The CIA appears to believe that it has the charter to go anywhere, kill anyone, and overthrow any state that it thinks needs overthrowing. It’s nice to see that sometimes that’s still not true.
In case you’re not familiar with the situation, a US CIA agent stationed in England was apparently drunk and certainly driving on the wrong side of the road, when she struck and killed a motorcyclist. Rather than sticking around to face the music, she fled back to the US. Then, the US apparatus got into gear and declared that she was sacrosanct and even did a shockingly tasteless surprise meeting (a la Jerry Springer) with the bereaved parents at the white house – they tried to spring the CIA agent on them for some reconciliation but they were shocked by the whole affair. Probably the next move from the US/CIA will be to disappear the parents, or something; they really are not reckoning what they are dealing with.
According to The Guardian: [guard]
An Interpol notice has been circulated worldwide making Anne Sacoolas in effect a fugitive from justice if she sets foot outside her native United States.
Sacoolas was charged in the UK with causing the death by dangerous driving of a 19-year-old motorcyclist, Harry Dunn, last August.
The US refused to accept an extradition warrant, saying she enjoyed diplomatic immunity at the time of the crash. Her husband worked at a CIA spying base, RAF Croughton in Northampton.
The diplomatic immunity claim is … questionable, but the home office has decided to go along with it. Diplomats are declared as such, and CIA residents are usually undeclared; they often work under a cover identity for a contractor or (less often) another agency like the army or the State Department. What surprises me is that the US officially gives a damn and is protecting her; it’s probably out of fear that charging US government criminals with crimes could become a habit.
A red notice has been described as an international wanted person’s notice but is not in itself an arrest warrant.
Interpol issued nearly 14,000 red notices last year. It cannot compel the law enforcement authorities in any country to arrest someone who is the subject of a red notice.
Each member country decides what legal value it gives to a red notice and the authority of their law enforcement officers to make arrests.
The English lapdogs did a pretty energetic job of trying to nab Julian Assange, but a bad driver? No, the entire apparatus of the state is moved to profound passivity.
Diplomatic immunity and auto accidents go together like wine and driving. There was a notable incident back in the 90s where one diplomat in the Washington area racked up a phenomenal history of speeding, illegal parking, and driving under the influence before the state department finally convinced his home government to recall him: [NBC]
In 2008, we filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Department of State and spent six years fighting to get a list never before released to the public showing hundreds of diplomats pulled over for our most serious driving offenses.
The records show one-third were caught drinking and driving, including a Russian first secretary charged with DWI and trying to elude police in Chevy Chase. Also on the list? A defense attaché for Yemen whose Mercedes was involved in a hit-and-run in Great Falls. He’d been pulled over three years earlier for reckless driving on Gallows Road.
Remember, if you work for Blackwater, “diplomatic immunity” includes shooting old ladies who don’t get their car out of your way fast enough, and then gunning down police or militia that try to stop you. The US can’t have that sort of checks on its power. Un. Accept. Able.