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A sort of Kyoto Protocol of the seas

Law of the Sea Treaty heads out to open sea


By —— Bio and Archives--November 1, 2007

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imageThe Gipper must be rolling in his grave: The Jolly Roger-flagged Law of the Sea Treaty is sailing full speed ahead, courtesy of a media encouraged U.S. Senate panel.

Minus political rhetoric, the treaty gives the power-grabbing United Nations complete jurisdiction over God’s Seven Seas—70 percent of Mother Earth’s surface.

“The treaty also creates an International Seabed Authority with the power to levy a $250,000 tax (application fee) on anyone who wishes to explore the seabed. (Henry Lamb, WorldNetDaily, May 17, 2007).  “It would also tax (royalties) everything that might be excavated from the seabed.  It requires technology transfer from the nations that have technology to the nations that don’t—under the supervision of the UN of course.”

Little wonder that the world’s largest bureaucracy can afford a $1.9-billion makeover!

Sovereignty is on its way to Davy Jones’ Locker joining the death of other sunken ships in the world’s seabeds.

  Even though most cursory scan of recent events makes it seem as though sovereignty went out with President Ronald Reagan.

  According to William P. Clark and Edwin Meese,  “President Reagan was so strongly against it that he formally refused to sigh the treaty.

“He even sent Donald Rumsfeld as a personal emissary to our key allies around the world to explain his opposition and encourage them to follow suit.  All of them did so at the time. (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 8, 2007).

  Somewhat ironically it was on Halloween when a US Senate panel overwhelmingly passed the measure, passing the Senate Foreign relations committee by a 17-4 vote.

  “If you want a UN on steroids, you want the Law of the Sea Treaty.” Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss) has said.  “I am absolutely convinced it undermines U.S. sovereignty.”

  A sort of Kyoto Protocol of the seas, more than 150 nations have already joined the 25-year-old pact.

  Now headed to the full Senate for ratification, President George W. Bush is pushing the Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, saying it would allow U.S. armed forces to move freely on the oceans.

  Not only does the treaty give the corruption-ridden UN full jurisdiction over the open seas, it requires that “U.S. sovereignty over U.S. territorial seas be exercised”...subject to this Convention and other rules of international law.”

  In the days of the pirates of old, victims fought off the enemy to keep them from boarding their vessels.  New pirate law will dictate that the governing body will relieve you of your cargo and passage.

But the battle is not over and one of the main advocates against the Law of the Sea Treaty is already predicting that the vote may come back to haunt those Senators voting for it.

  “When the American people learn more about the treaty, they oppose it,” says Accuracy in Media (AIM) editor Cliff Kincaid.  “By cutting through media bias in favor of the pact, opposition will only grow.

  “We renew our commitment to challenge popular media misperceptions about the treaty and give the people—and their Senators—the information they need to make an informed decision.”

  The AIM editor noted that Senator David Vitter had said in a press release yesterday that the U.N.‘s Law of the Sea Treaty “has not received the national attention it deserves”. 

Kincaid said Vitter was speaking an essential truth and that the national attention the treaty deserves must come not only from the Senate but from the new media, including conservative personalities on talk radio and cable news.  Vitter, who voted against the treaty, did his homework, researching the pact and grilling witnesses about its controversial provisions.

Vitter commented in his news release that, “We need to more thoroughly examine this treaty, not speedily rush it to a vote on the Senate floor.”  Kincaid said the same advice applies to the media.  “We need more scrutiny of this treaty,” he said.  “It’s time for honest and objective coverage.” 

  “Today’s pro-treaty editorials in both the New York Times and the Washington Post stand as concrete examples of media bias on the topic”, he said. 

  Giving the UN 21st century pirate status will not allow US armed forces to move freely on the oceans, it will fill the UN’s international court.

  Meanwhile, it could be time to remember the acronym of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: LOST.

See Cliff Kincaid’s Big Media Demand Passage of U.N. Treaty



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