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Jon Roland on Foreign Policy

Former 2008 Libertarian Senate Challenger


Congress has no constitutional authority to enforce treaties

The authority to punish offenses against the law of nations (Art. 1 Sec. 8 Cl. 10) include only the following:
  1. Attacks on foreign nations, their citizens, or shipping, without a declaration of war.
  2. Dishonoring of the flag of truce, peace treaties, and boundary treaties.
  3. Depredation of wrecked ships & their passengers.
  4. Piracy on the high seas.
  5. Mistreatment of prisoners of war.
  6. Attacks on foreign embassies, ambassadors, and diplomats, and on foreign ships while in domestic waters or in port.
  7. Dishonoring of extradition treaties for criminals who committed crimes in a nation with whom one has such a treaty.
  8. Enslavement of foreign nationals and international trading in slaves.
  9. Entry into a country across its border without consent of lawful authorities.
It does not include any other treaties or violations. No treaty provisions are enforceable which would require the exercise of powers not delegated by the Constitution.
Source: Constitutionalist Platform at www.constitution.org , Jan 1, 2012

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