As sovereign as I wanna be

The Washington Post reports:

The Bush administration has decided to take the unusual step of bestowing on its own troops and personnel immunity from prosecution by Iraqi courts for killing Iraqis or destroying local property after the occupation ends and political power is transferred to an interim Iraqi government, U.S.
officials said.

The administration plans to accomplish that step — which would bypass the most contentious remaining issue before the transfer of power — by extending an order that has been in place during the year-long occupation of Iraq. Order 17 gives all foreign personnel in the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority immunity from “local criminal, civil and administrative jurisdiction and from any form of arrest or detention other than by persons acting on behalf of their parent states.”

U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer is expected to extend Order 17 as one of his last acts before shutting down the occupation next week, U.S. officials said. The order is expected to last an additional six or seven months, until the first national elections are held. [Emphasis added]

Thanks to Blair for the link.


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a Phoenician in a time of Romans


Does that mean other countries can go around destroying American property and killing Americans if they give themselves immunity from American courts too?


The administration argued before the Supreme Court that Cuba had “sovereignty” over Guantanimo. Iraq will likely have similar sovereignty after the occupation “ends.”


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