Did Obama exempt Interpol from same legal constraints as American law-enforcement?

posted at 2:55 pm on December 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

During his presidency, Ronald Reagan granted the global police agency Interpol the status of diplomatic personnel in order to engage more constructively on international law enforcement.  In Executive Order 12425, Reagan made two exceptions to that status.  The first had to do with taxation, but the second was to make sure that Interpol had the same accountability for its actions as American law enforcement — namely, they had to produce records when demanded by courts and could not have immunity for their actions.

Barack Obama unexpectedly revoked those exceptions in a change to EO 12425 last month, as Threats Watch reports:

Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order “Amending Executive Order 12425.” It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) 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.

By removing language from President Reagan’s 1983 Executive Order 12425, this international law enforcement body now operates – 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. …

After initial review and discussions between the writers of this analysis, the context was spelled out plainly.

Through EO 12425, President Reagan extended to INTERPOL recognition as an “International Organization.” In short, the privileges and immunities afforded foreign diplomats was extended to INTERPOL. Two sets of important privileges and immunities were withheld: Section 2© and the remaining sections cited (all of which deal with differing taxes).

And then comes December 17, 2009, and President Obama. The exemptions in EO 12425 were removed.

Section 2c of the United States International Organizations Immunities Act is the crucial piece.

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. (Emphasis added.)

Inviolable archives means INTERPOL records are beyond US citizens’ Freedom of Information Act requests and from American legal or investigative discovery (“unless such immunity be expressly waived.”)

Property and assets being immune from search and confiscation means precisely that. Wherever they may be in the United States. This could conceivably include human assets – Americans arrested on our soil by INTERPOL officers.

Actually, that last argument overreaches.  American law does not consider people as “assets.”  It does mean, though, that Interpol officers would have diplomatic immunity for any lawbreaking conducted in the US at a time when Interpol nations (like Italy) have attempted to try American intelligence agents for their work in the war on terror, a rather interesting double standard.

It also appears to mean that Americans who get arrested on the basis of Interpol work cannot get the type of documentation one normally would get in the discovery process, which is a remarkable reversal from Obama’s declared efforts to gain “due process” for terrorists detained at Gitmo.  Does the White House intend to treat Americans worse than the terrorists we’ve captured during wartime?

Andy McCarthy wonders the same thing:

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?

I seem to recall the Left getting hysterical over the Patriot Act extensions that Obama finally backed.  This gives Interpol a much wider operational latitude than anything contemplated in the Patriot Act, and with no accountability at all.


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They’re cops for the World Government. Obama’s cool with that.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Sovereignty Shmovereignty

blatantblue on December 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Green light for Interpol to arrest Cheney and drag him back to Europe.

Bishop on December 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Well this pretty much tears it. The start of a “global” police force, answerable to only the UN. And to think it will actually start in the US. Who would have thunk that.

Johnnyreb on December 23, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Well this is really going to help create new jobs then, because he is spending every moment he is awake thinking about the economy, trying to get every American who wants a job – but does not have one – a job!

singlemalt_18 on December 23, 2009 at 3:00 PM

This shit has to stop! How far can this ASSHAT go before Americans say you get the boot? I do not think this passes the smell test of the Constitution but wait….. Nothing else he is trying to do does so either.

UncleZeb on December 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM

They’re cops for the World Government. Obama’s cool with that.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2009 at 2:57 PM

very true, and its rushing towards us like a freight train!

hope and chains baby!!!

right4life on December 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Foreign countries have more rights then us…doesn’t seem logical except to a liberal…

right2bright on December 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM

I don’t get why he’d do this, unless the idea is to weaken America.

Is there any kind of explaination from the White House?

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Who would have thunk that.

Johnnyreb on December 23, 2009 at 2:59 PM

me…I’ve been waiting for the US to abandon israel, and join the europeans in the global governance game…

all is going according to His plan….

right4life on December 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Ahhnold will head the interpol soon enough

to hunt palin

blatantblue on December 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Poor Ed, just doesn’t understand that our president, a former CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR, knows everything about the law. HE is just looking out for our best interest. I’m sure HE has Nancy and Harry working on that old ‘ineffectual’ document and bring it into line with current times.

GarandFan on December 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM

My understanding of Interpol is that they don’t have agents out arresting people, nor do they the power to arrest anyone. They simply act as support for local and national law enforcement agencies in helping combat international criminals. Basically, they’re a bunch of desk jockeys.

