The brass ring for some big government internationalists would be — if not a “one world government” per se — a system of international organizations that could exercise universal jurisdiction in some areas — taxation and criminal prosecution of big ticket criminals to name two. That of course, has been and still is anathema to most Americans and even our politicians. This case is not directly on that point, but highlights a huge problem with putting too much power in the hands of any bureaucracy — much less an international one:
Interpol has been accused of abusing its powers after Saudi Arabia used the organisation’s red notice system to get a journalist arrested in Malaysia for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
Police in Kuala Lumpur said Hamza Kashgari, 23, was detained at the airport “following a request made to us by Interpol” the international police cooperation agency, on behalf of the Saudi authorities.
Kashgari, a newspaper columnist, fled Saudi Arabia after posting a tweet on the prophet’s birthday that sparked more than 30,000 responses and several death threats. The posting, which was later deleted, read: “I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don’t understand about you … I will not pray for you.”
More than 13,000 people joined a Facebook page titled “The Saudi People Demand the Execution of Hamza Kashgari”.
Clerics in Saudi Arabia called for him to be charged with apostasy, a religious offence punishable by death. Reports suggest that the Malaysian authorities intend to return him to his native country.
Kashgari’s detention has triggered criticism by human rights groups of Malaysia’s decision to arrest the journalist and of Interpol’s cooperation in the process.
Oversight or intent on Interpol’s part? It doesn’t matter to me which. The potential for abuse and mistake is hard enough to control in domestic law enforcement. Why would we want that writ large across a weaselly and politically correct international regime of criminal courts and enforcement? Multiculturalism rum amok.
And for the record… I’m on board generally with Interpol’s red notice program. If used properly, it can be and has been key in combating transnational crime and tracking down U.S. fugitives from justice.