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senate Bill S. 1377

Prosecuting Overseas Crimes Committed by U.S. Contractors

Argument in favor

There is a lot of ambiguity surrounding how U.S. laws apply to overseas contractors. This bill would eliminate the confusion, protect people overseas, and hold criminals accountable.

Steven's Opinion
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01/01/2016
I read the counter argument, are you joking?? If you're a spy and breaking the law is in your job description and you get caught, you can't turn around and say "hey I'm a spy" you can't arrest me for this! Back to reality, when we let contractors go overseas and do what they like with no consequences, we build ill will towards our country.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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02/04/2016
Unless their job requires them to, we should be prosecuting these people. Regardless, the trial should happen in America to make sure their rights are being upheld.
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Denny's Opinion
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02/05/2016
Yes these people should be responsible for their actions. It's already bad enough somebody is making money off of the misery of other poor people. I know everyone has a right to make a living but they need to also look at the morality of how and where you make that money. Especially if we have caused the situation where contractors are in said country to begin with. Jmo
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Argument opposed

This bill needs to address whether some personnel, like intelligence employees, should be shielded from prosecution as their jobs may require them to break the law.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/04/2015
Our interests should focus on protecting our nationals in matters impinging on the legal actions taken by foreign nations, not prosecuting them proactively. Who wants the DOJ horning in when it s so clearly corrupt already.
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npuzar's Opinion
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01/27/2016
US laws stop at US borders, if American contractors commit a crime overseas they should be at the mercy of the overseas courts.
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Patrick's Opinion
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02/05/2016
Turn law breakers over to the country where the crime was committed
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    I read the counter argument, are you joking?? If you're a spy and breaking the law is in your job description and you get caught, you can't turn around and say "hey I'm a spy" you can't arrest me for this! Back to reality, when we let contractors go overseas and do what they like with no consequences, we build ill will towards our country.
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    Unless their job requires them to, we should be prosecuting these people. Regardless, the trial should happen in America to make sure their rights are being upheld.
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    Yes these people should be responsible for their actions. It's already bad enough somebody is making money off of the misery of other poor people. I know everyone has a right to make a living but they need to also look at the morality of how and where you make that money. Especially if we have caused the situation where contractors are in said country to begin with. Jmo
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    Our interests should focus on protecting our nationals in matters impinging on the legal actions taken by foreign nations, not prosecuting them proactively. Who wants the DOJ horning in when it s so clearly corrupt already.
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    Let's refer to them as what they actually are: mercenaries.
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    Think about sex crime. It's real. It happens.
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    By that means the need to be afforded the same right then if they are going to be held to US laws.
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    At least a fair trial
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    This makes sense. We pride ourselves as a nation on having an outstanding legal system. Citizens working abroad should represent themselves as they would in the U.S. and if they don't they should be prosecuted according to our laws if there aren't repercussions in the country they're residing in.
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    Why should US contractors, or anyone else, get away with crimes for which they'd be prosecuted in the US?
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    We do not jurisdiction outside our borders.
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    Does this address atrocities committed by businesses like Blackwater? It should.
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    Doesn't SOFA cover this?
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    Some contractors should be allowed to break the law if it is absolutely necessary.
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    What are we doing there in the first place. We have military, why do we need contractors.
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    Do the crime - do the time. No one rides for free.
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    This should cover every group (including the DoD) or don't bother.
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    These people are our representatives abroad, they need to be held to our standards. No more black water debacles.
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    The military code should be amended to cover CIA agents. Federal agencies should be discouraged from hiring Hessians or other contractors to do government work. Government work should be done by government employees.
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    Americans should be accountable for international activities.
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