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Dateline: American Service Members' Protection Act


Leaders in Congress still want the Bush administration to endorse the American Service Members' Protection Act before allowing government funds to pay U.S. arrears at the U.N.. The proposed legislation would exempt Americans accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide from being tried by the International Criminal Court.

Members of Congress are concerned about American soldiers and officials being subject to what they call "frivolous or politically motivated prosecutions."

Michael Glennon is an international law expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center here in Washington. In a Dateline interview with VOA's Tom Crosby, Mr. Glennon said the American Service Members' Protection Act could undercut the aims of the International Criminal Court.

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