About That Executive Order Amended to Immunize INTERPOL In America….

This story has been simmering slightly under the radar for about a week and a half.  In fact, Obama’s signing of the executive order on Dec 17, would seem to have been purposely timed to coincide with the busiest time of the year – Christmas crunch time, when most people are  shopping, attending Christmas concerts, going to parties, etc. In short, too busy to pay attention to an executive order passed quietly in the night.

Andrew McCarthy explained that previously, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) was “constrained by the Fourth Amendment, FOIA, and other limitations of the Constitution and federal law that protect the liberty and privacy of Americans, which is what prevents law-enforcement and its controlling government authority from becoming tyrannical”.

This is no longer the case for Interpol:

On Wednesday, however, for no apparent reason, President Obama issued an executive order removing the Reagan limitations. That is, Interpol’s property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.

Interpol works closely with international tribunals (such as the International Criminal Court — which the United States has refused to join because of its sovereignty surrendering provisions, though top Obama officials want us in it). It also works closely with foreign courts and law-enforcement authorities (such as those in Europe that are investigating former Bush administration officials for purported war crimes — i.e., for actions taken in America’s defense).

Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?

Anthony Martin posits that this executive order essentially turns the US into an international police state:

What, exactly does this mean?  It means that INTERPOL now has the full authority to conduct investigations and other law enforcement activities on U.S. soil, with full immunity from U.S. laws such as the Freedom of Information Act and with complete independence from oversight from the FBI.

Oh, this doesn’t look good at all. But perhaps there’s an innocent explanation for what Obama’s done? Frances W. Porretto pointed me to this choice Mike Hendrix rant (which pretty much answers that question):

Obama is not a good man to whom bad things are happening. He is a bad man, doing bad things to our country, and doing them in the most underhanded and deceitful way imaginable. He isn’t a swell but naive guy who’s been hoodwinked by the bad people he’s surrounded himself with his entire life; he is one of them, through and through. Obama is Jones is Ayers is Dorn is Wright is Holdren is the whole psych-ward circus of cracked, left-wing-revolutionary clowns. He may present a pretty face, a pleasant smile, and a courtly manner when he wishes to, but underneath the mask he’s all authoritarian degeneracy and collectivist rot. Based on what we’ve seen and heard from him, there is simply no other conclusion to be reached; anything else is just wishful thinking and/or misguided courtesy.

Just in case there was still any doubt…

Even the left is waking up to the fact that the man is a slick snake-oil salesman who will lie to your face as soon as look at you.

All of this was easily discernible before the 2008 election.

On a related note, Thomas Del Beccaro at Big Government listed Obama’s 6 worst policy decisions. How he was able to whittle it down to a mere six is a testament to his self-editing skills.

Just another powerful reminder that the “change”, (or transformation from a freedom based society to a Big Government run society) Obama is bringing to America is not what most people bargained for when they voted for him.

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Good Lord. They don’t even care. They don’t even care.


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Janet Napolitano: “Actually The System Didn’t Work”

After 24 hours of intense verbal pummeling from those on the right as well as the left, Napolitano has changed her tune – now, “the system failed miserably:.

Notice how Jannie deployed the old  – “quote taken out of context”  Obama standby.

JANET NAPOLITANO: Sure, I think the comment is being taken out of context. What I’m saying is that once the incident occurred, moving forward, we were immediately able to notify the 128 flights in the air of protective measures to take, immediately able to notify law enforcement on the ground, airports both domestically, internationally, all carriers, all of that happening within 60 to 90 minutes, so —

Full transcript at Newsbusters.

Also blogging:

Gabe at AoSHQ:  Napolitano Flip-Flops, Says the System Did NOT Work

Ed Morrissey: Video: Now the system didn’t work

Previously:

Janet Napolitano Echoes Obama

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Iranian Basij Commander Orders Guards To Beat Protesters: “Beat Them Silly, Tear Them Apart”

See TehranLive.org for more excellent photos from the protests, today.