That being said, this still seems very strange.

strictnein on December 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

My comments do not show up. Hmmm. Anyway this is crap being put on us but the head crap sandwich maker.

UncleZeb on December 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I can’t watch anymore. It’s Christmas time and my country is going to hell. God save us.

Barack Obama unexpectedly revoked those exceptions

Ed, is anything “unexpected” from the POSPOTUS?

PappaMac on December 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Just when I think it is getting bad, he goes and does something to make it worse…

TKSnider on December 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

this isn’t unexpected

this is unprecedented

blatantblue on December 23, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Insane.

AZCoyote on December 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

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?

Manchurian administration.

Youngs98 on December 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Obama probably didn’t waste any time understanding it as he is too busy trying to establish himself as the greatest Prez of all time. These small issues niggling at his heels and which offer no grand stand potential are not worth his precious time.

jeanie on December 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Obama’s probably got Interpol investigating Sarah Palin’s expenses covering any period she was an elected to any office or any period she ran for elected office.

Basil Fawlty on December 23, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Impeachment time

Filecchio on December 23, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Smart power.

Mojave Mark on December 23, 2009 at 3:07 PM

It begins

pseudonominus on December 23, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Why are you asking the question? According to your piece, this is exactly what he did. Right?

rrpjr on December 23, 2009 at 3:08 PM

I can’t watch anymore. It’s Christmas time and my country is going to hell. God save us.
PappaMac on December 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

+1

pseudonominus on December 23, 2009 at 3:08 PM

I can’t watch anymore. It’s Christmas time and my country is going to hell. God save us.
PappaMac on December 23, 2009 at 3:03 PM

we’ll get through it

barely, but we will

blatantblue on December 23, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Add this to the list of things the next POTUS will have to reverse. It will take one hell of a mop in 2013 to clean this mess up.

txag92 on December 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Well this is spectacular. Any one of these dudes, or dudettes could walk up to anyone on the street, pop em off, and have no accountability for it. That’s just great.

Wow Obama! No wonder you won’t release your grades. They’re probably so far above anyone, and everyone that’s gone before, or gond during, or gone after you, since you left school!

STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Someone might have already said this, but doesn’t this coincide with the seizure of Iranian assets in NYC right around the same date?

Key West Reader on December 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Shouldn’t the CBO have figured this out without Sessions having to ask them about it? It seems something like this should be obvious to people who do this for a living.

Mark1971 on December 23, 2009 at 12:36 PM

And as Obama said a few months ago. Stop whining, and grab a mop Republicans. Only this time, the President will have to make that request, and ask the Dim O craps.

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Obama to announce the creation of a Civilian Defense Force that he campaigned on will be a branch of INTERPOL.

WashJeff on December 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I think this qualifies as a WTF?? moment.

irishspy on December 23, 2009 at 3:12 PM

The only thing more terrifying than Obama domestic policy is Obama foreign policy. Usually we can go on the assumption that our President is on our side…

evergreen on December 23, 2009 at 3:13 PM

This pushed my creep-o-meeter into the red. World Government here we come! Guess who gets to be King?

Mord on December 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Then if INTERPOL tries to arrest a US Citizen on US soil, that Citizen should regard INTERPOL as they would a foreign combatant.

LOCK AND LOAD!!!

Wanderlust on December 23, 2009 at 3:16 PM

And I used to think GIJOE was fake, because the FBI would have confiscated COBRA’s tanks and guns at the dock…

Chris_Balsz on December 23, 2009 at 3:19 PM

WTF???? I would LOVE to hear the liberal trolls defend this abomination. I hate these guys.

search4truth on December 23, 2009 at 3:19 PM

This is more of the same. This is the kind of stuff that has me furious all of the time. We had better start getting some American leadership in our national offices or I am going to blow a gasket.

Texas Aggie on December 23, 2009 at 3:19 PM

November 13th article regarding seizure of 4 mosques and a skyscraper in NYC all with ties to Iran.

The amendment to this executive order… Could this be yet ANOTHER concession from Obama to Iran?

Key West Reader on December 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Actually, that last argument overreaches. American law does not consider people as “assets.” It does mean, though, that Interpol officers would have diplomatic immunity for any lawbreaking conducted in the US at a time when Interpol nations (like Italy) have attempted to try American intelligence agents for their work in the war on terror, a rather interesting double standard.

