ARMED FORCES: G.l.s in NATO Courts

American colonists in the early 1770s were riled by the King's ordinance allowing British soldiers to be tried in England for civil offenses committed in the colonies. No less irritating to many Englishmen in the early 1950s was the ten-year-old agreement which put U.S. servicemen stationed in Britain outside the jurisdiction of British courts. This irritant was formally removed last week, when the U.S. Senate ratified an addition to the North Atlantic Treaty giving foreign courts the right to try U.S. servicemen for off-duty offenses.

The NATO amendment will standardize the status of U.S. troops in all 13 NATO countries....

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