Obama’s secret vault

by Chuck Norris

On Glenn Beck’s Jan. 7 show, he was rightly puzzled regarding the exact purpose of President Barack Obama’s Dec. 16 signing of an executive order “DESIGNATING INTERPOL AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS AND IMMUNITIES.”

Beck spoke for a host of other government watchdogs when he said 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. But I think I recently have seen behind the veil on the White House’s covert mission and mystery with Interpol.

The rest 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 USC 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.”

Critical here is Obama’s deletion of Section 2C exceptions, which come from the United States International Organizations Immunities Act: “Property and assets of international organizations,

wherever located and bywhomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity beexpressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of internationalorganizations shall be inviolable.” (As ThreatsWatch noted, “Inviolablearchives means INTERPOL records are beyond US citizens’ Freedom ofInformation Act requests and from American legal or investigativediscovery.”) But why, at this point in US history, would the WhiteHouse want Interpol to be exempt from the Freedom of Information Actand the regulations of search and seizure? White House and Interpolofficials contend that the only reason for Obama’s executive order wasto update Ronald Reagan’s 1983 executive order to accommodateInterpol’s permanent residency and bring equity to its standing amongother international organizations.

Manyin the conservative world have accused Obama of extending Interpol’slegal exemptions for the purpose of empowering a global police force,but I believe there’s a much closer goal and strategic reason he gavethis presidential edict. And it dawned on me when I read seven wordssaid by INTERPOL spokeswoman Rachel Billington, who explained to The New York Times the applicable location of the president’s executive order: “It’s only for the New York office.”

“Onlyfor the New York office”? Mm. Is it possible the Obama administrationspecifically and soon plans to use Interpol’s New York office for somecovert purpose that would require Interpol’s exemption from having itsproperty or records subject to search and seizure?

Isit merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and thatNew York is the feds’ city of choice in which to place 9-11 terroristson trial in federal court?

Isit merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and thatthe feds now have the close proximity of Interpol archives that areexempt from American legal and investigative discovery and the Freedomof Information Act requests by the media and US citizens?

Isit merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and thatInterpol’s US central operations office is under the umbrella of andwithin our own Justice Department’s offices? (Interpol — which wasstarted in 1923 and is made up of 188 country members, including the USand Yemen — has its bureau in the Department of Justice.)

Isit merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive order and thatan Interpol spokeswoman explained that “it’s only for the New Yorkoffice,” whose five staff members now have access to law enforcementinformation submitted by other countries that no US authority,official, agency or citizen can view for any reason (without Interpol’swaiver)?

Again,ThreatsWatch hit the nail on the head: Immunity from search and seizure“cannot be understated, because this immunity and protection — andelevation above the US Constitution — afforded INTERPOL is likely aprecursor to the White House subjecting the United States under thejurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). INTERPOLprovides a significant enforcement function for the ICC, just as ourFBI provides a significant function for our Department of Justice.”

Ifinternational terrorists’ criminal records are allowed to pass throughor be housed temporarily in New York’s INTERPOL storage bin, they willbe as safe as the gold at Fort Knox. Al Capone’s vault had nothing onObama’s new Interpol repository!

Ofcourse, it’s not too late for the White House to be transparent andconfess exactly why Obama granted Interpol’s exemption from search andseizure laws at this critical point in the war on terror. What we doknow now, however, is why the wisdom of President Reagan limitedInterpol’s immunities and why Obama’s deletions of Reagan’s executiveorder should have stayed intact for this international law enforcementagency.

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