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Why Did Obama Give Interpol Immunity from American Law?

2009/12/30

NRO’s Andy McCarthy December 23rd:

“You just can’t make up how brazen this crowd is. One week ago, President Obama quietly signed an executive order that makes an international police force immune from the restraints of American law.

“Interpol’s property and assets remained subject to search and seizure, and its archived records remained subject to public scrutiny under provisions like the Freedom of Information Act. Being constrained by the Fourth Amendment, FOIA, and other limitations of the Constitution and federal law that protect the liberty and privacy of Americans is what prevents law-enforcement and its controlling government authority from becoming tyrannical.

“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.”

ThreatsWatch.org’s Steve Schippert and Clyde Middleton:

“Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order “Amending Executive Order 12425.” It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other “International Organizations” as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945.

“By removing language from President Reagan’s 1983 Executive Order 12425, this international law enforcement body now operates – now operates – on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.”

Why, for no apparent reason? Why indeed. Relax. InterPol is after real criminals

“Environmental crime is a serious and growing international problem, and one which takes many different forms. It is not limited to criminals polluting the air, water and land and pushing commercially valuable wildlife species closer to extinction; it can also include crimes which speed up climate change, destroy fish stocks, annihilate forests and exhaust essential natural resources.

“These crimes can have a harmful impact on the economies and security of multiple nations, in some cases they may even threaten the very existence of a country or people.

“Furthermore, a significant proportion of both wildlife crime and pollution crime cases point to the involvement of organized crime networks. This is evidenced by the detailed planning of operations, substantial financial support, the careful management of international shipments and massive profits. [Profits!? OMG!! – Ed.]

Our mission

“The mission of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme is to assist its member countries in the effective enforcement of national and international environmental laws and treaties. In this way we can contribute to the ongoing conservation of the world’s environment, biodiversity and natural resources.

“The Environmental Crime Programme also works towards enhancing and developing the abilities of INTERPOL member countries at a national level, for example concerning the deterrence, apprehension, investigation and prosecution of environmental criminals, and it helps co-ordinate the actions of multiple countries in cases with international implications.”

Odd. Nothing there about maintaining law and order, or the protection of individual liberties.

Update: Tip o’ the hat to Michelle Malkin.

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