(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) The United States Congress has passed a bill that enables the federal government to penalize crimes against laws it did not pass that were committed outside of its jurisdiction.
The bill was a bi-partisan effort according to the New York Times. It was named “the Justice for Victims of War Crime Act.”
The bill came as a response to the speech given to Congress by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It sped through the Congress and cleared both houses despite being authored after the foreigner’s address to Congress on Wednesday.
Congress seems capable of moving fast exclusively. while serving needs that are not of the American people. The bill was designed to enable the federal government to prosecute suspected war criminals from Russia.
As the name suggested, the bill is designed to allow the federal government to prosecute those suspected of committing war crimes who are in the United States, “regardless of the nationality of the victim or the perpetrator, or where the crime was committed.”
Previously, the federal government was restricted to enforcing its own laws. That meant the criminal had to be an American, violate the rights of an American Citizen, be acting on behalf of America, harming America, or commit his crime in American territory to justify legal action. This restricted the federal government to acting on questions concerning people interacting with her laws. No more.
One of the bills primary supporters, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., explained that America’s law enforcement will no longer be bound by her laws.
The clear message of Durbin has clear and predictable consequences.
Because the federal government is no longer bound by law when enforcing international crimes, it now must consider its courts–and its law enforcement agencies–a system of international law enforcement.
That is to say, the federal government must consider itself the world’s court and the world’s police.