Ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty Would Give the UN Control Over Everything About the Oceans
By Larry Greenley
Created 2007-11-08 22:10
The Senate is poised to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which would give total regulatory jurisdiction over the worldï¿½??s oceans and seas to a United Nations body, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Follow this link to the original source: "25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea "
On October 31 the authoritative Capitol Hill news publication, CQ Today, stated: The Senate is likely to ratify a 1982 U.N. treaty governing the use of the worldï¿½??s oceans despite grumbling from a few conservative GOP senators. Thatï¿½??s right. After 25 years of stalemate, the Senate is poised to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which would give total regulatory jurisdiction over the worldï¿½??s oceans and seas to a United Nations body, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. This is the same UN famous for its corrupt oil-for-food scandal. This is the organization that consistently votes against American interests. In order to understand just how comprehensive and sweeping are the powers over the oceans that LOST would confer on the UN, read what was said at an official UN celebration of the 25th anniversary of LOST on Oct. 17: The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ... is perhaps one of the most significant but less recognized 20th century accomplishments in the arena of international law.... Its scope is vast: it covers all ocean space, with all its uses, including navigation and overflight; all uses of all its resources, living and non-living, on the high seas, on the ocean floor and beneath, on the continental shelf and in the territorial seas; the protection of the marine environment; and basic law and order.... The Convention is widely recognised by the international community as the legal framework within which all activities in the oceans and the seas must be carried out. ("25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ," Oct. 17, 2007; emphasis added.) In short, the LOST treaty provides the legal framework within which all activities on, over and under the oceans and the seas must be carried out. In other words, the LOST treaty would give the UN jurisdiction over everything concerning the oceans and seas of the earth. Everything would certainly include military and commercial uses of the oceans and seas. How do you think the anti-American UN would rule on U.S. Air Force planes and U.S. Navy ships using the oceans for military purposes? What would this mean for our national security? How about our commercial airliners flying over the oceans? How about the necessary transportation between our mainland states and Hawaii? And, on and on. We would not have veto power protection in the UNï¿½??s International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea like we do in the Security Council. Weï¿½??d have one vote among a membership of over 150 nations. For confirmation of just how bad it would be for the Senate to ratify LOST, take a look at these two videos of recent Senate hearings, featuring one of LOSTï¿½??s most articulate critics, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.): (1) DeMint on Law of the Sea Treaty: Part 1 ; (2) Round 2: DeMint on Law of the Sea Treaty . This vote on LOST is arguably the most important vote the Senate will cast this year. The John Birch Society is urging its members and allies, especially the leaders and members of other organizations that also believe in preserving American sovereignty and security, to phone their senators within the next few days in opposition to the LOST treaty. Click here  for a link to your senatorsï¿½?? phone numbers and talking points for the calls. If enough Americans contact their senators, we can stop LOST just like we stopped amnesty back in June. However, fewer organizations are involved in this fight, so those of us who understand the long range threat posed by surrendering our sovereignty to the UN need to step up our activism and get the job done! Our personal freedom and security depend on preserving American sovereignty and security by winning this fight against LOST!