Hi. I’m From Interpol. Obama Sent Me.
Vol: 100 Issue: 1 Friday, January 1, 2010
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government. — Source: President Barack Hussein Obama
The New White House under the Change Regime was to be the most transparent ever. The only thing transparent was the promise.
Obama swore all bills would be posted for five days for the public to read before he signed them. To my knowledge, he has not kept that promise once. Many of the most controversial bills were signed without having been read by ANYBODY, let alone the general public.
The Obama administration was only a month old when the New York Times blasted it for being ‘as secretive as the Bush administration’ and has perfected the art of hiding bad or embarrassing news until Friday afternoons.
However, he signed an executive order on New Year’s Eve under the label of ‘transparency’ to declassify formerly top secret information.
Obama set a four year deadline for declassifying documents going all the way back to the World War II era, as well as Vietnam and Korean wars.
In the process of implementing this executive order, Obama canceled an order given by George W. Bush that allowed the leader of the intelligence community to veto the declassification of documents so ordered by an interagency panel.
There was none of the usual fanfare; no photo ops or press conferences and Obama even passed up a chance for another prime time TV appearance (so you know he wanted it to keep it low-key.)
The release of these formerly secret documents will be a goldmine to journalists who will be so preoccupied poring over declassified secret documents looking for dirt on the previous administration it will leave the present administration’s secrets alone.
For example, did you know that the President recently authorized by secret executive order the existence of a supra-national police agency to operate above the law and outside the Constitution, immune from prosecution or civil process and answerable to no controlling US legal authority?
Probably not. It’s part of the Obama Regime’s effort at transparency.
While being transparent elsewhere, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving express permission for Interpol to operate inside the US but with total immunity.
I jumped around the net and gathered what little could be found on what would have been screamed from the housetops and headlined every newspaper had it been issued by George Bush instead of Barack Obama.
Here’s what that means. First, Obama has granted Interpol the ability to operate within the territorial limits of the United States without being subject to the same constitutional restraints that apply to all domestic law enforcement agencies such as the FBI.
Second, Obama has exempted Interpol’s domestic facilities — including its office within the U.S. Department of Justice — from search and seizure by U.S. authorities and from disclosure of archived documents in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by U.S. citizens.
Note the Washington Examiner in an editorial:
“Unless the White House can provide credible reasons to think otherwise, it seems clear that Executive Order 12425’s consequences could be far-reaching and disastrous. To cite only the most obvious example, giving Interpol free rein to act within this country could subject U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence personnel to the prospect of being taken into custody and hauled before the International Criminal Court as “war criminals.”
Liz Blaine writes in David Horowitz’s blog that the Executive Order means:
INTERPOL is now an international organization free from identifying its agents, communications or activities, immune from 4th Amendment search and seizure provisions, with the capacity to institute legal proceedings, and the ability to ignore American’s 6th Amendment rights. In essence, the President has granted INTERPOL enforcement powers which supersede the Constitution.
Here’s what I think it means. It means that since Interpol can grab American citizens on their own soil under its own authority and whisk them away to somewhere outside US jurisdiction (think, “rendition”) that that is exactly what they’ll do.
I admit that, when it is applied to terrorists who seek to hide behind Constitutional rights to which they are not entitled, I rather like the idea that Interpol can waltz in to a NY jail, flash an Interpol badge and then shoot Khali
d Sheik Mohammed in the head and walk out without anybody being able to do anything about it.
But that’s just my personal preference. Given Obama’s penchant for using whatever legal means necessary to silence his critics, such as his effort to isolate Fox News . . . and given that his biggest critics are politically conservative Christians . . . . gulp!
The use of Interpol to silence his critics just became a legal means!
Ignorance is bliss, isn’t it? Until this very day, Americans never had any reason to fear a midnight knock on the door. But that kind of freedom is soo last year!
Welcome to 2010, Amerika.