On Glenn Beck’s Jan. 7 show, Beck was rightly puzzled regarding the exact purpose of President Obama’s Dec. 16 signing of an executive order “designating Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions and immunities.”Beck spoke for a host of other government watchdogs when he asked on the air, “We’ve been asking ever since it was signed: why? Who can tell me what special interest group asked for this? If it were about terror, why not tell us that when he signed it? This Congress attacks our CIA and FBI, but Interpol gets immunity? Why? It makes no sense.”
Glenn, I agree. It makes absolutely no sense, if Obama signed the executive order for no other reason but to arbitrarily broaden Interpol’s legal exemptions. But I think I’ve recently seen behind the veil on the White House’s covert mission and mystery with Interpol.
The remaining of Obama’s executive order reads, “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.”
So at least a partial answer as to why Obama gave this executive order can be found by answering what further gain is made “by deleting from the first sentence (of the Executive Order 12425) 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.”
Critical to my hypothesis here is Obama’s deletion of Section 2c exceptions from the United States International Organizations Immunities Act, which reads, “Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.” (As threatswatch.org noted, “Inviolable archives means Interpol records are beyond U.S. citizens’ Freedom of Information Act requests and from American legal or investigative discovery.”)
But why at this point in U.S. history would the White House want Interpol exempt from the regulations of search and seizure as mandated and outlined in the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution? White House and Interpol officials contend that the only reason for Obama’s executive order was to update Reagan’s 1983 executive order to accommodate Interpol’s permanent residency and bring equity to its standing among other international organizations.
But are we going to believe that, in the midst of the president’s first year and most intense political holiday season of his life, Interpol’s benefit package somehow made the docket of Obama’s critical Christmas agenda merely because it needed administrative updating?
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