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2500 U.S. marines in Darwin could be immune from Australian criminal laws

Lawyer Diana Rickard from Basewatch said she had concerns over the Status of Forces Agreement between Australia and the United States, which sets out the legal terms under which the US forces operate while in Australia.

She said the agreement could allow Americans to escape punishment for crimes committed in the course of their duties….

Critics cautious as US marines head to NT, 9 News, 3 April 12, Critics of the US troop build-up in Darwin remain cautious about the move, despite a recent meeting with a senior military official. As many as 250 US Marines are due to arrive in Darwin late on Tuesday, the first of a build-up that will see 2500 American troops in the city by 2017. The troop influx comes after a defence agreement announced by Barack Obama when he visited Darwin in November last year.

Justin Tutty from the the Basewatch group in Darwin, which has been
critical of the troop build-up, said he had met with Australian Major
General Michael Krause, who is helping oversee the build-up.

Mr Tutty said that at the meeting last week, General Krause had
dismissed concerns US troops would bring nuclear weapons or cluster
munitions into Australia.

“All the concerns we have outlined as still present, none of them have
been formally resolved,” Mr Tutty said.
“But we feel really good that at least they understand what those
concerns are and they are verbally answering them correctly,” he said.

Mr Tutty said he wanted to see details of the assurances put into a
legal document.

“It seems like we have all just got to get it all down in black and
white, to make sure everything everyone agrees verbally is spelled out
legally,” he said.

Lawyer Diana Rickard from Basewatch said she had concerns over the Status of Forces Agreement between Australia and the United States, which sets out the legal terms under which the US forces operate while in Australia.

She said the agreement could allow Americans to escape punishment for crimes committed in the course of their duties….
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith will be in Darwin to greet
the US marines on Wednesday morning.
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8446103/critics-cautious-as-us-marines-head-to-nt

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April 4, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal, politics international, weapons and war

2 Comments »

  1. so i am not the only person concerned with the presence and build up of marines on our soil… only a short few weeks after ‘joke’ Gillard lifts a 28 year ban on uranium mining… then it is conviently plastered all over the news that it is believed north korea has a missile launch pad and possible missile that is allegedly pointing towards our northern states… then Gillard is brown nosing Obama last week during the talks in south Korea… now this!?!! i wish someone; ANYONE, would just tell the truth! :(

    Comment by gabriella | April 5, 2012 | Reply

  2. The concerns about American marines in Australia are indeed genuine but what we ought to be asking ourselves is whether Australia really needs to engage in a defence agreement with America. Don’t we have enough forces to protect our own country?

    Comment by Darwin | April 9, 2012 | Reply


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