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Obama Executive Order Alters Your Legal Protections
Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2010 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Posted on 01/02/2010 4:50:54 AM PST by Kaslin

With the signing of an under-publicized amendment to Executive Order 12425, Barack Obama has fundamentally altered your constitutional rights. His actions are undermining your rights to protect personal privacy from a foreign internationalist police agency named Interpol. A one-paragraph executive order may seem inconsequential to many, but this action has far reaching implications and threatens the sovereignty of America.

Obama's secretive Executive Order amended an order issued by President Reagan in 1983. Reagan's order recognized Interpol as an International Organization and gave it privileges and immunities commonly extended to foreign diplomats. Reagan opened the door to allow Interpol to operate in partnership with the U.S. but with significant constitutional safeguards. Specifically, Interpol's property and assets remained subject to search and seizure by American law enforcement, and its archived records remained subject to public scrutiny under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Interpol had to answer to the FBI and U.S. courts under Reagan's order. These safeguards were stripped away by Obama's action the week before Christmas without debate or explanation. Obama picked the holiday season to make this radical change to minimize media coverage.

This order marks a significant change in federal policy and usurps the constitutional power of our government by yielding it to an international organization. Michael van Der Galien writes, "This foreign law enforcement organization can operate free of an important safeguard against government and abuse. Property and assets, including the organization's records, cannot now be searched or seized. Their physical operational locations are now immune from U.S. legal and investigative authorities."

Obama has given an international organization unsupervised freedom to investigate Americans on our own soil without recourse or the supervision of our own government.

Andy McCarthy writing for the National Review asks some very significant questions: "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?"

Interpol is the enforcement arm of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The United States never signed onto the Rome Treaty which created the ICC because of the potential for abuse by foreign interests. Obama has signaled he may sign the treaty over these objections and subject Americans to prosecution overseas in the ICC. This is harmful for two reasons. First, the U.S. Constitution clearly states that it is the supreme law of our land and allowing the ICC to supersede the U.S. Constitution violates America's sovereignty. Second, the War on Terror is unpopular with Europeans and the ICC may attempt to prosecute heroic American soldiers with trumped up war crimes. Obama is putting brave American men and women at grave risk.

An added wrinkle to this executive order is that Interpol's operations center for the United States is housed within our own Justice Department. Many of the agents are Americans who work under the aegis of Interpol. This order has potentially created the new civilian security force that Obama proposed during his campaign. This group of law enforcement officials is no longer subject to the restraints enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

The order guarantees that Interpol officers have immunity from prosecution for crimes they may commit in the United States. Ironically, some Interpol nations are attempting to try American intelligence agents for their work abroad in the War on Terror.

This order shows blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution. While Obama is extending due process rights to terrorists he is weakening those same rights for American citizens. If a citizen were to be prosecuted by Interpol their newly granted immunity would interfere with the discovery process. Since Interpol files are immune to disclosure, a citizen could be denied his right to see the information used to prosecute him or her.

Obama's executive order has done more to weaken civil liberties than the much maligned Patriot Act. The silence in the mainstream media on this issue should scare all freedom loving Americans. Obama just signed away parts of our precious legal protections.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoeo; interpol
The last paragraph, especially the last sentence in the last paragraph says it all
1 posted on 01/02/2010 4:50:54 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The problem is that it won’t get any attention till its used in a high profile case and then they’ll call it Reagan’s EO.


2 posted on 01/02/2010 4:54:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Kaslin
What is perverse about Obama is how he destroys the rights of citizens yet protects and expands the rights of terrorists.

Leads one to believe that he is aiding and abetting our enemies.

3 posted on 01/02/2010 4:58:20 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Al Qaeda only hijacked commercial aircraft...Obama hijacked the White House!)
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To: Kaslin
Why would we elevate an international police force above American law?

Because every good Marxist needs his KGB or Stasi.

4 posted on 01/02/2010 5:01:03 AM PST by highlander_UW (There's a storm coming - little kid at a Mexican gas station in The Terminator)
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To: Kaslin

InterPol, The Face of Obambys’ Big Brother?


5 posted on 01/02/2010 5:01:06 AM PST by bravotu (Have a Nice Day !)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Leads one to believe that he is aiding and abetting our enemies.

