Wednesday, December 30, 2009

EXAMINER: "Obama Puts Interpol Beyond U.S. Law"

The Washington Examiner's editorial page today, December 30, noted that on December 17, 2009, the White House announced that President Obama:

"has granted Interpol [the International Criminal Police Organization] 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. Think very carefully about what you just read: Obama has given an international law enforcement organization that is accountable to no other national authority the ability to operate as it pleases within our own borders, and he has freed it from the most basic measure of official transparency and accountability, the FOIA."


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