Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chuck Norris and the Secret Vault

Michael Isikoff reports that Chuck Norris, former action movie star and now a right-wing political activist, is on the hunt for President Obama’s “secret vault” that was created when he signed an executive order in December “extending certain ‘privileges, exemptions, and immunities’ to Interpol, otherwise known as the International Police Organization, based in Lyon, France.”

In a new column on World Net Daily, the right-wing Web site, he claims that Obama signed the executive order so that he can slyly, without anyone noticing, create a “secret vault” at Interpol’s New York office to conceal important records about the war on terror from the American public.

“Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive Interpol order, and that the feds want to try these 9/11 terrorists in civilian courts rather than military courts?” Norris asks in his bizarre and hard-to-follow rant.

He continues: “Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive Interpol order and that he often goes out of his way to sympathize with and advocate pro-Muslim culture, beliefs and issues?”

“Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive Interpol order, and that the following events are converging at this time in American history: the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the closure of Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility, Obama’s indifference and even defense of Islamic extremists like the Fort Hood shooter or Northwest flight 253’s attempted bomber?”

Who could possibly believe in such coincidences?


Now for a little reality check: The Interpol office in New York does indeed get an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act under Obama’s order. But as Ron Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, told us last week, there is nothing especially sinister about that: the office has files on suspected terrorists provided by the law-enforcement agencies of its member countries—and those agencies would be loath to share them if they thought their internal reports (including the names of informants, the transcripts of wiretaps, and other confidential evidence) might be made public. (If you think that’s unusual, try filing a FOIA request for FBI or DEA files on their current criminal suspects.)


For another reality check, take a look at this posting—just up on the National Rifle Association’s site—which dissects the conspiracy claims about Obama’s executive order and concludes they are hogwash.

What does it say about the state of political discourse when the NRA is the voice of reason?

I think Chuck Norris just wants to sell more Action Jeans; it’s easier to hunt evil-doers if your legs aren’t binding.

HT to Melissa.