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ColWestRet May 26th, 2017 12:16am

An American citizen is being held in jail overseas for obstruction of justice. Assume the charge is valid. Should the Trump administration attempt to intervene in his behalf?

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Brrrrrrrrr
05/26/17 6:26 am

Yes. The primary function of a nation is to look after its citizens. I, too, am guilty of having uttered the absurd myth that we must respect foreign laws. We must not, the reason we have our laws is because we find them more respect-worthy than the others.
So we must bring her back and charge her according to American laws. Especially if she's stuck in some of the more backward countries.

ctskapski x
05/25/17 8:41 pm

Yes. If only providing legal council.

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kletcht
05/25/17 7:54 pm

Yes, if the charge, valid or not, violates basic human rights.

commonsense America isnt racist
05/25/17 7:42 pm

Sure. Here's no harm in trying to be diplomatic and try to get our citizen released.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
05/25/17 6:45 pm

Should Trump intervene in Michael Savage's ban from entering the UK?

skinner Wisconsin
05/25/17 6:23 pm

Not if the charge is valid, the trial is free and fair, and the sentence is not cruel or unusual.

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xtarite
05/25/17 6:06 pm

If the punishment is unreasonable, absolutely. If the punishment is reasonable then it's his fault for committing the crime

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stickman46 NJ
05/25/17 5:33 pm

You do the crime - you do the time

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
05/25/17 5:36 pm

Depends on where you are.
If the law of the land is unreasonable, the home country should intervene.

stickman46 NJ
05/25/17 5:50 pm

No, unfairness and ignorance is no excuse. I travelled the world and obeyed the laws.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
05/25/17 5:22 pm

Maybe via the consulate or embassy.
Most countries protect citizens abroad, it's part of your citizenship rights.