Magazine article The New American

America to Collaborate More with Interpol: With Obama's Blessing, Interpol Will Coordinate Tracking and Deterring Foreign Fighters and Terrorists, Though Interpol Does Not Have a Good Track Record with Human Rights

Magazine article The New American

America to Collaborate More with Interpol: With Obama's Blessing, Interpol Will Coordinate Tracking and Deterring Foreign Fighters and Terrorists, Though Interpol Does Not Have a Good Track Record with Human Rights

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Under the guise of fighting the terror war amid chaos in Iraq and Syria, the Obama administration is boosting its collaboration with the self-styled "law-enforcement partner" of the United Nations known as Interpol, despite Interpol's contravening of U.S. laws, despite its unsavory and even criminal members, despite its history of human rights abuses, and despite its limited utility in fighting terrorism.

The Washington, D.C., arm of the deeply controversial outfit, formally dubbed the International Criminal Police Organization, will be "spearheading" an Obama-backed plan called the Foreign Terrorist Fighter Program, the U.S. Justice Department announced in a September 24 statement. The unveiling of the scheme followed the UN Security Council's approval of a binding resolution sponsored by Obama to create a new global terrorism regime, complete with what amounts to a planetary no-fly list.

According to Interpol Washington, which serves as the official representative for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to the France-based global outfit, the new terror-war program "leverages the unique resources Interpol utilizes to combat transnational crime," allowing authorities to "monitor," "interdict," and "deter" foreign fighters at strategic entry points. Those resources include Interpol's communications system, criminal and analytical databases, biometric information on targets, and a system of advisory notices aimed at tracking and apprehending individuals in governments' cross hairs.

It was not immediately clear how somebody would be declared a "foreign terrorist fighter," or how such a designation could be challenged in a court of law--if it is even possible. However, the Justice Department admitted in the statement that its scheming was also aimed at "those not charged with a particular offense." Already hiding behind half-baked legal arguments put forward by Attorney General Holder wherein the Obama administration claims it can extra-judicially execute people around the world--including U.S. citizens--without any formal charges, trial, or conviction, the administration obviously will now be profiling travelers, though in the past the administration has refused to profile Islamists as potential terrorists while at the same time patting down the aged, the disabled, and small children.

Despite the lack of attention from the establishment press surrounding the new Interpol scheme, senior U.S. officials were openly celebrating it. "Interpol provides critical leadership in advancing the Justice Department's efforts to combat terrorism and ensure the safety of all Americans--offering cutting-edge resources, a structure for international cooperation, and strategic tools like Red, Blue and Green Notices for tracing, targeting and apprehending terror suspects," explained outgoing Attorney General Holder, who, ironically, is currently in criminal contempt of Congress for his role in attempting to cover up the deadly Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

"In a world that is increasingly interdependent and interconnected, Interpol helps to defend against a range of evolving challenges by disseminating information, combating crime, and identifying potential threats," Holder continued in the statement. "And particularly today, with the emergence of groups like ISIL, and the knowledge that some Americans are attempting to travel to countries like Syria and Iraq to take part in ongoing conflicts, Interpol--as the world's largest international police organization--has a vital role to play in safeguarding our homeland and protecting the American people." The FBI says that about 12 Americans went to the Middle East to fight on behalf of the Islamic State, a terror group that has been one of the top beneficiaries of Obama's "regime-change" machinations in Syria. It's also ironic that Holder contends that we need Interpol to identify Americans who help ISIL when the government already screens all travelers using the Transportation Security Administration, the NSA monitors all electronic communications to and from Americans, and it has such confidence in its own screening of Middle Easterners that it is letting large numbers of Muslim refugees of all stripes enter the country--all while the government allows U. …

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