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‘Already Dead to Us’: Trump Admin to Declare International Criminal Court at The Hague ‘Illegitimate’



The Trump administration is poised to declare the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague “illegitimate.” It is a move that will further distance the United States from its allies and make it easier for the world to view America as uninterested in abiding by a common set of rules and moral standards.

“We will not cooperate with the ICC,” Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton (photo) will say in a hard-hitting speech to a far right wing group, the Federalist Society. “We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”

The International Criminal Court was created to adjudicate international war crimes and acts of terrorism. 123 nations belong to the organization, which has indicted more than three dozen people during its history.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton is also expected to say, as Reuters reports.

Bolton is expected to threaten the ICC, saying the United States “will fight back” against the international judicial body if it opens what Reuters describes as “an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by U.S. service members and intelligence professionals during the war in Afghanistan.”

During his speech Bolton is also expected to announce the Trump administration will kick the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) out of Washington, D.C., in a move seen as working to protect Israel.

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‘He’s Taking All Their Uteruses Out’: Whistleblower Compares ICE Detention Center to ‘Experimental Concentration Camp’



A whistleblower complaint filed Monday alleges an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center is responsible for an exorbitant number of hysterectomies being performed on migrant women, apparently without consent and for unclear reasons.

Systematic forced sterilization is a crime against humanity according to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

The whistleblower complaint, filed on behalf of a nurse at Irwin County, Georgia, ICE Detention Center (ICDC), also charges “jarring medical neglect,” Law & Crime reports, “including a refusal to test detainees for the novel coronavirus.”

One detainee said: “When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies.”

The whistleblower said there is one gynecologist in particular who is performing the hysterectomies at an alarming rate.

“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody,” said Dawn Wooten, “everybody’s uterus cannot be that bad.”

“We’ve questioned among ourselves like goodness he’s taking everybody’s stuff out…That’s his specialty, he’s the uterus collector. I know that’s ugly…is he collecting these things or something…Everybody he sees, he’s taking all their uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out. What in the world.”

One detainee “was originally told by the doctor that she had an ovarian cyst and was going to have a small twenty-minute procedure done drilling three small holes in her stomach to drain the cyst,” the whistleblower complaint alleges.

“The officer who was transporting her to the hospital told her that she was receiving a hysterectomy to have her womb removed. When the hospital refused to operate on her because her COVID-19 test came back positive for antibodies, she was transferred back to ICDC where the ICDC nurse said that the procedure she was going to have done entailed dilating her vagina and scraping tissue off. “

“Another nurse then told her the procedure was to mitigate her heavy menstrual bleeding, which the woman had never experienced. When she explained that, the nurse responded by getting angry and agitated and began yelling at her.'”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a Dept. of Homeland Security agency.

Image of DHS Sec. Chad Wolf and President Donald Trump by US Dept. of Homeland Security via Flickr 

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Trump Knew Coronavirus Could Be a Crisis but ‘Made Clear’ Lower Numbers ‘Were Better’ for His Re-Election: Report



Politico reporter Dan Diamond is out with a bombshell story about how President Donald Trump and his administration not only botched the management of what is now the coronavirus pandemic, but clearly took steps that were not in the best interest of the public in order to help the President’s re-election efforts.

In short, according to Diamond, Trump was warned “the new coronavirus could be a major problem,” but “made clear – the lower the numbers on coronavirus… the better for his potential reelection.”

In this interview Diamond tells NPR’s Terry Gross that President Trump “did not push to do aggressive additional testing in recent weeks, and that’s partly because more testing might have led to more cases being discovered of coronavirus outbreak, and the president had made clear – the lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for the president, the better for his potential reelection this fall.”

Just to be clear, let’s look at that again: Trump “did not push to do aggressive additional testing” and “had made clear – the lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for the president, the better for his potential reelection this fall.”

NPR took to Twitter to ensure the quote was clear, emphasizing that it was indeed President Trump’s decision to not push for testing – in order to keep the documented cases of coronavirus as low as possible – despite the clear public health risks.

(It does not seem to be a stretch to say that the lack of testing – for whatever reason – will likely lead to coronavirus related deaths.)

Diamond says that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar “did go to the president in January. He did push past resistance from the president’s political aides to warn the president the new coronavirus could be a major problem. There were aides around Trump – Kellyanne Conway had some skepticism at times that this was something that needed to be a presidential priority.”

So Conway, who just days ago on national television lied, insisting the Trump administration had “contained” the coronavirus outbreak, reportedly didn’t think a global pandemic – it has been clear that’s where this was headed – was important enough to involve the President.

Diamond tells Gross that “some of the decisions behind the scenes haven’t always reflected the best judgment of career professionals.”

Clearly that’s correct.

There’s a great deal more of how the Trump administration has not just mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic, but horrifically mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic, and in some cases to benefit Trump’s re-election efforts. The NPR interview is 44 minutes long. You can read it or listen to it at NPR, or listen to it below.

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A ‘Scared’ Trump Visits Iraq for the First Time in His Presidency



President Donald Trump visited war-torn Iraq for the first time during the fifth day of his spearheaded government shutdown. The 72-year-old admitted to reporters that he was “scared” for his safety and the safety of his wife, First Lady Melania Trump.

The two traveled on a secret overnight flight from Washington, D.C. and landed in pitch dark territory. It’s been 15 years since the American invasion.

“If they want us to do the fighting, they also have to pay a price,” Trump said at the Al Asad Air Base, where he landed after dark with Mrs. Trump. “Sometimes that’s also a monetary price, so we’re not the suckers of the world. We’re no longer the suckers, folks. And people aren’t looking at us as suckers.”

He remained on the ground for about three hours before he took the podium to address approximately 100 servicemembers.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted about the impromptu visit that some might say was timed a bit illustriously.

According to CNN, Trump recently ordered a drawdown of the 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan and, citing the destruction of ISIS, a complete withdrawal of 2,000 troops from Syria — which came against the advice of his military generals and top national security officials.

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