Commentary by Chris Carter
In December Democrat President Barack Obama quietly signed an Executive Order that has elevated the international police force INTERPOL above our Constitution, allowing them to operate on American soil with impunity.
Signed on Dec. 16th and released on the 17th, the order designates INTERPOL as a public international organization effectively allowing it to “enjoy certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities” according to the United States International Organizations Immunities Act.
Language found in section 2(c) of that act is especially concerning:
“Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search […] and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.”
Just what “property and assets” could INTERPOL be hiding?
INTERPOL's U.S. headquarters is conveniently located in Eric Holder's Justice Department, so perhaps there will no longer be a need for Sandy Berger to raid the National Archives.
“Inviolable archives means INTERPOL records are beyond US citizens' Freedom of Information Act requests and from American legal or investigative discovery,” writes Steve Schippert and Clyde Middleton at ThreatsWatch.org. But why would the Obama administration want to allow an international police force to operate on American soil without constitutional restraints?
Obama's order actually amended an earlier executive order signed by Ronald Reagan in 1983. The original order recognized INTERPOL as an international organization therefore extending some immunities to the group, but also held the organization accountable to Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections and to the Freedom of Information Act that limit our own law enforcement agencies.
Essentially, INTERPOL is the enforcement branch of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as the FBI is to the Justice Department. While in office, George W. Bush withdrew the U.S. from being a signatory to the Rome Statute – the treaty establishing the ICC – and refused the international court's jurisdiction over U.S. citizens and military members. However when questioned during the campaign, Obama did not oppose giving the ICC jurisdiction over American citizens.
Why is it that the Obama administration offers constitutional protections to self-confessed foreign terrorists who kill Americans, yet at the same time immunizes international police organizations from our Constitution?
Erick Erickson at Red State offers analysis on the executive order related to INTERPOL that, if you think about it, gives the international police force a completely free hand in our country.
In a way, this presidential decision subordinates U.S. law enforcement agencies, because their power is now trumped by an international organization.
As an aside, we'd like to point out your Congress was neutered shortly after Democrats gained control in 2006.
If you're not interested in politics, it's in your best interest to get interested in politics.
Because piece by piece your government is being dismantled and the same thing is happening to U.S. sovereignty.
Where are the neolib voices outraged about the Constitution? This executive order makes the Patriot Act look benign.--the editors