Worth ReadingWithout any fanfare, President Obama has signed an Executive Order that undermines our national sovereignty to benefit a foreign police organization
By TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty
On December 16, 2009, President Obama secretly signed an Executive Order 12425 (EO) that gives Interpol unprecedented access in America to pursue and prosecute â€œcriminals.â€ We may as well have given Interpol a badge with 666 on it.
The EO exempts Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) from being accountable to our own law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI.
Interpol is an international police organization that investigates crime and refers defendants for trial in foreign lands. The Interpol website describes its purpose as follows:
â€¦ it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.
INTERPOL aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Nearly 200 countries work with Interpol, including some of the most ruthless Communist and Islamic tyrannies on earth.
The Obama EO removes the protections put into place by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 to protect Americans from being pursued by a foreign law enforcement agency within our borders. With this Obama EO, Interpol will operate outside of the constraints of the U.S. Constitution.
The current Secretary General of Interpol is Ronald Noble. He is an American who oversaw the Treasury Departmentâ€™s review of the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. That massacre left nearly 80 people dead. Interpol has a history of being staffed by numerous Nazis from 1930 even into the 1970s.
Interpolâ€™s new powers within the U.S. could be used to enforce arrest warrants for Americans who are charged with â€œwar crimesâ€ â€“ including former Bush officials who prosecuted the war on Islamic terrorism. This could include American soldiers as well. Last year, TVC warned that Democrats were going to attempt to try President Bush for â€œwar crimes.â€
Interpol could refer individuals for arrest and facilitate their extradition to foreign courts for trial. One internationalist goal within the Obama Administration is to have America come under the authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC) headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. (In February, 2009, the Obama Administration began signaling that it was open to having America come under the authority of the ICC.) Former President George W. Bush made certain America did not come under ICC authority.
This is not just a theoretical possibility. Interpol went after 25 Israeli government officials at the request of the terrorist state of Iran. Interpol actually issued arrest warrants for 15 Israeli over their Gaza offensive several years ago.
While the Obama Administration is seeking to give terrorists constitutional rights in American prisons, he is working to strip Americans of those constitutional rights by giving Interpol police powers within our borders â€“ powers that can be used to violate the protections of American soldiers and Bush officials who prosecuted a war against Islamic terrorism.
What Does Snopes Say?
Snopes is a web site devoted to debunking urban legends that are circulated on the Internet. One of the more recent postings is about the Interpol issue. Snopes has reacted to a memo about Obamaâ€™s Executive Order (EO) circulating on the net that is clearly a fake. The memo quotes the EO and then adds additional comments not in EO 12425. It then ends the memo with â€œBarack Obamaâ€ as though he had signed the entire statement. While the memo is not true, the threat from Obamaâ€™s Interpol EO order does create a real and present danger.