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Praetorianus October 13th, 2013 10:34pm

What do you think about extraterritorial laws? There are several definitions, I mean that a US citizen can be prosecuted at home for a crime committed abroad, such as piracy or sex tourism if the host country cannot or will not prosecute.

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cowboy Proud Father
10/14/13 3:56 pm

The Us is the World Police, after all.

10/13/13 9:24 pm

As Lon as it stays in that country who cares.

skinner Jersey City
10/13/13 7:10 pm

Great idea. That way we can ensure the US does not harbor criminals.

Liberty 4,032,064
10/13/13 6:14 pm

That's a horrible concept. The federal government does not have jurisdiction over the entire world.

EmWalt Meet Jim the Duck
10/13/13 4:57 pm

If the host country has no problems and it didn't hurt anyone, I'd say forget about it. However, if they, for instance, killed someone abroad and the host country didn't have the funds to send someone to prosecute them, then go for it!

10/13/13 3:43 pm


soupyquinn Jr. nuke tester
10/13/13 3:39 pm

As long as the crime doesn't hurt other Americans (ie training jihadists) I'd say as long as the host country has no problems with it, there is no issue.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/13/13 3:41 pm

Very reasonable.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/13/13 3:37 pm

Normally I'd say prosecuting something that is illegal in the US but legal elswhere if a US citizen does it abroad means disrespecting foreign countries customs. So if drugs are legal in Spain, a user shouldn't be prosecuted for what he uses there.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/13/13 3:39 pm

However, if it's piracy or international terrorism, it's different. This is illegal everywhere but a country like Somalia is unable to rein in its pirates, so if a US citizen joins Somali pirates, he should be tried once he returns home.

10/13/13 3:35 pm

Depends in the circumstances.