Freedom of the Press versus The United Nations

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  1. Hagan’s American Journal:

    The United Nation’s takes one step closer to world governance

    By

    William John Hagan

    October 14, 2005
    The Houston Home Journal
    Warner Robins, Georgia
    The United States of America

    The United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has been a questionable entity since its inception. On the surface one would find it hard not to support an international court based on the Nuremburg Tribunal which tried Nazi Leaders after World War II. Few people on the world stage have had the fortitude to stand up and point out that the ICTY’s lofty mission of bringing justice to alleged Yugoslavian war criminals is both unnecessary and a danger to national sovereignty.

    Those individuals in the docks, until recently, have not been the most sympathetic individuals. There has been virtually no public outcry about how the United Nations is using the ICTY to establish its sovereignty over independent nations. The nations that are primarily affected are Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia, which are all former republics of the once Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Unlike the Nazi’s tried for crimes against humanity, the accused who are sitting in docks at The Hague are all from nations with functioning judiciaries at home. Both Croatia and Serbia are more than capable of trying their own citizens. Supporters of the ICTY will claim that neither Croatia nor Serbia would fairly prosecute their own former soldiers and political leaders. This is hard to believe since these are the very nations that, under international pressure, have shipped their own citizens off to stand trial in a foreign land.

    Since its inception the goal of many within the United Nations bureaucracy has been world government. The United Nations is, even today, quietly floating the idea of the first world tax. Such a levy would be on oil and would be paid directly by those who pump the crude; the cost would then be passed onto consumer’s world wide.

    Until now, there was absolutely zero chance of any significant opposition to the ICTY’s World Court, whose sovereignty reigned above that of self governing nation states. Who is going to care about the rights of alleged war criminals or the nations that produced them? Why not send them off to a foreign land to stand trial? Well, for the same reason the Iraqi Government isn’t shipping off War Criminals such as Saddam Hussein; there is no need for an independent nation to bow its head to a Non Governmental Organization such as the United Nations.

    Few people are going to loss sleep, however, about a kangaroo court trying a man such as Croatian General Tihomir Blaskic who was convicted of crimes against humanity for allegedly orchestrating the massacre of Muslims in Bosnia. The tribunal was able to secure its conviction, in part, because of the testimony of a “protected witness”. In other words Blaskic was not able to face his accuser.

    The tribunal issued a gag order against the media and ordered that the name of this “protected witness” not be published. There is, of course, no basis in international law for such an order so five Croatian Journalists “violated” the decree and published the name of the witness whose motives, it turns out, were politically motivated. If General Blaskic did in fact commit the crimes for which he was convicted, I would certainly not defend him but I will always support the right of an accused to face their accuser.

    Of much greater import, however, is not the fate of Blaskic it is that of the five Croatian journalists who have now been arrested by the United Nations for violating the gag order of a court in a foreign land. The War Crime Tribunal was set up by the United Nations to try war criminals not journalists. The rights of a free press, in all cases, supercede the desire of the United Nations to formulate world governing power. The UN may think that they can get away with this type of action against Croatian journalists, whose government does not support their right to a free press, but let’s see if they have the will to try to arrest an American journalist for violating their gag order.

    The name of this witness who, in reality, needs no protection is Stjepan Mesić. The reason he does not need protection from the press or anyone else is that he is the President of Croatia. The court’s gag order does not serve to protect Mesic from physical harm but from political harm. In fact, the journalists who have been arrested by the ICTY are political prisoners of the United Nations. No more, no less.



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  2. Nice plug.

    I'm glad the nationally reputed Houston Home Journal is willing to publish this scholarly article. Anything that appears in the "Legal Organ for Houston County, City of Perry, City of Warner Robbins and City of Centerville" is bound to reach the President's desk sooner rather than later.

    Beware the black helicopters!
     
  3. And just what are you 'really' trying to say???

    The ICTY was set up by the UNSC back in the early 90's. A remit that the UNSC didn't really have, but under pressure from the US representative (Madeleine Albright) decided to go ahead anyway.

    So, if you truely believe that the ICTY is trying to take over the world (in particular [I presume] your beloved Croatia), and more importantly why, then I suggest that you do a little more research alot closer to home!

    Good night!
     
  4. or that the orginal UN charter was written by a communist,

    if you dont belive me, check it out yourself WJHII,

    Whitecity, I agree
     
  5. As long as Whitecity doesnt mind remembering what he wrote 5 1/2 yrears ago
     
  6. F**k me!

    ARRSE is getting like the night of the living dead with all these long dead threads coming back to life!