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?