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house Bill H.R. 1819

Should the State Dept. Offer Bounties to Apprehend Suspected War Criminals for Prosecution?

Argument in favor

The State Department’s program that offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of war criminals needs the clarity that it can target individuals who would be prosecuted domestically, not just by international tribunals.

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09/23/2019
Start with Trump. He is starting wars and collusion with our enemies.
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Aaron's Opinion
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09/22/2019
Yes. And the state department should offer money to apprehend this criminal administration when they’re voted out of office and flee the country to avoid prison
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Nick's Opinion
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09/22/2019
I hope we start with Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney.
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Argument opposed

The War Crimes Rewards Program should only be used to pay bounties to apprehend war criminals who would be prosecuted by international tribunals, not those that would be tried under the law of the U.S. or other countries.

Jim's Opinion
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09/22/2019
In light of recent events and the failure of our system of checks and balances arethe lack of respect for the rule of law , I would worry about abuse by the executive branch..in fact that and climate change are about the only things I worry about anymore. So NO WAY.
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Mark's Opinion
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09/22/2019
Will they honor warrants for Donald Trump, and his administration’s crimes against humanity? If not, then no.
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Hillary's Opinion
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09/22/2019
Being paid to hunt down human beings like trophy animals is appalling.
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    They can begin by charging 45.
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    In light of recent events and the failure of our system of checks and balances arethe lack of respect for the rule of law , I would worry about abuse by the executive branch..in fact that and climate change are about the only things I worry about anymore. So NO WAY.
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    Start with Trump. He is starting wars and collusion with our enemies.
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    Will they honor warrants for Donald Trump, and his administration’s crimes against humanity? If not, then no.
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    Being paid to hunt down human beings like trophy animals is appalling.
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    Is trump pitching a new reality TV show?
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    Yes. And the state department should offer money to apprehend this criminal administration when they’re voted out of office and flee the country to avoid prison
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    If we are not in a declared war with an adversary: Bounties for "SUSPECTED" war criminals- NO. This is way too open for abuse. Bounties for "INDICTED" war criminals- Possibly, depending upon judicial review to assure this is not being used for political purposes or to force a foreign power to submit to US pressure. I think we need to be very careful about funding bounty hunters that are not sanctioned as well by a plurality of our long-term allies.
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    I hope we start with Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney.
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    Suspecting someone of a crime is not a legal basis to condemn anyone in a court of law in the US. People are innocent until proven guilty.
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    What war are we talking about? WWI or WWII? The others have not been declared wars. WWI are all dead, WWII most are dead that had any authority to perform criminal war acts. Is this really coming from someone within this administration? Oh my god Bernie or Biden stand a chance. In reality shouldn’t this be left up to the United Nations?
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    If this passes, Dick Cheney should be the first person apprehended.
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    We already pay people to find and apprehend those suspected of high crimes against the State. We don’t need bounties, nor wanna-be officers with weapons bounty hunting! No, nope, not a good idea!!!
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    I fully support and recommend passage. The United States has been at the forefront of prosecuting war crimes since WW1 and 2 and should set the example for other nations. #MAGA
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    Yea. Start with Trump and his administration, Moscow Mitch and his cronies and henchmen, and then move on to Saudi Arabia and the rest
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    If the person has already been tried and convicted (and not done in absentia) and is not in custody, then a bounty may be appropriately considered. Not, however, if crimes are only suspected. That alone would appear to violate due process on it’s face. There are also too many opportunities for things to go “wrong” and innocent people hurt or killed. While it is true that the rule of law is increasingly threatened and increasingly meaningless in this country, do we really want to go further down that path?
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    !! G O G E T E M !! !! G I T E R D O N E !!
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    Who is going to determine who is a war criminal?
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    The military industrial complex creates new enemies every day. No No No. Bring our people in uniform home and let them fight their own battles.
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    It says suspected war criminals . Which means they haven’t been clarified as war criminals. That has a chance of being grossly abused, and it’s a waste of resources.
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