Updated on October 14, 2011
US Liberties Further Eroded
In June 1983, President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12425 which recognized the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) as an international organization according to the International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945. However, President Reagan also respected the United States Constitution and ensured that certain exceptions were placed on this order.
“…except those provided by Section 2(c), the portions of Section 2(d) and Section 3 relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act.”
This is very important in securing the constitutional liberties and rights we enjoy in this country – the greatest in the world! Section 2(c) of the Act would have made INTERPOL immune from searches and their archives inviolable. This usually applies to embassies and diplomatic officials. Section 2(d) would have allowed INTERPOL to operate with impunity in our country, snapping up Americans for whatever reason the agency sees fit and for whatever crimes the international community deems appropriate – like gun control measures. It ensures that any INTERPOL agents coming into this country are registered and known by the United States Government.
Section 4 exempted INTERPOL from paying US taxes for their operations and income. Additionally, any equipment and money brought into the country would be exempt from import tariffs.
Section 5 of the Act exempts international organizations from Social Security taxes. Section 6 exempts them from property taxes in this country.
When recognizing INTERPOL as an international agency, Reagan understood that certain restrictions should be placed to protect our citizens from violations of our constitutional rights. Therefore, he ensured that those sections of the Act not apply to INTERPOL. After all, if INTERPOL were not excluded from those sections, they could have snatched up Americans “guilty” of international crimes and our law enforcement and justice systems would be unable to file FOIA or other requests for proof of their “crimes.” Their records would not be open to scrutiny by our government or American citizens.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Last week, President Obama amended Executive Order 12425:
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.
INTERPOL may now operate with impunity within our borders and among our population without even informing the government. They now have complete immunity. Now that an international police force has unlimited authority in this country, what’s next? Will the United States next fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Courts? The United Nations?
Folks our Constitution is under attack. Our individual freedoms and national sovereignty are being threatened.
Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution requires our government to “protect [the states] against Invasion.” Or was that exempted under this amendment too?
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