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10/29/2007

Halloween vote by Senate Foreign Relations Committee could give away American sovereignty

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) could come to a Senate vote for ratification soon. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, Oct 31.

President Ronald Reagan refused to sign the treaty because he felt it was a giant step toward world government. Initially intended as a means to codify certain navigation rights supported by our navy, LOST also creates executive, legislative, and judicial mechanisms to control the resources of the world’s oceans, from which there would be no appeal. A 21-member international court would have the power to override U.S. law and the U.S. Constitution.

Proponents of LOST assert that unacceptable provisions have been fixed, but its collectivist and redistributionist core remains intact, write William P. Clark and Edwin Meese (Wall St J 10/8/07).

As Ambassador James Malone wrote in 1984, “The Treaty’s provisions were intentionally designed to promote a new world order -- a form of global collectivism known as the New International Economic Order (NIEO) -- that seeks ultimately the redistribution of the world’s wealth through a complex system of manipulative central economic planning and bureaucratic coercion. The Treaty’s provisions are predicated on a distorted interpretation of the noble concept of the Earth’s vast oceans as the ‘common heritage of mankind.’”

LOST empowers the International Seabed Authority to impose taxes on American companies, and to impose pollution controls on land-based sources, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC press release 10/10/07). One member of the ISA Finance Committee is Myanmar, the name given to Burma by its military junta. China, the Russian Federation, Brazil, and Uganda also serve.

According to a memorandum of the Cooler Heads Coalition, LOST would enable an international body to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, even if Congress rejects energy rationing legislation, by asserting that CO2 will increase the acidity of the oceans. If a private citizen filed a complaint in U.S. court, a federal judge could be in charge of administering hydrocarbon energy rationing. Something similar happened in 1990, when a federal judge put himself in charge of all management decisions pertaining to the spotted owl by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The result was to shut down timber production in the world’s most productive forests.

Members of the Foreign Relations Committee are: Senators Biden, Boxer, Cardin, Casey, Coleman,* Corker,* DeMint, Dodd, Feingold, Hagel, Isakson,* Kerry, Lugar, Menendez, Murkowski, Nelson (FL), Obama, Sununu,* Vitter, Voinovich, and Webb. Those marked with an asterisk are the ones Eagle Forum recommended calling first. The phone number for the Capitol Hill switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

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