I know Chuck Norris could kick my ass but…

In Crime, Politics, World on January 13, 2010 at 11:14 am
Norris receiving the Veteran of the Year award...

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The man needs help. Desperately. And everyone who is listening to him, really needs to step back, take a deep breath, relax and return to Earth.

On Monday, Norris wrote about President Obama’s December executive order designating Interpol a “public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions and immunities.”

Now, before looking at what Norris claims it means, let’s look at what Interpol really is and what the order really does.

First off, Interpol — which was started in 1923 — doesn’t actually have a police force that goes out and arrests people. Their mission is to act as a clearinghouse of information, helping its 188 member countries to share information on everything from drug activities and terrorists to letting members know when an arrest warrant has been issued for a fugitive.

And let’s just say, some other country issues an arrest warrant for an United States citizen. The US, based on its laws, looks at the warrant, decides whether or not it’s valid and then figures out on its own whether or not to arrest the person.

As I said — Interpol DOES NOT HAVE IT’S OWN POLICE FORCE (sorry for screaming but sometimes people just don’t listen).

Now, let’s look at the executive order.

The law says that when an international public organization operates within the United States, the president can grant them certain rights and immunities to the organization.

President George W. Bush did it for the African Union and the European Central Bank.

President Reagan did it for the notorious World Tourism Organization.

President Kennedy did it for the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

The executive order allows Interpol and these other groups to operate in the United States while being exmpt from certain taxes and fees and without having to worry about their records being seized or obtained through United States freedom of information laws.

In other words, it allows them to maintain their database on criminal suspects without worrying that those documents could be made public. Given that Interpol set up their United States office in 2004 to help the United Nations maintain its watch list of terrorist organizations there’s probably a good deal of raw intelligence data there that countries wouldn’t share if they thought it was going to get turned over to anyone with FOIL request.

So, what does Norris have to say about the whole thing?

On the issue of allowing them to be exempt from Freedom of Information laws, Norris claims it will allow Interpol to “become Obama’s secret vault for terrorists’ criminal records and evidence – and whatever else he and his Cabinet want to place in there.”

Such as…

“There will always be a safe and tamper-proof place where Obama can store his original, long-form birth certificate.”

Norris writes that “many in the conservative world have accused Obama of extending Interpol’s legal exemptions for the purpose of empowering a global police force” and “it’s just one more example of the way your federal government has got the backs of those who are attacking our country, abandoning our Constitution and dissolving America’s sovereignty.”

It was probably a sign that Norris was off in somewhere else land when he started off his piece by quoting Glenn Beck on the subject.

Sadly, Beck and Norris are far from the only people drifting further from reality.

And, now — words I pretty much never thought I would write:

If you don’t believe me, just check out what the National Rifle Association has to say on the subject.

  1. I guess it depends on which side of the political fence your standing. It seems like only yesterday that Dick Cheney was classifying every subpoena request as an affront to nation security. Each side believes the other is hiding something, which may well be true, but contrary to popular belief “we do not live in a democracy”. As a Republic we give our federally elected officals the freedom to determine what and when information concerning our government is released to the public. Our tribunal form of government does impose checks and balances against those who try to abuse such power and the “fourth estate”, granted in the form of freedom of the press, also has a responsibilty to ask questions of our government officals to force them to defend their decisions and policies. The only reason that Chuck Norris’s comments have any credence and garner his name in a headline is due to the fact he is a recognizable “Hollywood Name”, not because he has any particular insight into the subject matter. Might as well of been quoting Lindsey Lohan! In the future if your subject matter does not stand on it’s own and requires a celebrities picture to sell it, you may want to consider working for TMZ.

  2. I would also like to point out that one of the areas of information that Interpol works with is assisting nations with tracking and apprehending human trafficers. The victim of these crimes are at times adults but are often children. If there were no clearing house for information, on an international level, it would be next to impossible to catch any of the perpatrators of these crimes. It is hard enough as it is.

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