ANDOVER, Mass., June 8 /CNW/ -- Ronald K. Noble, the Secretary General of
Interpol, addressed the 150 members of the 20th Anniversary graduating class
of the Massachusetts School of Law. He welcomed them to a journey with hurdles
and great rewards. He spoke passionately about their future roles and how
they might help find peace where today there are problems and order where
there is chaos.
The former law professor and U.S. Treasury and Justice Department
official, now the world's "top-cop," urged the graduates to cherish the rule
of law as they enter the legal community. "The rule of law must not be allowed
to discriminate against any individual or group," Noble said. "It must not be
allowed to engage in a double standard between any majority and any minority."
The Massachusetts School of Law is perhaps less known than Harvard or
other Boston-area law schools, but its "affordable tuition policy" has
provided lower cost educational opportunities and has put many minority
students on the road to a legal career.
As tensions worldwide and diplomatic threats have remained high during
the first six months of 2009, Noble has quietly shuttled around the world
solving problems, softening global disputes, helping catch bad guys and
finally getting the U.S. and other key countries to lean more towards a law
enforcement solution to what is still called "the war on terrorism."
There was China and the Olympics and the request that Interpol help
strategize security, which they did to great success. There was the private
meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and a breakthrough in
securing Russian support for key law enforcement and anti-terrorist policies
that the U.S. supports on a global basis. There was the South American fiasco
that saw Interpol authenticating the content on captured rebel computers in
Colombia, while Venezuela's Hugo Chavez continued to deny links to terrorists
in neighboring countries.
Then too, there was Interpol's unprecedented use of unique technology to
identify, track and bring to justice global pedophiles. In addition,
Interpol's DNA expertise aided the Philippines in identifying thousands of
victims of a ferry disaster to help bring closure to the families.
Noble represents an almost unique background combining law enforcement,
work as a high level government prosecutor, as a law professor and as the
first African-American to serve as U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
for Enforcement with responsibility for the Secret Service, ATF and other
major federal agencies. He was honored to address Massachusetts Law graduates
as this year he is celebrating 30 years since he entered Stanford Law School
en route to a career as Professor of Law at New York University.
Noble's experience in world-wide law enforcement and his travel to some
127 of Interpol's 187 member nations has given him unique insights into law
around the world and allowed him to challenge the Massachusetts Law School
graduates, including eight who are active police officers, that no matter
where they may end up professionally, they have an obligation to always foster
the rule of law and to develop a broader view of what constitutes law
"For an example of what can happen in the absence of the rule of law," he
told the eager graduates, "we can look at the situation in the Gulf of Aden,
where pirates in the waters near Somalia continue to threaten countries
throughout the world, either directly through hijackings or indirectly through
higher social and economic costs.
"This transnational organized crime poses many challenges for us in the
law enforcement and judicial communities, because maritime piracy by
definition occurs in international waters; because national laws are
frequently inadequate for addressing the modern-day iteration of this
centuries-old crime; and because there is no uniform law governing the
detention, extradition and prosecution of criminals involved in attacks on
ships that may be thousands of miles away from their home countries.
"Because this problem has its roots on land, the military alone cannot
solve this problem. Police, through an international police organization like
Interpol, can effectively assist prosecutors and law enforcement in
dismantling the transnational organized groups behind these crimes, which
occur in the open seas but the proceeds from which finance other illegal
activities that span the globe.
"This is a good example of how our globalized world in the 21st century
demands a broader vision of the role of law enforcement and, indeed, of
everyone in the legal profession."
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