In December, President 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 the 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? The group’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 foreign terrorists who kill Americans, yet at the same time immunizes international police organizations from our Constitution?