Which is why he needs to be impeached and tried for treason.

6 posted on 01/02/2010 5:07:44 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: cripplecreek

I was about to comment that I’m glad this is starting to get some attention, but then I read your post and realize you’re right. :-/


7 posted on 01/02/2010 5:10:41 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Kaslin
When Interpol asked for these protections they simply turned their agents inside the US into Mafia targets.

They already had that status in Sicily.

The fundamental problem is that the second a police organization is placed beyond the bounds of ordinary jurisprudence folks still need to get satisfaction, and they will do that one way or the other.

I'd suggest here that it all has to do with Chicago politics. Mayor Daley wants something and he's sent Obama out to get it. Once the Mayor has what he wants, the EO will be revised. (Not saying there's a war on between the Democrats in Chicago and the mob, but they do have friction).

8 posted on 01/02/2010 5:21:22 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

maybe Interpol wants to join the SEIU.

unions are going global to boost their bank accounts...

and ACORN is going global as well...

hmmmmm


9 posted on 01/02/2010 5:44:39 AM PST by homegroan (ZQczar...happily addicted to the Refresh Button.....)
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To: muawiyah

Ronald Noble still heading Interpol?


10 posted on 01/02/2010 5:51:41 AM PST by mewzilla (Rick Santelli for Man of the Year!)
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To: mewzilla
Ronald Noble quote from this link....

DAILY ALERT March 17, 2004

"You cannot expect the police to secure every citizen, every building in every location from every possible terrorist attack," Interpol chief Ronald Noble said Tuesday at a security conference in Manila. "The only way is to identify terror groups and dismantle them."

Okaaaay....

This is why you don't fight a war by calling the cops.

11 posted on 01/02/2010 5:55:18 AM PST by mewzilla (Rick Santelli for Man of the Year!)
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To: Liz

I’m pinging you to the above, especially reply #11 just in case you’d find it of interest :)


12 posted on 01/02/2010 5:57:44 AM PST by mewzilla (Rick Santelli for Man of the Year!)
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To: Kaslin

....Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? ......

One reason might be a quid pro quo.

That is, there is another secret agreement giving similar privileges to American LEOs operating offshore


13 posted on 01/02/2010 6:01:11 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: Kaslin
The question is not that he did it, but WHY did he do it?
The Patriot's Flag - O gives USA to INTERPOL
14 posted on 01/02/2010 6:04:09 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Kaslin; All

15 posted on 01/02/2010 6:18:33 AM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: mewzilla
Obama's executive order WRT Interpol marks a significant change in federal policy and usurps the constitutional power of our government by yielding it to an international police force.

Keep in mind.....anything and everything Obama does is a strategic move to increase his power over the people through the executive branch.....

FOR YOUR REFERENCE The phrase "to gain executive branch authority" was first heard 70 years ago, or so.....part of a package called "The Enabling Acts"......although it was written in German. The Enabling Acts granted "the executive" the authority to write new laws and change old laws without oversight.

16 posted on 01/02/2010 6:22:34 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin

I don’t much about this but isn’t it ok if Reagan did the same thing? Sometimes we just complain to complain. Remember Reagan is our hero? Has everyone forgotten suddenly?


17 posted on 01/02/2010 7:06:19 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Kaslin

hehehe, I’m waiting for the knock on my door...

“Interpol! We have some questions for you!”

I will give creative licencing to the FReepers here as to what may happen in response to that interuption to my day...


18 posted on 01/02/2010 8:05:39 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: thethirddegree

And then shot after convicted. We need to make an example of traitors.


19 posted on 01/02/2010 9:38:03 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Kaslin

Our constitution is worth more now than ever.


20 posted on 01/02/2010 4:13:00 PM PST by x_plus_one (Even the Russian online newspaper Pravda featured a column about "the man with no visible past.")
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To: napscoordinator

Reagan didn’t do the same thing.


21 posted on 01/02/2010 6:14:03 PM PST by bronxville
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To: All

WHY IS THIS NOT AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE??!!(Yes, I’m shouting)


22 posted on 01/04/2010 10:38:04 AM PST by Marathoner (At least Hitler was a corporal.)
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