It’s not really an overreach, just an imprecisely-written phrase. What is means is that if INTERPOL officers arrest someone and get them to a location considered INTERPOL territory, our own law-enforcement officers can not go there to retrieve them, much in the same way that they could not go into a national embassy.

Jimmie Bise, Jr on December 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Then if INTERPOL tries to arrest a US Citizen on US soil, that Citizen should regard INTERPOL as they would a foreign combatant.

LOCK AND LOAD!!!

Wanderlust on December 23, 2009 at 3:16 PM

This !

SouthernGent on December 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM

UnPresident-ed.

portlandon on December 23, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Actually, that last argument overreaches. American law does not consider people as “assets.”

Is it really an overreach? When we describe the detainees at Gitmo as “intelligence assets”

I think Barack Obama just put Bush, Cheney and all of our CIA and military (special ops) into a legal hellhole- on purpose. WTH is putting it mildly.

journeyintothewhirlwind on December 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Outrageous…he is doing everything possible to destroy this country…and liberals still have their heads up their asses…

DCJeff on December 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM

And the Liberals keep bitching about the mess that Bush left.

Jimmy Carter is no longer the worst US President ever. That “unexpected” title now belongs to Barak Hussein Obama….mmmmm….mmmmm…mmmmm.

PappaMac on December 23, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I don’t get why he’d do this, unless the idea is to weaken America.

Is there any kind of explaination from the White House?

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Everything his does is to weaken America. It’s his raison d’etre.

Disturb the Universe on December 23, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Are we worried yet?

capitalist piglet on December 23, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Can we time travel Obama to Lubyanka circa 1937? Please.

journeyintothewhirlwind on December 23, 2009 at 3:27 PM

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).

So this is how Obama is going to prosecute our CIA covert operators, and the Gitmo interrogators?

fourdeucer on December 23, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Does the White House intend to treat Americans worse than the terrorists we’ve captured during wartime?

Yes. Allow me to bring in the three most-maligned letters of the English language – NWO

steveegg on December 23, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Everything his does is to weaken America. It’s his raison d’etre.

Disturb the Universe on December 23, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I try to look for a more reasonable answer, as most of the time one exists. But on this I don’t see why on earth he would even think to do this unless it were to intentionally give up some of our sovereignty to an international body.

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I think Barack Obama just put Bush, Cheney and all of our CIA and military (special ops) into a legal hellhole- on purpose. WTH is putting it mildly.

journeyintothewhirlwind on December 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Gives Leon Panetta cover and takes the onus off him.

fourdeucer on December 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I used the “B” word in my last comment and it went into the ether. Strange that I could use a multitude of curse words and not get deleted, but use the “B” word and it’s gone.

Let me “clean up” my comment…ahem.

The Liberal Left and Democrats are continually ‘complaining’ about the condition that Bush left the country in. He is a piker compare to Obama.

PappaMac on December 23, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Lets see…give Illegals the same(if not more) rights as American citizens.Give jihadist-terrorists the same(if not more) rights than American citizens.Now giving a foreign police/intelligence unit,more rights than our own.WTF

theTarCzar on December 23, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Add this to the Obamateurism polls..

And the hits just keep on coming..

bridgetown on December 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM

We’ve put an anti-American, racist, communist in the White House.

Hard to believe that he is acting like an anti-American, racist, communist.

I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

justltl on December 23, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Basil Fawlty on December 23, 2009 at 3:06 PM

mr. Fawlty, Mr. Fawlty!! how is Sybil?? and Manuel??

that was a GREAT show!!

and polly was hot!

right4life on December 23, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Everyone does know why you have to give your passport to the hotel you stay in while in europe?

jukin on December 23, 2009 at 3:43 PM

This should be the lead story on every news outlet in print or airwaves.

In effing sane.

Alden Pyle on December 23, 2009 at 3:44 PM

It would be delicious irony if Europe (now mad at Obama for Copenhagen etc) stops investigating Bush et al and starting investigating Obama and all of his cronies and this new power that Obama just gave Interpol is unleashed on him.

journeyintothewhirlwind on December 23, 2009 at 3:44 PM

During his presidency, Ronald Reagan made two exceptions to that status… the second exception was to make sure that Interpol had the same accountability for its actions as American law enforcement — namely, they had to produce records when demanded by courts and could not have immunity for their actions.

And then comes December 17, 2009, and President Obama.

Barack Obama unexpectedly revoked those exceptions in a change to EO 12425 last month…

Reagan had it right with respect to accountability. Obama’s really done it now.

