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June 12, 1998
STATEMENT OF HOWARD PHILLIPS,
CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSERVATIVE CAUCUS,
IN OPPOSITION TO U.S. SUPPORT FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
In behalf of The Conservative Caucus, I recently (6/12/98) joined Cliff Kincaid of the American Sovereignty Action Project (ASAP) in expressing opposition to U.S. participation in the proposed International Criminal Court:
"Approval of the proposed U.N. International Criminal Court by the President and Senate would be in fundamental conflict with their Constitutional oaths.
"The Constitution of the United States makes clear that All legislative Powers shall be vested in a Congress of the United States. Powers which are vested cannot be transferred.
"Article III of the U.S. Constitution stipulates in Section 1 that The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
"The proposed U.N. International Criminal Court is not under the Constitution of the United States, as is the U.S. Supreme Court and the various inferior courts, nor would it be structured to be subordinate to our Congress.
"For these fundamental reasons, the President should have refused to participate in negotiations to establish this court, and the Senate has a duty to peremptorily reject any treaty which would result in the diminution of our liberty and independence by casting aside the principle of Constitutional accountability and surrendering the sovereignty of our law system.
"The Biblical foundations of our Constitution and the protections it provides to our rights should not be sacrificed to promote an anti-Christian New World Order, with an International Criminal Court enforcing laws enacted by the United Nations."
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