US Liberties Further Eroded
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.