ReagansRight on December 23, 2009 at 3:46 PM

The interesting part is the repository of investigative documents IN THE DOJ that are off limits to American law. So what’s to stop Holder from asking INTERPOL to “investigate” Americans for whatever reason he likes and then hiding behind their diplomatic immunity when courts want to see the information?

johnsteele on December 23, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Add this to the Obamateurism polls..

And the hits just keep on coming..

bridgetown on December 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Sadly, I don’t think it’s as benign as an Obamateurism.

capitalist piglet on December 23, 2009 at 3:50 PM

oh boy, is his civilian security force as well armed as out army far behind?

frakkers

no doubt they will wear Abercrombie and Fitch uniforms….

ginaswo on December 23, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Well, if you are going to take down all vestiges of American exceptionalism this w/b a great way to continue on. Funny how exceptionalism arguement is reaching into our own land. Use to be we were guilty of the practice to outsiders.

moyeti on December 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Why would we elevate an international police force above American law?

Hmmmm. Perhaps it’s all about globalization and the “Progressive’s” desire to dilute our sovereignty?

Here
is Daniel Hannan on the European police force (Europol). It begins, “See how stealthily, how silkily, by how many small steps, how insidiously, and invidiously we have moved to the establishment of a Pan- European federal police force.”

Buy Danish on December 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I have wondered how he was going to try and circumvent American law, this seems like a nice trial balloon.

thomasaur on December 23, 2009 at 4:03 PM

You know, if the senate wasn’t full of bought and paid for democrat treasonous SOBs, I would finally be convinced to impeach the obama. However, we can’t do that because the senate democrats are treasonous SOBs and would never convict him, and obama is black, therefore untouchable.

We should be rioting in the streets.

Old Country Boy on December 23, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Obama to announce the creation of a Civilian Defense Force that he campaigned on will be a branch of INTERPOL.

WashJeff on December 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me. After all, we will need to be disarmed for our own safety and what better way to circumvent the 2nd Amendment than to have the Obama arm of Interpol to carry that out?

Fletch54 on December 23, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Why would we elevate an international police force above American law?

Because off-shore police are beautiful and just, and the American law enforcement agencies are racist and fearful.

Wait you get pulled over by Inspector Cleuseau. Or Poirot. Or the Chinese International Police.

After nearly 300 years of pursuing happiness, doing whats right, freeing enslaved peoples around the world and promoting democracy everywhere, in less than 10 months we have become a Third World country, subserviant to foreign law enforcement (and by default, foreign law).

Enjoy.

BobMbx on December 23, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Impeachment time

Filecchio on December 23, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Is this considered a “high crime and misdemeanor”? Let’s hope so. Obstructing justice by concealing information from public scrutiny, perhaps? Hmmmmmmm.

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?

As always with this POTUS – why? What is behind this? And why now?

DINORight on December 23, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Does the White House intend to treat Americans worse than the terrorists we’ve captured during wartime?

If the change causes us to be treated worse then the answer is obvious.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM

As a reminder, Samantha Power (who is mentioned in the original link) is the wife of the very scary Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein (author of “Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech” – to name just one troubling thing on his resume’). Recently he is more famous for having authored “Nudge”.

Buy Danish on December 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me. After all, we will need to be disarmed for our own safety ….

Fletch54 on December 23, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Aren’t guns considered the most serious “health risk” by Liberals? A way around the 2nd Amendment: the health care bill! For our “health” and “safety,” of course. Riiiiight.

I hope I’m stretching, but I have a sickening feeling that this is (one of) the ulterior motive(s) of the “rush” on this health care B.S. Sheer evil.

DINORight on December 23, 2009 at 4:22 PM

After all, we will need to be disarmed for our own safety and what better way to circumvent the 2nd Amendment than to have the Obama arm of Interpol to carry that out?

Fletch54 on December 23, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Lots of luck with that task.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 4:23 PM

We should be rioting in the streets.

Old Country Boy on December 23, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Everything in their season.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Actually, that last argument overreaches. American law does not consider people as “assets.”

Ummm, True and False. American law does not consider citizens as assets. However what should be of note here, is The Hague (Int’l court) and it’s warrants it issues, ie; “human rights violations” and “war crimes”. Which is directly relevent to this alteration made by Obama.

We do consider military and intelligence personal as assets, when this particular distinction is brought to bear it takes little imagination to see the potentrial ramifications posed by this.

