Dec 27, 2009 Political
I guess the following will give Glenn Beck something to discuss for the next week. It seems that Obama has signed an Executive Order that grants Interpol immunity from searches and FOIA requests. Looks like that police force that Obama wants to put out there might be here sooner than we think. As Anchoress puts it:
This now says that Interpol is no longer subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Their premises or staff can no longer be searched either. Their files are not subject to legal subpoena or discovery. Our government could just hand documents and files over to Interpol and Americans would no longer have access to them. Interpol can legally keep files now on all citizens of the US with no right to redress.
This is one example of the liberals giving away the sovereignty of our nation a little at a time. And it is an example of the MSM’s assistance. The EO was not reported by the MSM and little fuss was made of it since we were preoccupied with Tiger Woods and the health care takeover. The reality is that Interpol can now keep records on Americans that are untouchable. Any American arrested through Interpol activity will have less due process than the terrorists Obama so desperately wants to help. As Ed Morrissey puts it:
. . .it appears to mean that Americans who get arrested on the basis of Interpol work cannot get the type of documentation one normally would get in the discovery process, which is a remarkable reversal from Obama’s declared efforts to gain “due process” for terrorists detained at Gitmo. Does the White House intend to treat Americans worse than the terrorists we’ve captured during wartime?
Ronald Reagan signed the original EO that gave Interpol personnel diplomatic status with two exceptions. Interpol had to produce records when demanded by the courts and could not be immune from their actions. This required them to have the same accountability as our law enforcement agencies. Now, Interpol can do just about anything, not turn over any records related to what they did and then claim diplomatic immunity.
NRO explains it this way:
On Wednesday, however, for no apparent reason, President Obama issued an executive order removing the Reagan limitations. That is, Interpol’s property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.
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?
Where are the media on this? Why are they not investigating to see why this rookie in the White House is signing away protections put in place by a much wiser man? What possible reason could Obama have for doing this? Why has there been no attention given to this?
This EO has the potential to cause a lot of problems for American citizens and has the potential to take some of our sovereignty away. Why is the moron in the White House doing this to our country? Until a response that is well reasoned and makes sense comes from the White House my default position is that Obama did this to weaken this country and it is a precursor of bad things to come.
Considering the sordid history of Interpol, this cannot be a good thing no matter how one spins it. It must be bad or Obama would not have done this on the sly. When he thinks he is doing a good thing he has a media blitz. He hid this one. It is part of that transparency that has not been so transparent.
Here are links to others weighing in on this very bad thing.
Thanks to GM Roper for the image.