Thursday, December 31, 2009

INTERPOL Now Superior To The Constitution Of The United States Of America
Says who? Take a wild guess

WARNING! Harsh Language Alert



In it's entirety from The Washington Examiner; (Emphasis mine)
Obama gives Interpol free hand in U.S.
Examiner Editorial
December 30, 2009

No presidential statement or White House press briefing was held on it. In fact, all that can be found about it on the official White House Web site is the Dec. 17 announcement and one-paragraph text of President Obama's Executive Order 12425, with this innocuous headline: "Amending Executive Order 12425 Designating Interpol as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities."In fact, this new directive from Obama may be the most destructive blow ever struck against American constitutional civil liberties. No wonder the White House said as little as possible about it.

There are multiple reasons why this Obama decision is so deeply disturbing. First, the Obama order reverses a 1983 Reagan administration decision in order to grant Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, two key privileges. First, Obama has granted Interpol the ability to operate within the territorial limits of the United States without being subject to the same constitutional restraints that apply to all domestic law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Second, Obama has exempted Interpol's domestic facilities -- including its office within the U.S. Department of Justice -- from search and seizure by U.S. authorities and from disclosure of archived documents in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by U.S. citizens. Think very carefully about what you just read: Obama has given an international law enforcement organization that is accountable to no other national authority the ability to operate as it pleases within our own borders, and he has freed it from the most basic measure of official transparency and accountability, the FOIA.

The Examiner has asked for but not yet received from the White House press office an explanation of why the president signed this executive order and who among his advisers was involved in the process leading to his doing so. Unless the White House can provide credible reasons to think otherwise, it seems clear that Executive Order 12425's consequences could be far-reaching and disastrous. To cite only the most obvious example, giving Interpol free rein to act within this country could subject U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence personnel to the prospect of being taken into custody and hauled before the International Criminal Court as "war criminals."

As National Review Online's Andy McCarthy put it, the White House must answer these questions: Why should 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 that will be beyond the scrutiny of Congress, American law enforcement, the media, and the American people?

And the good folks over at SodaHead have given the specifics of exactly what was amended from Reagan's signing of EO 12425;

Through EO 12425, President Reagan extended to INTERPOL recognition as an "International Organization." In short, the privileges and immunities afforded foreign diplomats was extended to INTERPOL. Two sets of important privileges and immunities were withheld: Section 2© and the remaining sections cited (all of which deal with differing taxes).

And then comes December 17, 2009, and President Obama. The exemptions in EO 12425 were removed.

Section 2c of the United States International Organizations Immunities Act is the crucial piece.

Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable. (Emphasis added.)
Inviolable archives means INTERPOL records are beyond US citizens' Freedom of Information Act requests and from American legal or investigative discovery ("unless such immunity be expressly waived.")

Property and assets being immune from search and confiscation means precisely that. Wherever they may be in the United States. This could conceivably include human assets - Americans arrested on our soil by INTERPOL officers.
From WhiteHouse.gov;
The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 17, 2009

Executive Order -- Amending Executive Order 12425

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

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.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 16, 2009.

8 Comments:

Blogger JLS said...

The good news first: The U.S. does not have a national police force.

The bad news: The U.S. now has an international police force: KGB without borders. Sort of like Books without Borders, only it's now Booked without Borders.

Now they don't read the Miranda Rights, but the Mirandachev Rights.

Well, at least they'll keep us from having insurgents bombing our streets.

And with all the new paper money being printed up overtime in the White House basement and some of the printing farmed out to printshops in China to handle the overload, it won't be piling up because of all the additional foreigners running around with badges and spending it.

Well, that might not make sense, but either does the U.S. government. And it's not all bad; there is precedent: During the Revolutionary War of Independence, the Colonists under George Washington, an Englishman, hired German mercenary Hessian armies and French Army generals to help fight for victory. Then the new U.S. government bought Louisiana by paying the French for it. I don't think they paid the English for the Colonies; maybe that's why we're still employed by the British government to wreak vengeance on the middle east for all those defeats of the English lords throughout the centuries.

What goes around, comes around: Hopefully it leaves real soon, though.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Bill Hoog said...

I may be paranoid, but, I think the stage is being set to prosecute members of the previous administration.

Of course, just because you are paranoid does not mean that they are not out to get you!

9:10 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

I've tried to be paranoid but nobody gives a dam*, not even those idiots who are out to get me.

11:05 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

Actually, I think Youtube is out to get me. Every time I click on Vir's Youtube prezos, I end up spending another hour on Youtube with oldies but goodies such as "Shortnin' Bread" and other great old songs. Well, the silver lining in this is that I've discovered the fastest guitar players in history.

11:08 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

Not having reviewed the section of the Constitution which gives the president the authority to declare martial law, I'm not sure what the restrictions or limitations or qualifications for such declaration are.

But it seems that a president has some authority to do this stuff. But Congress and the Court also have authority to limit it.

I created a bunch of scenarios on how to thwart a door kicking in by Interpol, but it was a bit drastic for the moment. The best perhaps was to find an Indian ancestor and go and live on a rez. Another would be to set up a second home in the back hills of Tennessee (overlooking the expansive lands of algore) where shiners have been operating for decades without the revenuars being able to get to them. Maybe all fifty million Catholics in this nation could pack up and move to the remote part of the desert and live in caves and dig wells, and live off of roast kangaroo rats and other endangered species.

In the meantime it might work to pressure the reps to kick out the czars and take their places, just staring down prezbo at every juncture.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

By the time Obama is finished the US will no longer be a sovereign nation by the looks of things.

11:02 AM  
Blogger SonarMan said...

Forgive me, I'm no lawyer, and I have love at all for the ass-clown currently in the WH. But, according to my reading of the deleted sections of Obamas EO, it looks to me like he's actually taken some of InterPol's immunities by deleting those sections.

I've read those sections, and I'm having some trouble seeing what everyone else is seeing. I'm trusting in you fine folks here to enlighten me. Please someone take a look at it and see if they see what I see, or correct my interpretation.

Thank you.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

SM,
Like you, I'm no lawyer. But I read it as The Zero extending immunities from certain rights that we Americans enjoy. That, and that they are setting up shop in a non-administrative fashion, on American soil, I find bothersome.

In the meantime, keep the good comments coming!

1:41 PM  

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