The Interpol Order

RedState: ‘The Obama Administration Gives INTERPOL More Favorable Immunities Than American Law Enforcement Agencies’

I’m in the same position as RedState’s Erick Erickson on this one — for the past week I’ve been receiving e-mails and, largely because of the Christmas holiday and the America’s Right redesign (not to mention my natural tendencies as a procrastinator), I never got to the story.  But Erickson is very right: this story is monumental.  I’ll give you his synopsis:

American law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level are bound by open records act laws. At the federal level, the Freedom of Information Act applies.

Knowing that an intrepid reporter can, after establishing credible sources, file a judicially enforcible FOIA request to obtain information from a law enforcement agency is one of the chief deterrents to law enforcement agencies from abusing discretionary power.

Additionally, Interpol is a foreign power, but operates out of the U.S. Department of Justice inside the United States. While Interpol has some limited immunities given by Ronald Reagan in the early 1980’s, it does not — or at least did not until last week — have immunity from the 4th Amendment. Consequently, this international agency could, should it abuse its powers, have the federal government seize its assets, etc.

In other words, the international police organization Interpol was treated like every other law enforcement agency in America — it was subject to FOIA requests and could, like any arm of a municipal, county, state, or federal government agency, have its property taken by the federal government if it crossed the boundaries of criminal law protection for the accused.

For no discernible reason whatsoever, last Wednesday when no one was looking, Barack Obama signed an executive order giving all immunities of foreign powers to Interpol.

In other words, Interpol is now in a better position than any American law enforcement institution that operates on American soil. It cannot have its records searched or seized and it is not subject to the restraints of sunshine and transparency that FOIA requests can bring.

At a time when Obama is worried about ensuring the rights of terrorists against the abuses of the American government, he has no problem surrendering American rights to an arm of the United Nations.

This is extremely important because it comports with Barack Obama’s world view in ways harmful to American sovereignty. Obama has said repeatedly that he views no nation as greater than any other nation. He has said repeatedly that one nation should not be able to impose its will on another. He applies this even to the United States.

President Barack Obama and his disdain for American exceptionalism will cost American lives, definitely on the battlefield and–if last week was any indicator–likely here at home. Thankfully, the American people are beginning to understand that everything he does, from advocating cap-and-trade and health care reform to investigating and demoralizing the intelligence community to apologizing for the United States at exotic locales across the world, is done in order to perpetuate his worldview that there is nothing exceptional about the United States of America, that the United States of America is the problem and not the solution, and that in the interest of fairness and social justice the United States of America needs to be taken down a notch.

You know, it’s not like we didn’t see this coming. It’s not like we didn’t hear Michelle Obama talk about her sudden pride in her country. It’s not like we didn’t hear then Sen. Barack Obama tell Americans that we can’t just drive SUVs and set our thermostats where we want them and expect the rest of the world to be okay with it. It’s not like we didn’t notice that the only legislation he sponsored in his short career was the Global Poverty Act, a global tax which would have shifted hundreds of billions of dollars from America and Americans to developing countries.

That’s why this executive order, as terrifying as it may be, is anything but surprising.  Americans traditionally err on the side of liberty, prosperity, security and growth.  Barack Obama leans in the opposite direction.

Incidentally, the administration is taking a typical tack with regard to this issue — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, on his Twitter feed, writes: “ I’ve asked the WH twice now about the executive order the president signed exempting Interpol from certain laws. No response.”

Again, why am I not surprised?

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  1. Steve Clark says:

    I wrote my Senator, Jim DeMint, regarding this today just to see if I could get his take on Obama’s amending this exec. order. I doubt I’ll receive an interesting response but he needs to know people are concerned.

    Perhaps it is an advantage that Obama is so un-American. He is clueless as to how Americans will eventually handle the situation. He may find himself not quite so untouchable as he may think.

