Oh, joy: The UN wants to build a global police force. It's really difficult to think of a worse idea.
When last we checked in with Ronald K. Noble, he was enjoying a lucrative career as a reward for helping cover up a crime against humanity in which he was deeply implicated.
Interpol's genocidal secretary-general, former U.S. Treasury official Ronald K. Noble.
In 1994, Noble was appointed undersecretary of the Treasury Department, a position that appears to have been created especially for him by then-Attorney General Janet Reno.
A year earlier, both Reno and Noble had been involved in the decision-making process leading to the April 19 holocaust at Mt. Carmel, in which scores of people were immolated as a result of what at very best could be called the depraved indifference of presiding federal officials.
During the hours leading up to that atrocity, FBI-operated tanks filled the Branch Davidian sanctuary (a combination worship space and living area invariably referred to as a "compound" once it came under federal assault on February 28) with a highly combustible variant of CS gas that was banned for battlefield use by an international treaty.
Around noon, something -- an upended Coleman lantern, a badly thrown Molotov cocktail, one of hundreds of "ferret" rounds fired by FBI commandos -- ignited a small fire that was quickly propagated into a blaze by the arid Texas prairie wind. Much of the world watched in horror on live television as the sanctuary burned to the ground, bringing to an agonizing end the lives of scores of people trapped within.
The victims had already endured fifty days of torment and ridicule by a government that had attacked their home without legal cause, killing several of their friends in the process. Firemen and other emergency personnel were prevented from reaching the site before the flames had consummated their awful work. This was supposedly done to protect the emergency workers from attack by the people who were being consumed by the fire.
A more plausible explanation is that the people who had arranged that holocaust were trying to keep independent witnesses away from the scene of their crime. Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) footage of the event provides damning evidence that FBI commandos (and, reportedly, at least a few Delta Force operators) directed automatic weapons fire into the burning sanctuary, cutting off escape routes and cutting down anyone who attempted to flee.
This can't be good.
A wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Davidian survivors and the estates of the victims listed Noble among the "U.S. Treasury officials" who "planned, organized, and or led" the original February 28 assault against Mt. Carmel, despite knowledge that the warrants were obtained "without probable cause and with defects that rendered them illegal."
Those same officials, continued the complaint, permitted the assault to proceed "even though they knew that the Davidians were expecting an assault by law enforcement and, thus, were in a state of mortal terror," and "were so reckless in their preparation for and planning of this assault, that they did not even have a written plan in place prior to conducting the attack."
Noble was thus deeply involved in the decisions that led to the avoidable deaths of six members of the Branch Davidian sect, and four ATF stormtroopers, on February 28. His involvement in the planning and execution of the siege and the final April 19 assault isn't as significant. But he played the definitive role in covering up those crimes by serving as the "lead investigator" in the Clinton administration's internal "inquiry" into the federal atrocities at Waco.
So patently fraudulent was Noble's "investigation" that a second bogus inquiry was necessary: In 2000, Attorney General Reno chose former Missouri Senator John Danforth to preside over an "independent" investigation that was mounted in what proved to be a successful effort to derail the wrongful death lawsuit cited above.
By that time, however, Noble -- who had been given the Alexander Hamilton Award by the Treasury Department, as if anything named after that individual could be construed as an honor -- had been given another coveted post with Reno's help: He was nominated to serve as secretary-general of Interpol, a position he occupies to the present day.
Hey, wait a minute: Where have I seen that same sword-through-the-globe motif before?....
On October 12, Noble's agency announced that it would be collaborating with the United Nations by providing technical support -- including access to voluminous, detailed databases -- to UN "peacekeeping" personnel, including those that belong to the world body's police force, UNPOL.
Noble himself said that his organization is pursuing a "visionary model," an "alliance of all nations" under a "global police doctrine." This would, in effect, create the first genuinely planetary police force in human history.
