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News & Analysis by Doug Cook

State Seal of Texas

(Dec. 27, 2009) — Transgressions of Constitutional law by both Democratic controlled Houses of the U.S. Congress, under orders from the White House, specifically health care reform and the relation to the 1oth Amendment.


In an impassioned letter discussing financial ramifications and legality of the Health Care Reform Bill and its encroachment upon 10th Amendment sovereignty (as defined by the highest law of the United States), Texas Governor Perry sent a letter to Alabama Governor Bob Riley. Writing of the financial and social burden Obamacare would place illegally and unduly on states, Governor Perry in essence stated:

As the chief executive officers of our individual sovereign states, we must stand up to this unprecedented intrusion into our lives and the rights of our citizens. We must demonstrate resolve in the face of this infringement.


The letter is brief with its points made in clear terms. In concerns expressed by Gov. Perry, he starts out his missive to Gov. Riley stating that the financial burdens their states and citizens face by passage of the Democratic health care bill, (para phrasing Gov. Perry again):

it appears the federal health care bill will be pushed through the US Senate and passed into law. This legislation will likely result in higher health care costs and a reduced quality of care for all American families, as well as major budgetary hardships for all states except a few.

Perry goes on to point out the politics involved in passage of the bill that have raised the outrage of people across the country:

in the effort to pull together enough votes in support of this bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid made a deal to secure the vote of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson.

As a result, Nebraskans will be exempt from increased Medicaid costs from this bill’s passage.

taxpayers in Texas and in your state will be paying even more to subsidize expanded Medicaid for Nebraska and a few other states…

In light of the current state of affairs of DC politicians in the Democratic Party and its agenda of socializing every aspect of free enterprise and disinvestment of constitutional rights of the people and states, Perry ends his letter with these thoughts:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot is joining with several other states Attorneys General to place this deal under proper scrutiny and determine if such an exclusion-(Sen. Nelson’s deal with Sen. Reid)- is unconstitutional.

This health care bill and its unfunded mandates are unhealthy to taxpayers, our economy and our democracy. I urge you to support,(and join), the efforts of these Attorneys General and ask your own to join it, and work with me in ongoing efforts to assert the constitutional rights of states, as guaranteed under the 10th Amendment, to turn back the “one-size-fits-all” health care bill being forced through by congress.

For a full read: Gov. Perry’s letter

A growing number of states are considering actions. If effective, it could be the demise of Obamacare; for in the offing is the prospect of litigation that holds up ratification by the advent of the 2010 elections. Elections that portend a paradigm in how the electorate votes; Democrats are very conscience of the payback coming down the pike. This has the ideal benefit of avoiding legislation locked in stone; Sen. Reid’s unscrupulous attachments that secure this legislation from Amendment or removal for eternity.


While these efforts and discussion of people’s and states’ rights are encouraging, they still fall far short of addressing the root cause of the assault on the US constitution and Bill of Rights. Likely these efforts will be self serving to the financial needs of these states, if the litigation even takes place, or if so tied up for years in courts. Not to mention the further delay in justice gained and the further monetary burden of years of court actions.

There is hope that the issue of unconstitutionality of a federal health care bill, heard by a “polarized-progressive-left-orientated” federal court system, won’t go the way of Obama’s constitutional eligibility as POTUS, Acorn, the Black Panthers and voting fraud.

These States Governors may have good intentions, one wonders if in light of the lack of any effective conservative leadership they have the intestinal fortitude and vision to do what it takes.

Or, is it a case of leaden footed leadership. The importance of taking direct, effective and timely action by our states’ officials to protect and preserve sovereignty and republican government cannot be stressed enough. Pussy-footing around with niceties of fair-play legalities is to be far behind the curve of effective means to disrupting the destruction by a Marxist agenda of  Democratic lapdogs, and Obama’s vision of a fundamentally transformed “Amerika.”

Make no mistake, Obamacare is the bell weather of what is viewed as a corrupt and morally bankrupt elective government. Most likely history will show, as it did 234 years ago, that it will come down to the people to provide the effective actions and leadership to protect and assure our sovereign home.

“Isolated Extremist”

The Obama File

Dec. 30, 2009

Obama’s knee-jerk reaction to al Qaeda’s attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was to minimize the threat — again.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that the attempted bombing was not connected to a larger terrorist plot.  Business as usual, nothing to see here, move along, happy holidays.

Not quite.

Obama’s reference to the “alleged” Crotch-Bomber as an “isolated extremist,” and Napolitano saying there was “no indication” that the attack was “part of anything larger,” seems to be Obama’s default setting when faced with terrorism.  He said as much about the Nov. 5 Fort Hood massacre, even though the FBI had previously monitored communications between shooter Nidal Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical imam and al Qaeda commander born in New Mexico and believed to be in Yemen.

The Crotch-Bomber also reportedly is one of al-Awlaki’s followers and said he was one of many bombers trained by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who will seek to attack the United States.  Other evidence pointing to a larger plot includes a report that the Crotch-Bomber had an accomplice in Amsterdam, the sophistication of the bomb design, and al Qaeda’s admission that it was behind the attempt.  Note also that the Crotch-Bomber was placed on a terrorist watch list after his father reported to U.S. authorities in Nigeria that his son had fallen in with a group of dangerous radicals.

Somebody should tell Obama that the Crotch-Bomber has bragged to FBI agents that there are more young men plotting to launch attacks on the West.  The 23-year-old Nigerian has told security chiefs of a sinister network of isolated extremists in Yemen who are ready and waiting to strike.

The impulse to deny that attacks such as the Crotch-Bomber’s jihad and Fort Hood massacre are part of larger plots displays a shocking ignorance of the nature of 21st-century globally networked terrorism.  Terrorists work through highly dispersed, decentralized cell structures that are designed to be difficult to track.  Investigators probably won’t find an operations order signed by Osama bin Laden directing an attack on Flight 253, but it is easy to connect the dots.  Minimizing the threat won’t make it go away.  As recent history has shown, it may embolden the terrorists to keep trying.

So Obama pleaded, “let’s not jump to any conclusions” — lied, “the system worked” — and deflected, “lax airport procedures are based on those approved by the previous administration” — it’s Bush’s fault — what a weasel.

And yes, Janet, there is terror, there are terrorists, they are waging war on all things not Islam, and they mean to murder as many Americans as they can

Republican calls on Napolitano to resign

The Hill
Posted Dec.30, 2009
By Jordan Fabian

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) on Tuesday became the first lawmaker to call on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign after the recent attempted airline bombing.

The veteran member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called for Napolitano’s ouster in the wake of the attack on the Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day.

Earlier this year, some Republicans called on Napolitano to step down after her agency issued a report warning of the dangers of right wing “extremists.”

Burton made his remarks on Twitter:

Secretary Janet Napolitano should resign, saying ‘the system worked,’ undermines the confidence of Americans #redin #tcot

Napolitano came under fire after she said Sunday that “the system worked,” noting the crew of Flight 253 “took appropriate action” to address the terrorist plot as it unfolded.

But her remarks were met with instant criticism, prompting the Homeland Security chief to clarify herself during a round of media appearances Monday morning.

The secretary then conceded on Monday that the system did not work.

“Our system did not work in this instance,” Napolitano told “The Today Show.” “I think the comment is being taken out of context.”

Other Republicans, such as House intelligence committee ranking member Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), have criticized the handling of the attempted bombing, saying that the administration has not done enough to address terrorist threats on the United States.

The Obama administration and several congressional committees have said they will launch full investigations into the attack allegedly carried out by 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Abdul Farouk Adbulmutallab.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs over the weekend stressed that the attack should be a “nonpartisan issue.”

Candidates face ultimatum: Kill Obamacare, or else …

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Tea-party leaders are delivering a bold ultimatum to all congressional candidates in 2010: Pledge to repeal the health-care reform bill in its entirety if it passes – or you will be booted from office.

FreedomWorks Press Secretary Adam Brandon told WND the message couldn’t be any clearer. Asked whether he believes the tea party movement will seek to oust politicians who refuse to repeal the legislation, he emphatically declared, “Absolutely.”

This photo of a Code Red tea party protest was posted on Flikr.

Max Pappas, vice president of FreedomWorks, echoed Brandon’s statements in an interview with Gary Sargent, Washington blogger for the Plum Line, this week.

This photo of a Code Red tea party protest was posted on Flikr.

“This has an unusual ability to be repealed, and the public is on that side.” he said. “The Republicans are going to have to prove that they are worthy of their votes.”

Both Brandon and Pappas emphasized that Congress must try to repeal the whole bill if it passes.

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Brandon said most people are opposed to the bill’s requirement that citizens pay a fine if they don’t maintain insurance

for themselves and their families. Under the current bills, the government will also collect taxes for 10 years, but only pay out benefits for the last six years. As WND reported, majority Democrats in the U.S. Senate have inserted in the fine print a provision that it would take a supermajority of 67 votes in the Senate for future legislative bodies to even consider amendments to its provisions for “death panels.”

Other serious concerns about the current legislation include possible health-care rationing, denial of treatment, substantial cost increases and stifling of medical innovation.

Also, the Senate bill provides that Medicare fees for doctors would be cut by 20 percent beginning in 2011, but the Heritage Foundation notes, “Nobody believes these cuts will be allowed to happen.” If the cuts don’t take place, it would result in an added $196 billion to the deficit in the first 10 years and $765 billion in the following one, according to Congressional Budget Office calculations.

This photo of a Code Red tea party protest was posted on Flikr.

As WND reported, FreedomWorks is partnering with the American Liberty Alliance and several other groups to launch a massive Tax Day tea party at the White House Ellipse on April 15, 2010.

“We’re delivering this one right to the White House,” Brandon said. “It could spill out over into the Washington Monument, so it’ll be a hell of a visual.”

Brandon said FreedomWorks has been told “legislative entrepreneurs” are already planning a Senate bill calling for repeal of the health-care legislation, should it pass.

“That means there will be something we can start to rally around in 2010,” he said. “We’re going to remind them every step of the way that this bill was a real stinker.”

He said Democrats plan to tell the electorate this year: “We said we were going to do this, and we did it.”

“They passed a terrible bill. Not only was it a terrible bill, but it was a disgusting process to watch,” Brandon said. “It was almost like they were playing mafia with taxpayer dollars.”

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This photo of a Code Red tea party protest was posted on Flikr.

In an earlier interview with the Plum Line, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz said Democrats are conspiring to hold Republicans’ feet to the fire as well.

“Republicans on the ballot next November who opposed the bill will be in the precarious position of telling voters they plan to rollback landmark health-care reform which will have afforded coverage

to hundreds of thousands in their state,” Schultz said. “We absolutely intend to make Republicans look voters in the eye next November and make it clear they want to take affordable health-care reform away from them.”

ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper asked Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., “Do you think that Republicans running for Senate in 2010 should run on a platform of vowing to repeal the health-care reform bill, should it become law? And will that be one of your first items should you regain control of the Senate, repealing what you guys call Obamacare?”

McConnell appeared to evade the question and Tapper asked once again, “Respectfully, sir, you didn’t answer my question, which is should Republicans campaign on a platform of repealing the health-care reform measure? And will that be one of the first items on your agenda should you become the new Senate majority leader after the 2010 elections?”

Then McConnell replied, “There’s no question that this bill, if it were to become law, and frankly even if it doesn’t become law, will be a big, if not central issue not only in the 2010 election, but in the 2012 election.”

However, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, wasn’t so hesitant to declare his intentions.

“If they somehow manage to get the votes and get enough Democrats to walk the plank and commit suicide, in the next Congress, I’ll be chairman Joe Barton of the Energy and Commerce committee, and we’ll repeal it,” Barton told the Hill today.

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “I suspect every Republican running in ’10 and again in ’12 will run on an absolute pledge to repeal this bill. The bill – most of the bill does not go into effect until ’13 or ’14, except on the tax increase side; and therefore, I think there won’t be any great constituency for it. And I think it’ll be a major campaign theme.”

Brandon said, “Now, realistically, with Obama as president and with the current Congress, could you get repeal? No. But we can build up the momentum so that during the next Congress it gets repealed.

“Would President Obama veto that one? I don’t know. I think when President Clinton saw the writing on the wall, he became a pretty moderate guy. So we’ll see if Obama would then say, ‘This doesn’t reach any of our goals.'”

This photo of a Code Red tea party protest was posted on Flikr.

Brandon said Americans must act now because Democrats didn’t get everything they wanted, so they will be back for the rest of their demands.

“This issue isn’t done and over. Their final goal is to create a system where in 10 to 15 years from now, we will have a single-payer system,” he said. “We’re going to stop that and repeal this. We have to pull this weed out by the roots. ”

Dithering in Paradise

Canada Free Press

by John Lillpop  Wednesday, December 30, 2009

imageIt was embarrassing enough when President Obama was unable to make a decision about the war in Afghanistan for months on end. As distressing as his dithering was to US military professionals, it must have been a source of great inspiration to our enemies on the ground in that war-on-terror ravaged nation.

Unfortunately, Obama outdid himself with his non-responsiveness to the terrorist attack attempted by Farouk Abdulmutallab on Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

For three whole days, the leader of the Free World went missing except for golfing, swimming, and indulgence in the many other temporal pleasures offered in paradise.

Heaven knows there is nothing wrong with taking a well-deserved rest in order to recharge the batteries, but Obama’s down time came at a critical moment when the American people needed to know that our Commander- in-Chief was engaged and on top of the situation.

We also deserved to know that the United States government was doing its level best to prevent murderous jackals like Abdulmutallab from inflicting any more damage on the abused metropolis of Detroit.

Somehow Janet Napolitano’s mindless declaration that the “system worked” did not provide much comfort to a nation growing increasingly wary about the judgment and leadership of our president.

Harkening back to the days of 9-11, Americans expected to see our president with megaphone in hand, shouting “Let’s roll!” or some other banality designed to calm jittery nerves on the second most important holiday in the Christian faith.

Instead of being a war-ready Commander-in-Chief, Obama became poster boy for the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce and the tourist industry.

Can Barack Hussein Obama be trusted with the nuclear codes?

Leis, not bullets! Talk over shock and awe.

Obama’s latest failure forces a serious question that must be answered quickly.

Namely, can Barack Hussein Obama be trusted with the nuclear codes needed to defend 350 million Americans?

Obama Admits Failures, Goes Snorkeling

Dec. 30, 2009

The Obama File

The Chicago Tribune reports that yesterday, after a vacationing Barack Obama conceded that both human and systemic failures of U.S. Intelligence had failed to bar a Nigerian man posing a reported security risk from boarding that Detroit-bound jetliner — a near ”catastrophic” breakdown in security — Obama left the reporters talking about his words in Hawaii — and went snorkeling.

The day before, after making his first televised comments on the matter– it was a “systemic failure” —  it wasn’t Obama’s fault — he headed for the golf course — an outing interrupted by the child of a close, vacationing friend from Chicago suffering a surfboard accident.

Obama dropped his golf game an immediately and returned to the vacation house — it took him three days to respond to the Crotch-Bombers jihad.

Says something about where this guy’s priorities are.

The Telegraph’s (UK) US Editor says Obama gets an “F” for the events that led to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarding a Detroit-bound plane in Amsterdam with a PETN bomb sewn into his underpants.   He said yesterday that a “systemic failure has occurred.”  Well, he’s in charge of that system. Obama, instead of defending the system, sided with critics who complained that it did not work and positioned himself as a reformer who will fix it.

Obama’s going to fix the system?  Ha!  That’s a laugher!

Obama!  The guy that’s bowing to Muslim kings;  closing Gitmo;  freeing terrorists and sending them to Yemen; giving other terrorists rights and lawyers;  stonewalling terror investigations;  claiming these are all “isolated incidents” — he’s gonna fix the system! — sure, right after he goes snorkeling.

DOJ Issues Gag Order In Black Panther Probe

Dec. 30, 2009

Judicial Watch

The Justice Department has ordered government lawyers who filed a complaint against the New Black Panther Party for intimidating voters in last year’s presidential election not to cooperate with a nonpartisan civil rights commission investigating how the Obama Administration handled the case.

Federal prosecutors filed a civil complaint in Philadelphia against members of the radical black revolutionary group for bullying voters with racial insults, profanity and weapons. Clad in military attire, the Black Panther thugs were captured on video in front of precincts during the 2008 presidential election.

But the case was abruptly killed by a top Justice Department official just as a federal judge was preparing to punish the Black Panthers for ignoring the charges and refusing to appear in court. The order came from Loretta King, who at the time was President Obama’s acting assistant Attorney General for the civil rights division. No explanation was offered for the sudden dismissal and outrage ensued among federal prosecutors handling the case.

Now the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a fact-finding nonpartisan agency with subpoena power to investigate discrimination complaints—including allegations that citizens are deprived of their right to vote—is digging into the matter. The panel, which has eight commissioners—four appointed by the president and the rest appointed by Congress—then submits reports, findings and recommendations to the White House and legislature.

Last week the commission subpoenaed at least two Justice Department lawyers involved in the Black Panther case and sought documents from the agency to explain why the complaint was dropped, according to a news report published this week. A top Justice Department official ordered the government attorneys’ silence in a letter that said “well-established” and “lawful” Justice Department guidelines prohibit cooperation in the commission probe.

The letter further trashes the Civil Rights Commission and diminishes its mission by saying that it “possesses no authority to initiate criminal prosecution of anyone” and does not have the authority to enforce subpoenas. The commission only has the ability to make referrals and recommendations to the Justice Department, the directive says.

A member of the Civil Rights Commission challenged the gag order, pointing out that his panel is duly authorized by statute to review and report on enforcement activities of the Justice Department and similar government agencies. The commission’s job, he reminds, is to serve as a watchdog of federal and state enforcement agencies. That is why Congress has instructed all agencies to comply fully with the commission’s request, he said.

The Civil Rights Commission launched the probe, which could include public hearings in Washington and Philadelphia, to reveal whether the decision to drop the charges against the Black Panthers constituted a departure from prior enforcement policy. It also wants to determine if the Justice Department’s actions might lead to more illegal voter intimidation in future elections.

The Obama Administration clearly doesn’t want the details of this heated case and apparent coverup to be made public. Otherwise, it would allow federal prosecutors to cooperate fully with the Civil Rights Commission’s investigation. Yet another promise of unprecedented transparency has been broken by the commander-in-chief.

Taking down Obama’s ‘do not disturb’ sign

American Thinker

Carol Brown

It took Obama three days before he spoke to the nation about the attempted terrorist attack — an attack that would have killed a plane full of innocent people and that may have crashed into downtown Detroit killing who knows how many more. Instead, Obama played golf.
To make matters worse, it appeared he only bothered to address the country when, as reported in the New York Times, his administration was criticized:
“President Obama emerged from Hawaiian seclusion on Monday to try to quell gathering criticism of his administration’s handling of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of an American airliner as a branch of Al Qaeda claimed responsibility.”
That speaks volumes.
When he did speak, he sounded disconnected from the serious subject at hand, much as he did in his (again) delayed address to the nation after the Fort Hood terrorist attack. There was no passion, no conviction is his voice. There was no feeling that he felt a sense of urgency. In fact, he sounded bored, if not dissociated.
That speaks volumes.
Early on in his address, he spoke of the “serious reminder” regarding terrorist threats. A “serious reminder?” Why does he or anyone in his administration need any reminding?
This is not a good sign.
Curiously, what did seem to get the President’s immediate attention was when a friend’s child became injured while playing on the beach in Hawaii. The President stopped playing golf, or more accurately put, he “abruptly ended his golf game” (as reported by the AP). I wish no child ill, but there are priorities and it seems Obama has got his all mixed up.
We cannot afford to have a President in office who has no intention of doing everything in his power to protect America. Quite the opposite. He is emboldening terrorists.

Hundreds of al-Qaeda militants planning attacks from Yemen’



Times Online

Dec. 30, 2009

Hundreds of al-Qaeda militants are planning terror attacks from Yemen, the country’s Foreign Minister said today.

Abu Bakr al-Qirbi appealed for more help from the international community to help to train and equip counter-terrorist forces.

His plea came after an al-Qaeda group based in Yemen claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day airliner bomb plot.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, alleged to be behind the attempt to blow up an American-bound aircraft, spent time in Yemen with al-Qaeda and was in the country only days before the failed attack.


Dr al-Qirbi said: “Of course there are a number of al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen and some of their leaders. We realise this danger.

“They may actually plan attacks like the one we have just had in Detroit. There are maybe hundreds of them — 200, 300.”

Dr al-Qirbi said it was the “responsibility” of countries with strong intelligence capabilities to warn states such as Yemen about the movements of terror suspects.

The United States, Britain and the European Union could do a lot to improve Yemen’s response to militants on its own soil, he added.

“We have to work in a very joint fashion in partnership to combat terrorism,” he said. “If we do, the problem will be brought under control.

“There is support, but I must say it is inadequate. We need more training, we have to expand our counter-terrorism units and provide them with equipment and transportation like helicopters.”

Mr Abdulmutallab is said to have told US agents that there were more people “just like him” ready to carry out attacks.

An al-Qaeda group based in Yemen claimed responsibility yesterday for the failed attempt to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 over Detroit as US President Barack Obama pledged to hunt down the plotters.

Photographs apparently showing the underpants worn by alleged bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and willed with explosives were broadcast today by ABC News.

The American government pictures show the singed underwear with a six-inch packet of a high explosive called PETN sewn into the crotch, the US network reported.

Mr Abdulmutallab was reported to be carrying about 80g of PETN, more than one-and-a-half times the amount carried by Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber”, in 2001 and enough to blow a hole in the side of an aircraft.

Mr Abdulmutallab’s former tutors at University College London, where he was a student between 2005 and 2008, described him as “well-mannered, quietly spoken, polite and able” and said that he never gave any cause for concern. He was president of the institution’s Islamic society between 2006 and 2007.

Nigerian-born Mr Abdulmutallab is being held at a federal prison in Michigan on a charge of trying to destroy an aircraft.

He apparently wrote of his loneliness and struggle between liberalism and Islamic extremism in a series of postings on Facebook and in Islamic chatrooms, The Washington Post reported today.

In January 2005, when he was attending boarding school, he wrote: “I have no one to speak too. No one to consult, no one to support me and I feel depressed and lonely. I do not know what to do. And then I think this loneliness leads me to other problems.”

Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, said it was unlikely that Mr Abdulmutallab acted alone and revealed that he was banned from entering Britain and placed on a “watch list” this year.

Mr Johnson said that the alleged terrorist was refused a new visa and had been monitored since May after applying for a bogus course

The Obama Administration Gives INTERPOL More Favorable Immunities Than American Law Enforcement Agencies

Red State

by Erick Erickson (Profile)

Tuesday, December 29th

“This is extremely important because it comports with Barack Obama’s world view in ways harmful to American sovereignty. ”

Okay, okay. I know a lot of you know about this already.

For about a week I have been getting emails about Barack Obama surrendering American sovereignty to Interpol, the international criminal police force under the UN’s jurisdiction, but I honestly couldn’t believe even Obama would do that.

The people emailing me were, frankly, mostly of the black helicopter crowd variety so I dismissed it is as overhyped.

Then RedState regulars like Kenny Soloman and Veronica Estrada started taking it seriously. I had to pay attention.

Finally, I got an email with several links from a friend saying I needed to say something about this. He wanted to make sure it was on my radar screen.

This is an extremely serious issue.

The best and most reasonable take comes from Andy McCarthy. Let me put this in perspective for you.

American law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level are bound by open records act laws. At the federal level, the Freedom of Information Act applies.

Knowing that an intrepid reporter can, after establishing credible sources, file a judicially enforcible FOIA request to obtain information from a law enforcement agency is one of the chief deterrents to law enforcement agencies from abusing discretionary power.

Additionally, Interpol is a foreign power, but operates out of the U.S. Department of Justice inside the United States. While Interpol has some limited immunities given by Ronald Reagan in the early 1980’s, it does not — or at least did not until last week — have immunity from the 4th Amendment. Consequently, this international agency could, should it abuse its powers, have the federal government seize its assets, etc.

In other words, the international police organization Interpol was treated like every other law enforcement agency in America — it was subject to FOIA requests and could, like any arm of a municipal, county, state, or federal government agency, have its property taken by the federal government if it crossed the boundaries of criminal law protection for the accused.

For no discernible reason whatsoever, last Wednesday when no one was looking, Barack Obama signed an executive order giving all immunities of foreign powers to Interpol.

In other words, Interpol is now in a better position than any American law enforcement institution that operates on American soil. It cannot have its records searched or seized and it is not subject to the restraints of sunshine and transparency that FOIA requests can bring.

At a time when Obama is worried about ensuring the rights of terrorists against the abuses of the American government, he has no problem surrendering American rights to an arm of the United Nations.
This is extremely important because it comports with Barack Obama’s world view in ways harmful to American sovereignty. Obama has said repeatedly that he views no nation as greater than any other nation. He has said repeatedly that one nation should not be able to impose its will on another. He applies this even to the United States.

In Barack Obama’s world, the United States is no better and no worse than Iran, China, North Korea, or Kenya. In his world view, we are all players on an international stage with the United Nations as the leader. Therefore, while Obama will not give up American sovereignty to Peru, he is perfectly happy to give up sovereignty to the United Nations.

The man is not just an amateur. He is also a damnably naive fool.

This is also a backdoor to the International Criminal Court (”ICC”). The United States chose, before Obama took office, to avoid the ICC. Interpol has become the law enforcement arm of the ICC. By taking away the limits to Interpol’s immunity in the United States, Barack Obama has freed the organization up to conduct criminal investigations of individuals inside the United States on behalf of the ICC without any of us knowing about it.

And who does the ICC want to investigate? The lawyers, CIA operatives, and soldiers who have defended the United States in the War on Terror by setting up GTMO and prosecuting the war. These men and women now have yet another deterrent to keep them from being fully effective — the fear of an international criminal investigation that they don’t even know about.

How many Americans will get killed because of the policies Barack Obama is employing to undermine our safety and security in a dangerous world?