Because freedom can't protect itself
Allison, I would think that the "A"CLU would more strongly oppose the idea of American servicemembers being convicted in absentia and despite the right that our government negotiated with the host government legal protection (Status of Forces Agreement). While you may be narrowly joyful at seeing someone, to you a fairly anonymous someone, be "held accountable" for US policy, this precedent opens the door for your American service members' rights to be challenged worldwide by governments with political agenda that may not align with the ACLU's. Seems a very hollow "victory," and one that an Americans' rights organization should analyze more critically.
Does anyone at the ACLU have the slightest perception that torture is being used for purposes other than interrogation right here in the US by agencies other than the CIA ? Ever heard of directed energy weapons, gang stalking, noninstitutionalized behavior modification, infrasound ? Insidious beyond anything you can imagine....
Stationed Overseas -
I don't know that the status of forces agreement applies to anyone other than military personnel. It should certainly not apply to individuals entering a country with the explicit intent of breaking that country's laws.
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