Those who are concerned about national sovereignty: I hope you’re sitting down. The agency known as Interpol now has jusidictional supremecy over any American law enforcement agency.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Interpol let me give a brief discription. Founded in 1923, Interpol was created to help facilitate law enforcement across international lines. So if a bank robber burrows a tunnel into a French bank and then flees to Sweden, Interpol will help facilitate cooperation between the two nations to bring these men to justice. The agency also acts as an international police force to enforce international law.
In 1983, then-President Reagan signed Executive Order 12425, which allowed Interpol to operate within American soil. However, the agency was bound to operate within the same constitutional limits as any other agency. This means that American operations were subject to FOIA requests, Miranda rights, and constituional protections that bind our law enforcement.
With Obama’s recent amendment he has stripped Interpol of those constraints and has basically given them diplomatic immunity for operation. Now we can have foreign police forces operating on American soil without any chance for American citizens to question what they are doing. Not surprisingly, the administration is not commenting on this.
This may lead to many of those involved in war crimes such as torture of war on terror detainees being arrested and tried in other nations. While, like most of our readers, I want to see these people brought to justice, I don’t want to see it done in violation of their due process rights and our national sovereignty — all while setting a very dangerous precedent. Our own justice system is more than equipped to bring these men to justice; we don’t need an international police force unbound by our Constitution to do our dirty work for us.Published in