Via  Anonymous Iran:

” Pouya, Sadegh (names)”

“Hi- Where are you” “Beat them”

“Enghelab Ave. – Vali Asr Ave….Go there and beat them”

“These Foreigners have gone there to demonstrate, beat them silly, tear them apart, push them toward north, there more Basiji there to beat them”

“Very fast, don’t waste time”

“Jalil (name) go to Enghelab Ave. fast and beat them up”

“Listen, beat and tear them apart, break their legs, god would like that”

“Mohammad – Sadegh – Jalil (Names)”

“Go to east side, about 350 people are gathering there, beat them hard, tear the bodies apart, all of them, send them all to Kahrizak,(the famous prison which beat, turture and rape many prisoners in north of Teharn)”

“Hello Ahmad(name) I can’t hear you, yes yes, good news I hope”

“You go ahead and tear them apart, I will take the blame, don’t worry, do it right now”

“There are 8 to 10 old ladies there, beat them up and clean them up”

“From Enghelab Ave. downward, send small group there”

“Emad – Sadegh (names), do them real fast, beat them and wait for my order there”

“Emad 2, Emad 2 (name) where are you?…They have attacked the fire department (People) , they have burnt their fire cars, get there fast and stop them, you all wait there and be alarm, wait for my order”

Audio of radio transmission at Anonymous Iran.

One of their victims:

Homylafayette Iran News In English reports:

Demonstrators had expected that the regime would refrain from using excessive force because of the peaceful nature of the holy month of Moharram. But footage and photos coming out of Iran indicate that the opposite occurred and that security forces resorted to violence that had been unseen since the deadly protests of this summer.

Seyed Ali Habibi Mousavi (nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi) is reportedly among the dead.

More videos from today’s protests, at Tehran Bureau.

From the looks of the pictures I’ve seen, and the video below…the Basij themselves were in danger of being torn apart by enraged protesters:

People have cornered these security forces. People ask them ‘why do you do this to your people?’ and the riot guards ask for forgiveness, ‘Bebakhshid’ they can be heard to say. ‘You are Yazid’s – …

Here, protesters attack an anti-riot van:

See the BBC and CNN have more pix from the clashes.

Is the Iranian government teetering on the brink?

Doug Ross thinks so.

UPDATE:

The Obama administration finally issued a statement condemning the regime’s  violence. Business Week reports:

The Obama administration today “strongly” condemned a crackdown by Iranian security forces on protesters in Tehran that left at least five people dead.

The deaths and more than 300 arrests were reported in a police statement carried by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. One of the people killed was the 35-year-old nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi, a former prime minister and the main challenger in the disputed June 12 presidential election, Mousavi’s Kaleme.org Web site reported. The New York Times reported at least five more deaths in other cities.

“We strongly condemn the violent and unjust suppression of civilians in Iran seeking to exercise their universal rights,” National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement. “Governing through fear and violence is never just.”

Picture courtesy of Expose Liberals on Twitpic

Obama surfaced briefly in Hawaii, (seen above) but has not yet had anything to say about the ongoing revolt in Iran, which Charles Krauthammer finds “unforgivable”.

Nile Gardiner, writing for the UK Telegraph, concurs:

Now once again huge street protests have flared up on the streets of Tehran and a number of other major cities, with several protesters shot dead this weekend by the security forces and Revolutionary Guards, reportedly including the nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, and dozens seriously injured. And again there is deafening silence from the Commander-in-Chief as well as his Secretary of State. And where is the president? On vacation in Hawaii, no doubt recuperating from his exertions driving forward the monstrous health care reform bill against the overwhelming will of the American public and without a shred of bipartisan support.

This is not however a time for fence-sitting by the leader of the free world. The president should be leading international condemnation of the suppression of pro-democracy protesters, and calling on the Iranian dictatorship to free the thousands of political dissidents held in its torture chambers. Just as Ronald Reagan confronted the evils of Soviet Communism, Barack Obama should support the aspirations of the Iranian people to be free. The United States has a major role to play in inspiring and advancing freedom in Iran, and the president should make it clear that the American people are on the side of those brave Iranians who are laying down their lives for liberty in the face of tyranny

Previously:

Iran’s Pro-Democracy Green Movement Rises Again!

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