Law Trumps Order Everytime

There’s word today that there may be an “Executive Order” being offered in an exchange for votes on the House bill.

The possible deal would focus on an executive order that would specify there would be no public funding for abortions in the healthcare bill.

Apparently, in an effort to persuade lawmakers to support this bill, the President of the United States is offering this executive order which will have no affect on the healthcare bill. An executive order cannot override or negate an existing law.

Abortion is legal and the health care bill, as written in the Senate version, will allow funding for abortions. If the House passes the bill today, it will become law with the President’s signature. The President of the United States cannot issue any executive order which overrides that current law.

No deal, with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) or anyone else, is worth the paper it is written on, if it includes an Executive Order.

On a side note, the President can reverse or alter any executive order by simply signing another executive order. There is no guarantee that the President will not do that.

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Break Time!

After what seemed to be the longest week of the year so far, I am taking a break tomorrow.

The boys and I are getting up early to head out for a fun-filled day of bird watching. We’re planning to hit a few of the more popular birding areas that we haven’t had a chance to explore yet. Who knows what we’ll find.

Gidget will be staying home to play with her new toy, and I’m sure she’ll have a great time without the four of us yelling and screaming while we play Wii Bowling.

While I was catching up with my reading tonight I took a few moments to watch a Jon Stewart clip, on Vinny’s recommendation. Now I recommend that you watch it too.

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One year ago, President Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay within one year. Guantanamo Bay is still open. I guess that’s Bush’s fault too, huh?

That’s it for tonight. Hopefully tomorrow night’s post will be filled with photos of birds I’ve seen for the first time.

A Single Stroke Of A Pen

Imagine for a moment that you are sound asleep in your bed when suddenly out of nowhere, armed men invade your bedroom, take you into custody without reading you your rights, and transport you to the airport for a flight to Liechtenstein where you will be tried for a crime you didn’t commit.

Upon arrival in Lietchenstein you insist that you have not done anything wrong, and after days (or maybe even months) you convince the authorities that a mistake has been made and they set you free. They offer you no explanation and they make no apology. In fact, once they set you free you have no evidence one way or the other that any of these events even took place, well, except for the fact that you are now standing on a street corner in Vaduz with no money in your pocket, no identification, and no way to get home.

Thank goodness nothing like that can happen in the United States of America. Right?

Think again. While my hypothetical example above may be a little far fetched, it’s no longer an impossibility thanks to President Barack Hussein Obama.

Before we get into his signing of Executive Order 13524 on December 16th, we need to look back to Executive Order 12425, which was signed by then President Ronald Reagan on June 16, 1983.

Executive Order 12425 states,

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and statutes of the United States, including Section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (59 Stat. 669, 22 U.S.C. 288), it is hereby ordered that the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), in which the United States participates pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 263a, is hereby designated as a public international organization entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions and immunities conferred by the International Organizations Immunities Act; except those provided by Section 2(c), the portions of Section 2(d) and Section 3 relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act. This designation is not intended to abridge in any respect the privileges, exemptions or immunities which such organization may have acquired or may acquire by international agreement or by Congressional action.

President Reagan gave INTERPOL the authority to conduct investigations here within the United States, but the exceptions he specified denied them immunity for their actions while on U.S. soil and required them to produce records when demanded by U.S. courts. These exceptions were not unreasonable, were they?

Our U.S. Constitution offers specific protections from, and current U.S. Law requires certain actions to be taken by, law enforcement. President Reagan was just making sure that INTERPOL followed the same set of rules that law enforcement within the United States was required to follow.

Executive Order 12425 has remained largely intact with the exception of a slight amendment made by then President William Jefferson Clinton in 1995. Executive Order 12971, which amended Executive Order 12425, stated,

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities upon the International Criminal Police Organization (‘‘INTERPOL’’) it is hereby ordered that Executive Order No. 12425 be amended by deleting, in the first sentence, the words ‘‘the portions of Section 2(d) and’’ and the words ‘‘relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes’’.

President Clinton’s amendment put Section 2(d) which dealt with customs duties and internal revenue taxes back into play, but did not change the status of any of the accountability or immunity exceptions that President Reagan had put in place. That all changed on December 16, 2009 when President Barack Hussein Obama signed Executive Order 13524 which rescinds every exception that President Reagan put in place to protect the American people.

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.

On December 16, 2009, President Barack Obama gave INTERPOL unprecedented power over the citizens of the United States.

On December 16, 2009, President Barack Obama gave INTERPOL the authority to violate your rights, keep any records they wish, and never be held accountable to U.S. laws or the American people.

Until December 16, 2009, INTERPOL activity within the United States was subject to the same scrutiny as any other law enforcement within our borders.

Every single law enforcement entity within the United States of America is required to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests. INTERPOL is not, they can no longer be required to produce records pertaining to their investigations. Defendants, their defense lawyers, and the court itself will no longer have access to the documents being used to prosecute them.

Every law enforcement officer within the United States of America is bound by the same laws and regulations as you, and I, and every other citizen of the United States. INTERPOL agents are not, thanks to President Obama and Executive Order 13524 they are immune from prosecution of any kind for their actions taken on U.S. soil.

On December 16, 2009, with a simple stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama single-handedly endangered our national sovereignty and wiped out our Constitutionally guaranteed rights where trials are concerned.

Sure, my hypothetical example might sound a little bit extreme to some people, but Executive Order 13524 opens the door for much larger (and extreme) cases in the future. If certain provisions of the Patriot Act stepped on our rights as Americans, Executive Order 13524 allows INTERPOL to wipe their feet all over us, with no protection of our rights, and no accountability afterward.

Take a moment to ponder the direction our country is taking before you find yourself on that street corner in Vaduz with no way to get home. That is, if there’s still an America to come home to.