<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: The few. The proud. The rapists.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The few. The proud. The rapists.

Four U.S. Marines stationed in the Philippines have been accused of raping a 22-year-old Filipina. The Marines are in U.S. custody pending trial, but a Philippines court has ordered that they be transferred to Philippine custody. The U.S., however, is resisting that order because of a thing called a "Visiting Forces Agreement" (VFA). Apparently, a VFA gives Marines the right to rape foreign women with impunity.

The Philippine judge chosen to hear the case issued a statement saying that he would "invoke our sovereignty and must take custody over the accused within the Philippine court," and that he would "'issue the warrants of arrest for the accused."

We hope the U.S. does the right thing and turns the Marines over to the Philippine court.



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