The Iran “Plot”: Hillary Tries to Involve the UN

Hillary Clinton has invoked a UN treaty protecting diplomats and country leaders in her effort to turn the absurd Iranian plot into an international incident.

If they were involved in a plot to kill Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, that would likely violate the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a point on Wednesday of noting that Iran had agreed to the U.N. treaty.

“This kind of reckless act undermines international norms and the international system. Iran must be held accountable for its actions,” she said.

The United States has two options if Iran officially rejects the case, including pursuing action at the U.N. Security Council. That was done when Libya refused to hand over two men accused of the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

The United States or Saudi Arabia could bring it to the United Nations and argue that “these are very obvious violations and for the Security Council to do nothing in light of this major attempted violation cheapens the words” of the treaty, Kaye said.

Another option, if there is a dispute under the U.N. treaty for protected persons, is that one side can seek an arbitration and ultimately a ruling from the Court of International Justice, located in the Netherlands.

How convenient that this plot would so neatly provide the US and Saudi Arabia opportunity to start demanding the extradition of Qods Force leaders.

But given the Intelligence Community’s acknowledged, though still unexplained role in this plot, and given that the development of a kidnapping plot into an assassination plot (both are covered by the UN treaty) may have happened during conversations where our experienced DEA informant somehow forgot to press the button on his tape recorder, and given that the FBI coached the DEA agent to invent all the details of this plot (including, potentially, its location in DC), shouldn’t Hillary be a little more cautious before she calls for the extradition of those who dreamt up this plot?

It would be terrible if our own people were held accountable for one of the many acts of attempted terrorism they’ve either incited or encouraged, after all.

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emptywheel @lhfang Sorry. That's not possible. Iran is the only state sponsor of terrorism, I've heard.
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emptywheel I mean, sure, very same dead-enders lied to get us into Iraq. But lying about something as sacred as appropriations? https://t.co/HIQSznfntd
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emptywheel @JasonLeopold Really wishing DiFi still had that gavel. @vicenews
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bmaz @emptywheel I'm tellin ya, there is something up here.
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emptywheel @bmaz I swear the beasts must have sent each other notes in my luggage.
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bmaz Limpy Limperson, the oh so poor neglected dog of the house, seems to think she should eat an hour early tonight: http://t.co/sTSn9iQah0
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emptywheel @JasonLeopold Have you asked SSCI about this? It is rather curious. @vicenews
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emptywheel Why didn't Saxby and DiFi know that most of this wasn't for torture report? https://t.co/9wVDUry6Gl
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emptywheel You mean dead-enders claiming torture report cost $40M lied? They ... lied???? https://t.co/9wVDUry6Gl
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emptywheel @StevenTDennis Thought this was Dem' complaint: "Speaker uses leg calendar to create crises for US to compel Members to vote for leg;"
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emptywheel Bt Pollard's release splitting anti-Iran nutjobs & GOP House teeing August to be abt Boehner Iran deal might survive http://t.co/39Oc2RxOTl
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emptywheel @Johngcole Perhaps, but that would also elicit one of those patented Palin brawls that are so fun to watch.
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