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Immunity for Interpol

During the month of December, President Obama signed an amendment to Executive Order #12425. The amendment is only a small paragraph but the implications from it could be extensive.

Usually, foreign military and police organizations are restricted from operating in the U.S. without oversight from the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, etc. In 1983, President Reagan signed this executive order that allowed Interpol to operate here but made them subject to the same laws that restrict our law enforcement agencies. Specifically, Interpol authorities were not immune from being prosecuted for violating American laws.

One of these laws prohibits law enforcement officials from our Constitutionally protected rights. As I interpret it, the new amendment to this executive order now makes this law not applicable to Interpol. This means that Interpol will now have the same kind of immunity that foreign diplomats have in this country. This is the same kind of immunity that enemies of the U.S. have used to spy against us.

Will Interpol agents have the right to arrest and detain American citizens? That may sound alarmist and conspiratorial but it looks possible if you read the language in the amendment.  This could also allow them to conduct warrantless searches, seize property without cause, and personal records without fear of being prosecuted. Not only that but it makes Interpol’s own records immune from U.S. court orders.

The question is, if this is all as I am reading it, why would President Obama sign such an amendment into law? Interpol is an international organization, governed by an executive committee elected by the 123 member nations. However, its real power comes from the 13 members of that executive committee. There is not one American among them.

There hasn’t been much coverage of this new law, which has not been reviewed by Congress, outside of conservative blogs and a few major media outlets. Why the silence?


2 Responses

  1. Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe! I’ll go and read some more! What do you see the future of this being?

  2. I have no idea what the future of this is but I do know it’s not a good thing.

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