By Eric Barger
Revelation 13 succinctly spells out that someday in the future a person will head a system that will control the world politically, economically and religiously. At the beginning of his seven year reign, the Antichrist will first endear himself to the unsuspecting and gullible masses who are more than ready to crown him king of the world. Then, through a series of circumstances and controls “for the good of the earth,” the Man of Sin and his lieutenants will begin to systematically eliminate anyone who resists his “benevolent” rule. Eventually, claiming that he is indeed “god,” he will ruthlessly command the complete devotion of the peoples of the world. Before those dark days can unfold however, there will be an extended period of conditioning and preparation. Prophetically speaking, this is surely where we are in time.
A piece in that conditioning and preparation puzzle happens to be one of the most ominous items to cross my radar in many years. It was a little noticed recent amendment made by Barak Obama to a longstanding Presidential Executive Order (#12425) issued in 1983 by President Reagan.1
In essence, what Obama decreed on December 17 gave INTERPOL agents the right and ability to operate as an untouchable police force with unquestioned and unrestrained authority inside the United States. INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, can now operate with full diplomatic immunity outside the confines of the U.S. Constitution to investigate, interrogate, and theoretically arrest anyone they see fit without the cooperation of the FBI or any state or local law enforcement. Our courts and judges would also be without recourse to stop them from simply doing as they want with ANY U.S. citizen. If you are concerned about so-called “hate crimes” legislation, then just imagine a politically correct international police force with known ties to Muslim countries operating unabated in our land. Could it be that while they go about rounding up suspected terrorists, arms dealers, and murderous thugs, they might also be used to clamp down on anyone exercising the once honored but now dissipating right of free speech? It’s no secret that the current leadership of our nation despises opposition and appears poised to try most anything to squelch it. Antichrist will conceivably begin his regime in like fashion, marginalizing and intimidating all who would publically stand against tyrannical powers, or expose moral evils, or who would dare perpetrate the greatest atrocity – that being to proclaim that Jesus is the only true Savior.
Equally disturbing is the fact that E.O. 12425 seems to allow for the sealing of documents and the transfer of such arrested prisoners to foreign countries to be tried in foreign courts under foreign or international law. (Perhaps Obama has his favorite “war criminals” former Vice President Dick Cheney and President G.W. Bush in mind?) As the Constitution indicates, I have always believed that the main task of the federal government of the United States was to protect the citizenry. It would appear Obama is bent on something completely different. Where is the U.S. Constitution on this subject and what can be done about this obvious breech of the Constitution by Obama? Are there men and women in Congress who will stand up and stop this madness? We really need to pray.
I understand that many will just relegate my thoughts to the loony bin of conspiracy theories. However, I am not the only person who is concerned. Former U.S. Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, is asking why as well. On the January 4 edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” on the Fox News Channel, Gingrich said:
“The President recently signed, very quietly, an executive order that basically releases INTERPOL from all American constraints. Freedom of Information Acts don’t apply. All the constraints that you, as an American citizen, could use against an American police force based on a recent Obama-signed Executive Order, give INTERPOL, which has relationships with Syria, with Libya, with Iran…it gives them all sorts of extra legality in the United States in a way that has never ever before been offered to Interpol, and I’m very curious why the President is doing this.”An editorial in the Washington Examiner stated:
“this new directive from Obama may be the most destructive blow ever struck against American constitutional civil liberties.”2Threats Watch outlined the recent Obama action like this:
“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.The White House is being dubiously silent on this and for good reason. In a piece clearly defensive of Obama’s action, ABC’s Jake Tapper writes,
“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 2c 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.”3
“Obama administration officials say this new executive order doesn't allow INTERPOL to do any more than they were allowed to do once Reagan recognized them as a public international organization. Though clearly the Executive Order does prohibit US law enforcement from searching and seizing INTERPOL records, officials say, those provisions can be waived by the president if need be.”4Finally, after watching Obama’s actions to this point one surely cannot be convinced of how benign Executive Order 12425 really is. After all, considering TARP and other bailouts, the many appointed czars, cap-and-trade proposals, universal health care, unheard of redistribution of wealth, the proposed terrorist trials in New York City and now the bungling of how the “underwear bomber” was given the rights of a U.S. citizen when arrested in Detroit last week, one wonders aloud whether the inmates are actually running the Washington asylum!
Andy McCarthy at National Review asks these crucial, sobering questions of the secretive Obama order:
“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?”5Anthony G. Martin of the Columbia Conservative Examiner wrote:
“At least one answer to these questions is very clear. A coup is underway in the United States of America, the goal of which is to establish complete, unquestioned authority over the citizens - a 'fundamental change' to the United States where citizens have no legal recourse against an authoritarian central government.”6Though it’s impossible to be completely sure just exactly why Obama has amended President Reagan’s order, it is no stretch to imagine that his reasons do not include protecting the United States, its citizens and our sovereignty. We may hear that this executive order was amended just to afford INTERPOL agents the ability to track terrorists on our soil or some such explanation. However, before we give a sigh of relief, it would be wise if the Bible-believing Church recognized that when Antichrist first sets about reining in his opposition, he’ll undoubtedly use the same tactics and the same type of phony excuses to cover his true intentions.