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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Constitution Under Interpol

President Obama amended Executive Order 12425 on December 16th. Originally issued by President Reagan, it granted Interpol ‘international organization status’, but specified it must operate under oversight of US law enforcement agencies. President Obama’s amendment strips away the oversight.

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2009
Executive Order -- Amending Executive Order 12425



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.


December 16, 2009.

It gives the international law enforcement agency Interpol free rein within the United States. This circumvents our Constitution and our citizens’ rights under the Fourth and Sixth Amendments, ultimately disregarding the separation of powers oversight by our congress and supreme court. It seems while giving Constitutional rights to non citizen enemy combatants the President has seen fit to remove US citizens’ rights in our own country listed below.

Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Sixth Amendment: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”

Interpol will have no such constraints. I’m glad we still have the Second Amendment because it’s beginning to look like we’re going to need it. I’m not much of a conspiracy nut but amending Executive Order 12425 should never have been contemplated let alone executed. In these perilous days this new wrinkle is one more unexplainable action making us subservient to foreign bodies. I wonder what this means in relation to the Global Warming farce. The EU is already contemplating the use of Interpol in GW scam enforcement.


Charles Gramlich said...

I'd have to read the whole order, I guess. I'm skeptical this gives Interpol a completely free rein, but I don't really know the background. Eventually we probaly will have a world police, and in this day of so much cross border crime I think it's a good idea to have a strong interpol.

BernardL said...

It's one thing to share databases, Charles, and another to cede our sovereignty over to a foreign entity. I pray the day never comes when there is a world police. I urge you to rethink the ramifications of such a wish.

Vesper said...

Happy New Year, Bernard!
All the best to you and your loved ones!
Hopefully, it'll be a better year for everybody in the world.

BernardL said...

Hey, Happy New Year, Vesper! I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year. I will be at home with my bionic woman to toast the new year if we can stay awake that long. :)