Archimedes on December 23, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Lots of luck with that task.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Granted, it will be a bloody affair, but not unachievable.

Fletch54 on December 23, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Obama to announce the creation of a Civilian Defense Force that he campaigned on will be a branch of INTERPOL.

WashJeff on December 23, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Exactly, This allows foreign agents to carry “unusual Weapons” (like machine pistols), seize under the color of Diplomatic Immunity almost any asset and NEVER be questioned. It will be a very interesting situation, as some have mentioned, just how a US citizen with a handgun would respond to being “arrested” by Interpol. My guess is that there will be blood.

If this is the start of an One World government police force I am frankly astonished. I had thought the O would have used a US agency desperate for legitimacy like the BATF, but to use Interpol is silly.

GunRunner on December 23, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Is there a website anywhere or someplace that keeps a perfectly simple running tab on the changes that Barack Obama has made to the United States? There seems to be an awful lot of changes. Thank you

royzer on December 23, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Fletch54 on December 23, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Quite bloody. In the area I live in they may get some of the guns but will never get them all.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I’m not sure I see the rationale here, unless he is merely trying to goad opponents into overreaction–basically hoping for another Oklahoma City. And considering that his political advisor is a man who thinks planting fake supporters and manipulation of public perceptions is good-to-go, it’s a charge that has some believability–though I’m not sure I actually do.

Hey, maybe he just has a few political opponents he wants to set up with the help of overseas “friends”? Chicago way, right? Naturally, I say this with a mischievous grin…

Or maybe its some obscure point he is trying to make to the right, along the lines of “Okay, this is what rendition is like if it is done on your soil. How do you like it now?” Except, of course, the purpose of the American Presidency is not to be the ambassador of the views of the cosmocrats to the American people…

Horatius on December 23, 2009 at 4:43 PM

“BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM”

+1 … It makes sense, considering the source. But what’s their weasel-worded explanation? Has anyone seen anything about this from the WH?

KS Rex on December 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM

“BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM”

+1 … It makes sense, considering the source. But what’s their weasel-worded explanation? Has anyone seen anything about this from the WH?

KS Rex on December 23, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Just this.

Fletch54 on December 23, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Just great. There would be no reason to ever doubt the purity of Interpol.

GnuBreed on December 23, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Who needs SkyNet, we got Zero.

Maquis on December 23, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Polanski has led Yuri\’s handlers to see how to arrest the member of the Israeli government the dhimmi Brits have an arrest warrant for. 2010 is looking dower.

FeFe on December 23, 2009 at 5:22 PM

I think we should resist. you can join me on the Facebook page
Revoke Interpol’s Diplomatic Immunity
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sdsorrentino on December 23, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I held my nose, and voted for McCain.

Was I misguided?

franksalterego on December 23, 2009 at 6:02 PM

I sure wouldn’t want to be a uniformed international cop trying to patrol in the South.

It would be like being a 10-point buck in deer season.

Let’s all say “one term” at once.

What hilarity.

I am sure the Founding Fathers would be proud.

molonlabe28 on December 23, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Barack Madoff and Bernie Obama are one and the same.

bluegrass on December 23, 2009 at 6:13 PM

This is not a good sign.

Only God knows where we are going to be by the end of this bastard’s term.

justltl on December 23, 2009 at 6:14 PM

You guys realize what the aim of this is, right? How better to insure evil Bush and Cheney face trial for war crimes than to allow a foreign police agency the right to arrest and detain people without due process?

I guarantee you, this will NOT end well. And folks, we’d better damned well be asking what ELSE is out there that’s slipped under the radar. Guess we’d best start making sure there aren’t even worse liberties being taken with our basic rights in the name of Obama’s fairness.

Mad Mad Monica on December 23, 2009 at 6:30 PM

UN Dispatch Blogger says that bloggers are “uninformed.”

baldilocks on December 23, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Is there a website anywhere or someplace that keeps a perfectly simple running tab on the changes that Barack Obama has made to the United States? There seems to be an awful lot of changes. Thank you

royzer on December 23, 2009 at 4:39 PM

I have often wondered about this also. I wish I had started a diary to record all the changes from day one, but who knew there would be about 50 a day!

silvernana on December 23, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Does the White House intend to treat Americans worse than the terrorists we’ve captured during wartime?

Is grass green? Is the sky blue? Is water wet?

How many times must this waterfowl quack before we admit to ourselves once and for all that it really is a duck?

Cylor on December 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM

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