  2. 2010, 2012 says:

    Obama gives foreign cops new police powers in U.S.
    Sovereignty apparently set aside as agency exempted from law

    A little-discussed executive order from President Obama giving foreign cops new police powers in the United States by exempting them from such drudgery as compliance with the Freedom of Information Act is raising alarm among commentators who say INTERPOL already had most of the same privileges as diplomats.

    -.-.-.-.-. By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

  3. 2010, 2012 says:

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=120363
    this is url for wnd’s article on foreign police power in the U.S.

    obama’s agenda is becoming alarmingly clear.
    my blood runs cold when i realize he allowed MAO christmas ornamaments on a
    Christmas Tree in the White House.

    the same MAO worshiped by VAN JONES, AND ANITA DUNN.
    these people not only are trying to take this country down a slipery slope
    but they are attempting to rub our faces in it as they do?

    THE SOONER MORE DEMOCRATS BEGIN TO ADMIT WHAT IS GOING ON THE SOONER THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL CEASE TO RE-FORM AMERICA TO THEIR SOCIALIST, MARXIST IDEAS.

  4. 2010, 2012 says:

    Mao Christmas ORNAMENTS … sorry.

  5. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Steve,

    So, you’re in the Palmetto State? Are you in Charleston, and can you hire me? Please?

    Just wondering.

    Jeff

    PS — As an aside, I’ll reach out to someone I know in DeMint’s office and see if there’s a statement from him on the matter.

  6. Lisa in TX says:

    This is soooooo New World Order stuff! If this doesn’t show that he is an international operative, I don’t know what will.

    This makes my blood run cold.

    I wonder what kind of info O is so eager to hide…hmmmm

  7. Sullivan says:

    How would you respond to this, Jeff?

    All you have to do to take your head out of your ass is READ. Let’s give it a try, shall we.

    Here is President Reagan’s original Executive Order 12425:
    Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983
    International Criminal Police Organizations

    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.

    RONALD REAGAN
    THE WHITE HOUSE
    June 16, 1983
    Here is the text of Section 2(c), which is the so-called Fourth Amendment restriction upon Interpol:
    (c) 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.
    Here is a link to the full text of the International Organizations Immunities Act. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Intern…es_Act#Title_I

    Here is the language of President Obama’s Executive Order:
    EXECUTIVE ORDER
    - – - – - – -
    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.
    The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizures. Nothing in the above language of either Executive Order OR the International Organizations Immunities Act gives Interpol the authority to conduct such searches or seizures as prohibited by the Fourth Amendment. Period.

    In fact, the specific privilege granted by Section 2(c) PROTECTS Interpol’s property and records FROM search or seizure, in the same way that diplomatic immunity protects against a U. S. Court going in and seizing the codes and other confidential documents stored in a foreign embassy.

    As President Reagan’s initial order and the language of the IOIA makes clear, Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 are concerned only with the levying of customs and taxation of foreign organizations. Interpol’s investigative or other “powers” are NOT enhanced or expanded whatsoever.

  8. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Great find. I need to look at it better. I gotta say, though, that the legislative language–”Period.”–is a little suspect, so I need to verify on all sides.

  9. Sullivan says:

    There should have been return spaces separating:

    BARACK OBAMA
    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    December 16, 2009

    From the following comments, which are NOT a part of any legislation:

    The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizures. Nothing in the above language of either Executive Order OR the International Organizations Immunities Act gives Interpol the authority to conduct such searches or seizures as prohibited by the Fourth Amendment. Period.

    In fact, the specific privilege granted by Section 2(c) PROTECTS Interpol’s property and records FROM search or seizure, in the same way that diplomatic immunity protects against a U. S. Court going in and seizing the codes and other confidential documents stored in a foreign embassy.

    As President Reagan’s initial order and the language of the IOIA makes clear, Sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 are concerned only with the levying of customs and taxation of foreign organizations. Interpol’s investigative or other “powers” are NOT enhanced or expanded whatsoever.

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