I spent twenty-two years serving in the Colorado criminal justice arena. I worked as a municipal police patrolman, a police detective, a patrol sergeant, and as a uniformed county sheriff’s deputy and detective. Following twenty years as a cop, I also spent two years on the other side of t
he Courtroom as an Investigator for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. So, I saw crime and punishment from both sides of the Courtroom. I spent my share of time at crime scenes gathering facts and evidence, then in Courts of Law, presenting the evidence and testifying under oath in trials.
Sometimes, warrant in hand, I actually kicked in doors and made arrests at gunpoint, but not exactly like this Clint Eastwood “Dirty Harry” operation. Real cops don’t get to do business like Dirty Harry did — but it is fun to watch his movies.
To convince a judge to sign a search or arrest warrant I had to first make sure that in preparing my affidavit for arrest or search warrant I had jumped through all of the hoops within the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees protection from unreasonable police searches of our homes, and capricious or illegal arrests. All of my reports, photos, and collected evidence were a matter of public record, available to defense attorneys through motions for discovery, to lay members of the public, and to members of the press via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Imagine now a foreign international police department that does not have to worry about the constraints of the Fourth Amendment, an agency that has license to bypass American Courts of Law, can investigate and arrest American citizens within our own borders, haul them off to Court in a foreign land, and does not have to reveal any records or documents to anyone in the United States. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.
I can foresee American military officers and enlisted personnel, CIA agents, former White House policy makers, even Dick Cheney and George Bush in jeopardy of left-driven arrests and war-crimes prosecutions.
From the Washington Examiner comes a sinister report:
“No presidential statement or White House press briefing was held on it. In fact, all that can be found about it on the official White House Web site is the Dec. 17 announcement and one-paragraph text of President Obama’s Executive Order 12425, with this innocuous headline: “Amending Executive Order 12425 Designating Interpol as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities.”In fact, this new directive from Obama may be the most destructive blow ever struck against American constitutional civil liberties. No wonder the White House said as little as possible about it…”
I cannot imagine a scenario as a cop where I would not have made everything I did in an investigation available to the defense team and to the Court. Neither can I imagine working for a law enforcement agency that is allowed to keep its records of completed investigations concealed from public inspection. The fact that an American President, by a stroke of his pen, has by all appearances created such a situation in the United States is beyond astonishing and terribly dangerous to our liberties.
This does not look good for our Constitutional guarantees or for our national sovereignty, folks. It’s time to write a letter or pick up the phone.
- Obama Warms to the Idea of an International Body Having Jurisdiction Over Americans
- United Nations Launches Investigation of Human Rights Abuses in the United States
- CNN: Black Cambridge Cops Support Sgt. Crowley, Denounce Gates and Obama