In an address before justice and law enforcement officials from more than 60 nations who had assembled in Singapore, Noble elaborated on that "visionary model": "In the framework of our partnership with the UN, INTERPOL will provide deployed police peacekeepers with access to the world's only secure global police communications system; global police databases including names of criminals, fingerprints, DNA profiles, stolen passports, and stolen vehicles; and specialized investigative support in key crime areas, including fugitives, drugs, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, and corruption."
....oh, yeah: That's essentially the same symbol used by the totalitarian "Terran Empire" in Star Trek's "Mirror Universe."
Apart from some very serious issues of jurisdiction and sovereignty, the most troubling aspect of INTERPOL's "visionary model" is its potential to help create a UN-directed global panopticon -- a "Your Papers, Please" system of world-wide scope.
It would certainly be of great use to the UN's International Criminal Court, a pseudo-judicial body that claims global jurisdiction.
Significantly, one of the "core" offenses recognized in the ICC Statute is genocide, as that offense is defined in the UN's Genocide Convention. Article II of that instrument describes the offense of genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical [sic], racial or religious group":
"(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part...."
Some very serious and sober people contend that this definition is over-broad. No serious person of a constitutionalist bent considers the UN or its treaties a legitimate source of law.
However, it would be expected that Noble, as someone working to provide that body with a rudimentary global constabulary, would be among those who accept the legitimacy of its treaties. But to do so would put Noble in a completely untenable position: He is directly implicated in an assault that resulted in the near-destruction of an entire religious community, which -- by the UN's definition -- qualifies as a form of attempted genocide.
At the very least, he is an accessory after the fact to genocide (once again, as defined by the UN). Given the UN's history, however, that line on Nobel's resume might actually be counted on the asset side of the ledger.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who headed the organization's "peacekeeping" division before being appointed to the top post, was censured in the so-called Carlsson Report on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which claimed as many as a million lives.
Annan had received detailed advance intelligence about the impending massacres of the Tutsis from both the on-scene UN commander, Canadian Colonel Romeo Dallaire,* and various informants within the Hutu-led government. He nonetheless continued with the program to disarm the Rwandan civilians and ordered Dallaire to burn his own sources by sharing his intelligence with the same regime that was planning the slaughter.
After the report came out in 1999, a group of Rwandan survivors, working with Australian attorney (and former UN investigator) Michael Hourigan, attempted to file a lawsuit against Annan and others implicated in the Rwandan genocide. But, drat the luck, wouldn't you just know that UN officials are clothed in official immunity for such trivial offenses as aiding and abetting genocide, as long as this is done in an "official capacity."
So rather than being sued or prosecuted, Annan had to settle for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. That was the most offensive selection ever made by the Nobel Committee. Well, at least until this year.
Thanks to the near-ubiquity of inconspicuous digital cameras and the technological blessing of internet file-sharing sites, Americans are just now coming to realize how commonplace criminal abuse by the police has become -- and how difficult it is to hold an abusive police officer accountable for crimes against innocent people. But this is the square root of the problem we would confront in the event that the UN actually created the global police force the foundation of which is being laid by Noble and his comrades.
It's entirely typical of the UN that its secretary general was implicated in what has been called "the first indisputable genocide since the UN Charter was signed," and that a key architect of its "crime-fighting" agenda was involved in planning and covering up a quasi-genocidal massacre here in the United States. This is a useful illustration of the fact that even though abolishing the UN wouldn't solve all or even most of our problems, it's a badly overdue step in the direction of restoring moral sanity.
*Despite the fact that Col. Dallaire tried to prevent the genocide, he blamed himself for the tragedy, which included the death of many men under his command. He returned to Canada where he descended into alcoholism and suicidal depression, even as Annan was elevated to the post of secretary general. I interviewed Dallaire by telephone several years ago and discovered, to my amazement, that he still believes in the principle of "collective security," even if he is understandably jaded about the UN as the vessel of that vision.
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