Misconceptions about how INTERPOL works by those who pretend to understand law enforcement

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One of my dearest friends works for a branch of Interpol in the U.K. He has for many years, which brought him several times to places like Brazil and Colombia, and several South and Central American locations to make arrests and bring criminals back to the U.K. to face justice. This guy is one tough cookie! He has seen the worst of the worst in Central and South America, been stabbed, beaten, kidnapped, and generally been through the ringer. He now works from the U.K. out of an office, because of the numerous injuries he suffered in his career; which include numerous surgeries to repair his injuries, Chron's disease, and assorted other maladies that have taken him out of the field.

Some people here seem to think that these law enforcement people have access to and can freely publish information in INTERPOL files and this is the biggest evidence you are dealing with someone pretending to be in law enforcement. A person working in law enforcement will never make such erroneous claims. And most of our friends in law enforcement are anything but braggarts, or people who announce what they do. They work quietly for the protection of their family members and do the work they pride themselves in protecting communities.

My dear friend who actually DOES work for a branch of the U.K. region of INTERPOL cannot even publish his own FICTIONAL WORK, which is a damned shame, because he is an excellent writer. He has told me he needs permission even to publish a short story and it goes through so many channels that it isn't worth the effort; then, is usually refused. He certainly cannot publish anything to do with any criminal files of others and he doesn't have access unless GRANTED ACCESS. And even then, he can't publish its contents or comment upon them on the internet. He does have access to cases assigned to him and all materials needed.

Each and every thing he publishes has to go through an approval process. He can't even discuss cases with friends much less broadcast information over the internet on cases. Believe me, as a writer I've asked, but he won't talk. THAT is what a law enforcement professional does.

So when you run into a person who claims they are in law enforcement and makes these outrageous claims, LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF. Because you know right away that they are lying about their profession. INTERPOL is a valuable law enforcement organization that serves a needed purpose. If their employees were buffoons that went about bragging that they knew about this person or that on the internet, their integrity and success would be devalued quickly and their effectiveness.

What I have learned from ex convicts like Jason "Gunny" Bush and Shawna Forde,is that people who want to be considered "tough" frequently list their occupations as law enforcement, border patrol, or soldiers. Many of these are ex convicts who couldn't pass the background screening process. Check out Jason "Gunny" Bush's background and see what I mean:




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Privacy Act

All files held by INTERPOL or the U.S. FBI are covered by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, and the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a,

This is their policy on disclosure:

(b) Conditions of Disclosure.— No agency shall disclose any record which is contained in a system of records by any means of communication to any person, or to another agency, except pursuant to a written request by, or with the prior written consent of, the individual to whom the record pertains, unless disclosure of the record would be—
(1) to those officers and employees of the agency which maintains the record who have a need for the record in the performance of their duties;
(2) required under section 552 of this title;
(3) for a routine use as defined in subsection (a)(7) of this section and described under subsection (e)(4)(D) of this section;
(4) to the Bureau of the Census for purposes of planning or carrying out a census or survey or related activity pursuant to the provisions of title 13;
(5) to a recipient who has provided the agency with advance adequate written assurance that the record will be used solely as a statistical research or reporting record, and the record is to be transferred in a form that is not individually identifiable;
(6) to the National Archives and Records Administration as a record which has sufficient historical or other value to warrant its continued preservation by the United States Government, or for evaluation by the Archivist of the United States or the designee of the Archivist to determine whether the record has such value;
(7) to another agency or to an instrumentality of any governmental jurisdiction within or under the control of the United States for a civil or criminal law enforcement activity if the activity is authorized by law, and if the head of the agency or instrumentality has made a written request to the agency which maintains the record specifying the particular portion desired and the law enforcement activity for which the record is sought;
(8) to a person pursuant to a showing of compelling circumstances affecting the health or safety of an individual if upon such disclosure notification is transmitted to the last known address of such individual;
(9) to either House of Congress, or, to the extent of matter within its jurisdiction, any committee or subcommittee thereof, any joint committee of Congress or subcommittee of any such joint committee;
(10) to the Comptroller General, or any of his authorized representatives, in the course of the performance of the duties of the Government Accountability Office;
(11) pursuant to the order of a court of competent jurisdiction; or
(12) to a consumer reporting agency in accordance with section 3711 (e) of title 31.

So when people on the internet tell you that they have records on you, they are bullshitting. Don't ever believe them Any officer of the courts or law enforcement officer is well aware of the standards of privacy and the Freedom of Information Act and how and when records can and may not be disclosed.

In today's internet culture, many dishonest people try to impress others by lying about being attached to some form of law enforcement agency and having access to "your records and photos." Next time you run into a person like this laugh and explain both the FOIA and Privacy Act to them, and they'll shut up quickly. Call their bullshit card and tell them to place their facts on the table and you'll see they never produce. It's the best joke out there for those who love to pretend they are the world's cops.

Understanding what INTERPOL does

Another misconception is that INTERPOL involves itself in cases where there is not warrant out for a person's arrest. Any law enforcement person would know this. But here is information about their purpose, quoted from their site:

"Interpol focuses on international public safety concerns that overlap country borders including terrorism, organized crime, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, piracy, illicit drug production & trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime and intellectual property crime.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com includes a free Interpol search with all of its criminal background checks. This search looks for Individuals wanted by national jurisdictions or the International Criminal Tribunals. If a match is made our system will return the details concerning the individual including their photo and date of birth. Interpol's role is to assist the national police forces in identifying or locating these people. When found Interpol seeks to arrest them and start the extradition process (i.e. the term “extradition” used here means the official surrendering of a suspected or convicted criminal by a state or nation). Interpol circulates its warrants worldwide requesting that the wanted person(s) be arrested so the extradition process can commence.
Interpol releases two types of notices into circulation:

* When there is an arrest warrant issued for a person wanted for prosecution.
* When there is a court decision for a person wanted to serve a sentence."

When criminals are located, they are picked up and arrested, especially if they are "drug runners with organized crime." Any police officer would know this. They are carefully monitored and arrested and the people aiding and abetting them are interrogated as well and arrested. Countries even as backwards as Nicaragua do not release them. Countries like the U.S. do not deport them. They are arrested and serve lengthy sentences for their crimes.

This is another way you know when you are dealing with a bullshit artist. No country that does a background check while a person is held in immigration detention EVER releases that person if they have broken the law or have a warrant out for their arrest pending. What they may do is turn that person over to their country of national origin and have them prosecute the crimes, or to the country where they committed the crimes, where they will be prosecuted. But they are NEVER released. In El Salvador, each and every person deported is required to undergo a background check as soon as they leave the plane. Once a person is cleared, they are taken to an area where they are handed pupusas and coffee, welcomed, enter a room where people explain that El Salvador is their country and that they don't need to go anywhere else, and then they are released. If they have warrants out for their arrest ANYWHERE or have ties to a criminal organization, they are arrested and taken to one of the five penitentiaries throughout the country to be held. Countries like Mexico simply accept them through the fence and send them on their merry way if they aren't criminals.

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