plame IV’s 15 minutes and Scooter’s vacation are history we can kindly and gently put this quasi-scandal (not really) to bed and get ready for the main course. Let’s see if we can get that bird cooked real well done, or better yet, just pop it in the microwave. It’s gonna taste the same no matter what sauce you dip it in. Uh, crow that is. Bon apetit, Master Clemons.

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  9. FINEST says:

    Well, well, well. Now that Plame IV’s 15 minutes and Scooter’s vacation are history we can kindly and gently put this quasi-scandal (not really) to bed and get ready for the main course. Let’s see if we can get that bird cooked real well done, or better yet, just pop it in the microwave. It’s gonna taste the same no matter what sauce you dip it in. Uh, crow that is. Bon apetit, Master Clemons.

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  10. FINEST says:

    Well, well, well. Now that Plame IV’s 15 minutes and Scooter’s vacation are history we can kindly and gently put this quasi-scandal (not really) to bed and get ready for the main course. Let’s see if we can get that bird cooked real well done, or better yet, just pop it in the microwave. It’s gonna taste the same no matter what sauce you dip it in. Uh, crow that is. Bon apetit, Master Clemons.

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