Skip to comments.Why Does Interpol Need Immunity from American Law? [Andy McCarthy]
Posted on 12/23/2009 7:45:48 AM PST by greyfoxx39
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Why Does Interpol Need Immunity from American Law? [Andy McCarthy]
You just can't make up how brazen this crowd is. One week ago, President Obama quietly signed an executive order that makes an international police force immune from the restraints of American law.
Interpol is the shorthand for the International Criminal Police Organization. It was established in 1923 and operates in about 188 countries. By executive order 12425, issued in 1983, President Reagan recognized Interpol as an international organization and gave it some of the privileges and immunities customarily extended to foreign diplomats. Interpol, however, is also an active law-enforcement agency, so critical privileges and immunities (set forth in Section 2(c) of the International Organizations Immunities Act) were withheld. Specifically, Interpol's property and assets remained subject to search and seizure, and its archived records remained subject to public scrutiny under provisions like the Freedom of Information Act. Being constrained by the Fourth Amendment, FOIA, and other limitations of the Constitution and federal law that protect the liberty and privacy of Americans is what prevents law-enforcement and its controlling government authority from becoming tyrannical.
On Wednesday, however, for no apparent reason, President Obama issued an executive order removing the Reagan limitations. That is, Interpol's property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.
Interpol works closely with international tribunals (such as the International Criminal Court which the United States has refused to join because of its sovereignty surrendering provisions, though top Obama officials want us in it). It also works closely with foreign courts and law-enforcement authorities (such as those in Europe that are investigating former Bush administration officials for purported war crimes i.e., for actions taken in America's defense).
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?
Steve Schippert has more at ThreatsWatch, here.
I think it’s neat. This means it’ll be even more difficult to prosecute me if I need to put a few of them down.
I’m waiting for the order to “Fix Bayonets”.
I think it sounds like preparation for an all out military style assault on the citizenry.
Forgot to ping you, Jim.
Executive order only applies to federal agencies, they still have no exemptions by the states, I doubt they will ever get it.
What is the official WH explanation of why this was such an important thing for him right now? Has anyone asked?
It’ll never happen, not like you’ve worded. We have too many guns, and our military too observant.
Maybe they’ll be utilized to enforce the climate treaty that wasn’t? Not sure, but I’d be surprised to see them doing anything else.
glad i wasnt the onlyone shocked by this i actually posted the order off of whitehouse.gov and was blown away
Let them come. I’m getting old waiting to have children born into a free country.
Lets end this farce once and for all so our children and grandchildren will know what we can only dimly remember.
Thanks for the ping!
wow. A foreign criminal enforcement agency on American soil without US supervision is blatantly unConstitutional and a flagrant disregard of U.S. soveriegnty.
My current theory is that Interpol has “the goods” on Obama and was able to blackmail him into this executive order, telling him that it was the ONLY way to have “the goods” remain confidential, hidden from public eyes.
Obama just keeps on generating these “Molon Labe” moments; does he really want to challenge the largest armed force on Earth?
Itll never happen, not like youve worded. We have too many guns, and our military too observant.
Agreed, the armed American citizenry would make the Taliban look like girl scouts. If the Obama Administration thinks otherwise, they are sorely misinformed.
But hey, if they want to have a go...
From a purely constitutional standpoint, you are correct, but in practice a single sheet of charmin means more today.