Once again the President of new transparency and accountability quiet changes U.S. policy by way of an Executive Order without any public announcement. On December 17, 2009 President Obama signed an Executive Order amending previous E.O. #12425 originally signed by Ronald Reagan. The amendment removes safeguards put in place by Reagan that gave INTERPOL some latitude to operate within the U.S. while providing the U.S. government some oversight to their activities. President Obama’s Executive Order amending President Ronald Reagans’ 1983 EO 12425 and places INTERPOL above the United States Constitution and beyond the legal reach of our own top law enforcement agencies. In effect, Obama has given INTERPOL diplomatic immunity, exemption from being subject to search and seizure by law enforcement, exemption from U.S. taxes, and immunity from FOIA requests.
Andy McCarthy of the National Review asks, “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?”
Ironically, INTERPOL’s central operations office in the United States is located at the Justice Department offices. It is staffed with American law enforcement officers working under the aegis of INTERPOL. Now they can operate within our government buildings, with full diplomatic immunity, with inaccessible files and our hands are tied if we don’t like what is going on. I see what’s in it for them but what is in it for us?
Is this a precursor to more damaging moves by the President? Some speculate that he will once again make America a signatory to the International Criminal Court. This change will surrender American sovereignty to an international body whose INTERPOL enforcement arm has already been elevated above the Constitution and American domestic law enforcement. Read the Amendment below:
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 17, 2009
Executive Order — Amending Executive Order 12425
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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.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 16, 2009.
In the spirit of the promised transparency, at a minimum the President owes the American public an explanation of his action. We need to understand why an international law enforcement arm that supports the world court which we are not a part of has been given status that places it above our Constitution.
Wake up America! The clock is ticking and this administration is moving at break neck speed to “fundamentally transform America.” Our sovereignty, freedom and liberty are at risk. It is time to start holding this President accountable to the standards he set for himself. This is another example of the drive toward a world controlled by the U.N. This is not the Hope and Change that most of those who voted for Barack Obama expected. It is time to let the White House know that we do not want to be part of a “New World Order”.
Restore the Republic, Reject Global Governance!
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759