Why?

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Updated 1/6/10

With “why” as part of this blog’s title it might seem a bit redundant to also use “why” as the post title, but sometimes it takes more than a single why to get to the bottom of things.  Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 or 4 or 5.

Last week I listened to another ; this one was Patti Brooks talking solo about President Obama’s mid-December amendment to Executive Order 12425.  Like most others I’m sure, I’d never heard of EO 12425  nor any mention of the recent amendment.  After the podcast I did do a little self education on the subject, mostly so I would have groundwork for the media articles I was sure would follow the blogosphere outing of President Obama’s closet amendment.  Well a week has gone by and there’s been essentially nothing in the media.

So here’s something.

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 188 member countries. Created in 1923, 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

So that they might be more effective at combating international crime, in 1983 President Reagan enacted Executive Order 12425,

Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983

International Criminal Police Organizations

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and statutes of the United States, including Section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (59 Stat. 669, 22 U.S.C. 288), it is hereby ordered that the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), in which the United States participates pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 263a, is hereby designated as a public international organization entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions and immunities conferred by the International Organizations Immunities Act; 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 designation is not intended to abridge in any respect the privileges, exemptions or immunities which such organization may have acquired or may acquire by international agreement or by Congressional action.

Signature of Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
The White House,
June 16, 1983.

Section 2c of UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IMMUNITIES ACT

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

where he granted INTERPOL, with a few exceptions, normal diplomatic immunities.  With the Section 2c exception,  President Reagan acted to protect our right to have US official search the information gathered and stored by INTERPOL while operating in the US.   This makes sense to me because it seems consistent with our right to face our accusers and examine the evidence against us.

So why would President Obama on Dec. 16th quietly issue an amendment to EO 12425 removing the exception?

AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL
AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO
ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

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.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 16, 2009.

Why does President Obama want information gathered by INTERPOL within our nation to be off limits to the FBI or other US agencies charged with protecting our nation?   Why was no explanation given for his amendment?  If there is a simple reason for this action then why not say so?  If there is any reason whatsoever, why this makes our nation safer then why not tell us?

So many “whys” and yet with 3 weeks of opportunity I’ve seen no answer.   The President of the United States didn’t just make a slip of the pen, he had a reason for the amendment and if he doesn’t make it clear to the American people then they will only assume his reasons were nefarious.  I know I’ve already begun to think this way.

Here’s a few reasons I think he could have amended EO 12425 elevating INTERPOL to a position above US law enforcement.

  • President Obama doesn’t trust the FBI because they “tote” guns.
  • Barrack Obama is putting his world citizenship ahead of his job as US President.
  • President Obama wants INTERPOL to investigate US citizens and wants to keep evidence of such investigations off limits to US law enforcement.
  • President Obama is acting on behalf or in the interest of a foreign power.

and perhaps my favorite,

  • INTERPOL already has something on President Obama and he thinks that a little pressure on them from the other world citizens coupled with this amendment will keep his secret safely under wrap.

I’d hate to think that any of these reasons were why the president of our nation would have made this amendment.  That’s why I e-formed the Whitehouse asking them why.  So, until I hear back my mind will be a wandering and wondering.

Update:

Upon further study, I see that Secretary of State Clinton has been working with the UN on new gun control laws that could, if ratified supersede our current Constitutional rights.  Here’s a taste of the UN’s thinking,

Reducing the existing State[Government] stockpile. The best place to start is with government arsenals, which by nature are easier to identify and affect than the diffuse civilian holdings.

Reducing the existing civilian stockpile. Disarming civilian populations is more difficult than disarming governments. Nevertheless it is arguably more necessary,

UN Chronicle – Small Arms: No Single Solution

The enforcement agency for the UN Small Arms Treaty would be… you guessed it, INTERPOL.   We needn’t worry that our government will be confiscating all “unauthorized” guns, it looks like President Obama is outsourcing that to INTERPOL.

So yes

  • Barrack Obama is putting his world citizenship ahead of his job as US President.
  • President Obama wants INTERPOL to investigate US citizens and wants to keep evidence of such investigations off limits to US law enforcement.
  • President Obama is acting on behalf or in the interest of a foreign power.

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