INTERPOL and the UN International Criminal Court
The United Nations General Assembly established an “international criminal court” on July 17, 1998. The Rome Statute was adopted by a vote of 120 to 7. The seven countries that voted against the treaty were Iraq, Israel, Libya, the People’s Republic of China, Qatar, the United States, and Yemen.
The treaty entered into force on 1 July 2002. The ICC can only prosecute crimes committed on or after that date.
President Bill Clinton had previously signed the Rome Statute during his presidency. President George W. Bush removed the United States as a signatory. He rejected subjecting the United States to the jurisdiction of the ICC.
One reason is the overall matter of sovereignty and the concept of the primacy of American law above those of the rest of the world.
But more recently a more over-riding concern principally has been the potential – if not likely – specter of subjecting our Armed Forces to a hostile international body seeking war crimes prosecutions during the execution of an unpopular war.
President Bush in fact went so far as to gain agreement from nations that they would expressly not detain or hand over members of the United States armed forces to the ICC. The fear of a symbolic ICC circus trial as a form of international political protest to American military actions in Iraq and elsewhere was real and palpable.
Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order “Amending Executive Order 12425.”
Removal of language from Executive Order 12425, is a move that surrenders American sovereignty to an international body who’s INTERPOL enforcement arm has already been elevated above the Constitution and American domestic law enforcement.
It grants INTERPOL a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other “International Organizations” as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945.
This international law enforcement body that now operates on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
INTERPOL’s central operations office in the United States is within our own Justice Department offices. They are American law enforcement officers working under the aegis of INTERPOL within our own Justice Department.
That they now operate with full diplomatic immunity and with “inviolable archives” from within our own buildings should send red flags soaring into the clouds.
Why have an international law enforcement arm assisting a court we are not a signatory to being elevated above our Constitution upon our soil.
American sovereignty hangs in the balance. Remember, if we allow the UN – a non-government organization, to take over the world, we no longer have a say (vote) on who runs our lives.
Think about that.