Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Did Obama Place INTERPOL Above U.S. Law?
Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12-29-09 | Bob McCarty

Posted on 12/29/2009 2:34:25 PM PST by BobMcCartyWrites

After learning recently that President Barack Obama had, on Dec. 17, quietly amended Executive Order 12425, I decided to find out what impact, if any, it might have on Americans. At first blind to the potential ramifications of the amendment, I was startled at what I found once the pieces of this disturbing political puzzle started falling in place.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: barackobama; birthcertificate; blackmail; executiveorder; extortion; immunity; interpol; treason
After learning recently that President Barack Obama had, on Dec. 17, quietly amended Executive Order 12425, I decided to find out what impact, if any, it might have on Americans. At first blind to the potential ramifications of the amendment, I was startled at what I found once the pieces of this disturbing political puzzle started falling in place.

In order to understand the amendment, I had to first look at the original version of Executive Order 12425 signed by President Ronald Reagan June 16, 1983. The wording of that EO appears below:

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and statutes of the United States, including Section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (59 Stat. 669, 22 U.S.C. 288), it is hereby ordered that the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), in which the United States participates pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 263a, is hereby designated as a public international organization entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions and immunities conferred by the International Organizations Immunities Act; except those provided by Section 2(c), the portions of Section 2(d) and Section 3 relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act. This designation is not intended to abridge in any respect the privileges, exemptions or immunities which such organization may have acquired or may acquire by international agreement or by Congressional action.

Note that President Reagan cites the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945 and notes the exception of Section 2(c), the portions of Section 2(d) and Section 3 relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act.

Next, I looked at Executive Order 12971 which was signed by President Bill Clinton Sept. 15, 1995. It removed from the first sentence of EO 12425 the words, "the portions of 2(d) and" and the words "relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes".

Finally, I looked at the language below that President Obama used to amend EO 12425:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words "except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act" and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

Rather than delve into the nitty-gritty details of every amended section (i.e., 2(c), 2(d), 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Act, I'll simply refer you to the Act and then get to the heart of the matter.

According to Steve Schippert at Threats Watch, the Obama amendment to EO 12425 results in the following:

Others agree: In his piece at National Review Online, Andy McCarthy asks the troubling questions that deserve the nation's full attention:

Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?

More to come, I'm sure.

1 posted on 12/29/2009 2:34:29 PM PST by BobMcCartyWrites
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: BobMcCartyWrites

The President did not, strictly speaking, place INTERPOL “above US Law”. You will not have INTERPOL agents arresting US citizens and removing them from the country.

What he did do is extend and deepen their diplomatic immunity grated by Act of Congress and consequently reduce oversight of their operations in the United States and not adequately explain we he did so. It’s a matter for concern and somewhat troubling.

However the good news is what is done by Executive Order can also be undone by Executive Order by a future President. Also the present Congress or a future one can and should hold hearings into the matter and, if necessary, change the Act and change INTERPOL’s status


2 posted on 12/29/2009 2:55:19 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BobMcCartyWrites

I have a crazy idea...WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY ASK HIM WHY HE SIGNED THIS?


3 posted on 12/29/2009 3:22:03 PM PST by Hildy (This Christmas, the Democrats have given America the one gift that keeps on taking.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hildy

ABC’s Jake Tapper has asked to no avail - via Tapper’s Twitter:

“i’ve asked the WH twice now about the executive order the president signed exempting Interpol from certain laws. No response.”
http://twitter.com/jaketapper


4 posted on 12/29/2009 3:36:09 PM PST by Velveeta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: GreenLanternCorps; All
...What he did do is extend and deepen their diplomatic immunity grated by Act of Congress and consequently reduce oversight of their operations in the United States and not adequately explain we he did so. It’s a matter for concern and somewhat troubling....


To let Interpol do the domestic spying bit that the FBI and CIA can't, and then to report back to him?

5 posted on 12/29/2009 3:39:56 PM PST by az_gila (AZ - need less democrats - one Governor down... more to go.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: BobMcCartyWrites

Hows that ICC shaping up for the US Just ask Obama !


6 posted on 12/29/2009 3:41:25 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Screaming in Agony they ran to the Government But then Realized from whence the Agony came !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GreenLanternCorps
Yes, but that circumvents the FOIA and basically the 4th amendment meaning a world court could try a US citizen ... think about it! This is a nice little first step toward favoring the world court. (But I have to agree with a poster "up the thread" ... why not ask Obama why he signed it?)
The Patriot's Flag - Obama gives USA to Interpol
7 posted on 12/29/2009 4:28:19 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: BobMcCartyWrites

ABC Jake Tapper’s latest tweet:

“got a response from administration on Interpol thing. more to come.”
http://twitter.com/jaketapper


8 posted on 12/29/2009 4:32:59 PM PST by Velveeta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Velveeta

Gotta love real journalists. Shocked that Tapper isn’t working for Fox or WSJ.


9 posted on 12/29/2009 4:34:37 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: RinaseaofDs

Tapper’s great - a real old fashioned journalist looking for the truth behind the story.

Really, what IS he doing at ABC?


10 posted on 12/29/2009 4:42:19 PM PST by Velveeta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: BobMcCartyWrites

Anyone who is above the law of the land is also outside the law of the land. They apparently exist in an entirely lawless zone. It’s good to know the playing field if you ever have to deal with one of them.


11 posted on 12/29/2009 6:30:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson