Interpol gets Diplomatic Immunity

President Obama has issued an amendment to Executive Order 12425,  designating the international law enforcement agency Interpol as a “public international organization,” thus extending diplomatic immunity to the law enforcement group.

The amendment to the Executive Order — which does not need to be put to the senatorial test of “advise and consent” — reads:

“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.”

The text of Section 2(c), which now applies to Interpol states:

“(c) Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.”

Because of this move by the Obama Administration any and all Interpol offices in the United States cannot be searched due to its status as a diplomatically protected organization. It’s offices are considered sovereign and its files are not subject to legal request, be it by subpoena or discovery.

The website notes, “If any branch of government wants to keep documents out of the hands of the US court system, just hand them over to Interpol until the smoke clears.” It added that Interpol can maintain files on US citizens.

Diplomatic immunity, usually reserved for those who work at diplomatic missions throughout the United States, exempts persons and offices directly connected to foreign governments from being subject to search and seizure by law enforcement. It exempts said entities from US taxes and extends this protection to immunity from FOIA requests.

The amendment to Executive Order 12425, signed by Obama on December 17, 2009, declared Interpol records immune from search and seizure, “The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.”

By virtue of this declaration, any information that Interpol may have on political operatives or elected officials in the US — including SEIU president Andy Stern, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and President Obama himself — would be immune from any attempts to bring the information to light.

4 comments to Interpol gets Diplomatic Immunity

  • bgstrong

    Does this mean that Interpol can arrest our Shameful president ObaMao as an illegal alien and deport him back to Indonesia or Kenya ?

  • This is a double-edged sword. Other governments, and other agencies will abuse this privilege. And our FBI, CIA will most likely not have a reciprocal agreement. Worse, if a foreign government feels you might have written criticism about them, they can open a file, harass, or mettle in your personal affairs. Where is the freedom? Who is to say how paranoid a foreign government might be? And who is to say our government leaders will not have another government's intelligence agencies tail US Citizens, political adversaries, and such. "Diplomatic Immunity" is a pretty heavy word indeed.

    On the other hand such a foreign agency tailing a terrorist suspect could follow them into the US and work "inter-agency" wise to make sure the hand-off was good, and prevent a serious event. I personally have very little trust for European Agencies of any type, as they do not have our best interests in mind, usually the opposite. Further, this will lead to more deal like this as well, imagine Chinese or Middle Eastern intelligence agencies roaming our streets under diplomatic immunity, simultaneously using corporate espionage tactics and mettling in just about everything.

    Trust No One!

  • Slow down a little.. no need to go off half-informed.  INTERPOL, especially under Sec. Gen. Ron Noble is doing a great job within thier venue, IE, the World.  State, Local, Federal and even TRIBAL law enforcement and public safety organizations enjoy a level of confidentiality necessary to do the job – the public records act is the mechanism with which one may ask for and either get info or be told why they can not have the info.  INTERPOL does not have that abiliy outright; I see this a a manner in which they can operate efficiently and effectively within the U.S. (there, by the way , they have been suspiciously absent).  Also, look up "diplomatic immunity" somewhere other than "wikipedia" and get the real answers to what it means.  TV does a poor job and portraying what really falls under DI… Cheers.

  • bgstrong

    This new Interpol regulation sounds like it came out some of the early chapters of George Orwells 1984….

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