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Why the International Criminal Court is bad news for the United States Military and Intelligence Agencies

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Last week, US National Security Advisor John threatened to severely sanction the International Criminal Court (ICC), a judicial branch of the UN, if they proceeded with investigations regarding potential war crimes committed by US armed forces and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during it's wars in the Middle East. Bolton denounced the ICC as "illegitimate" and a "threat to American national sovereignty and security." He also derided the investigation proposed by the ICC as based on "utterly unfounded" claims. While the US government has been at odds with the ICC ever since it retracted its signature from the Rome Statute (the court's founding document), it is also interesting to examine why the ICC was investigating US forces in Afghanistan in the first place. From torture to illegal imprisonment, the ICC alleges that the United States has violated international law on multiple occasions while carrying out military operations during the wars on terrorism.

Last year, Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda stated that the ICC would begin preliminary proceedings examining whether or not there were "secret detention facilities" where "war crimes" were perpetrated "by the United armed forces." Specifically, Bensouda was referring to torture procedures used by the US military against prisoners suspected of Islamist ties, such as waterboarding, a technique which makes the victim think he/she is drowning. Many of these so-called "enhanced interrogation" procedures were undertaken at US military bases like Guantanamo Bay and the infamous CIA "Salt Pit" prison in Afghanistan. It is also worth noting that many of the prisoners held were not allowed to exercise basic Constitutional rights . In the court case Boumediene v. Bush, the Washington D.C. circuit court held that the writ of habeas corpus (the right for someone in custody of the law to know what crimes they are being charged with) does not apply to overseas military bases like Guantanamo. Therefore, it can be reasonably concluded that prisoners held by the US military were not allowed to access the 5th amendment right to due process of law, even though the Insular Cases of 1901 directly state that the US Constitution applies under all foreign territories under US control (this should include Guantanamo Bay). U.S. Constitution aside, the ICC has been called to investigate these potentially unlawful and "indefinite" detentions as violations of international law, specifically international humanitarian law.

When John Bolton threatened the ICC, he had reason to be concerned. For years, the US military and the CIA have been mistreating its prisoners in manners that violate the international accords set at the Geneva Conventions of 1949, since the United States was clearly engaged in an "armed conflict" in Afghanistan and the Middle East when many of these alleged crimes were committed. Although, given the US's power and prestige worldwide, the ICC will likely have no impact on the fates of those involved in the accusations, this investigation should send a loud and clear message of accountability that the United States will hopefully consider when crafting future foreign policy.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Why Ocasio-Cortez Is Unfit For Office

For many of the same reasons as Donald Trump.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's meteoric ascension to elected office was as much of an awakening to the Democrats as was the election of Donald Trump. They too were not immune to the American people's frustration with the current status quo. Unfortunately, for both Democrats and Republicans alike, this has led to the election of polarizing figures with little backgrounds in politics and a commitment to alternative truths.

Ocasio-Cortez considers herself a Democratic Socialist and is out of touch with reality as much as her idol Bernie Sanders was. Socialist countries past (USSR, East Germany, Vietnam) and present (China) were/are rife with corruption. The socialist utopia which Ocasio-Cortez envisions will be the death of small American business unable to pay the high taxes required to support her platform, which includes Medicare and housing for all. Furthermore, her platform contains a proposal to tax Wall Street to fund public universities and trade schools (her childish thought process probably consisted of Wall Street = stocks = money = something I can tax), and a proposal to abolish ICE and demilitarize the police — besides being incredibly idiotic, a proposal feeding on the misguided anger some American have for our brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe. Our government is in 17 trillion dollars of debt because of its inability to manage money, and Ocasio-Cortez is telling us to give them more. It's appalling and scary someone so out of touch with reality was elected.

Ocasio-Cortez apparently loves alternative truths and lies as much as Donald Trump. Her most recent claim was that 66 percent of her Medicare proposal would have covered by the Pentagon's accounting errors, which total somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 trillion dollars. Looking closely at the article which she cited as the basis of her claims, it becomes clear she did not read or comprehend the article in its entirety and is living in her own fantasy land. The 21 trillion dollars is the sum of all the transactions where the same dollar could have been transferred between multiple accounts multiple times. In fact, the Pentagon hasn't even spent 21 trillion dollars in its existence. Ocasio-Cortez has also said ICE has a quota to detain 34,000 people a day, again another case of her living in her own fantasy land and acknowledging a half-truth. ICE is required to maintain — not fill — 34,000 beds by the DHS Appropriations Act of 2016. Ocasio-Cortez has said many more alternative facts, but I have neither the time nor the desire to bore you and analyze them all.

It's incredibly sad honesty and integrity have no place in American politics. Electing officials who have no commitment to the hard truths will destroy our American values and everything we hold dear. May God help this country.

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