Saturday, April 16, 2005

LOST at Sea

The Law Of the Sea Treaty (LOST), is the single largest threat to US sovereignty this country has ever seen outside of war. Marshall Manson goes into detail in his article. Here are the treaty items that have the most impact on the US:

  • The treaty gives the United Nations firm control over all of the non-territorial water in the world. That’s about 70 percent of the earth’s surface.
  • LOST creates a new international organization under the UN umbrella called the International Seabed Authority (ISA). This new organization has the power to behave like an international court, adjudicating dispute and penalizing transgressors. The United States, of course, will wind up being the primary target.
  • In addition, the Authority collects taxes from private companies that are drilling or mining the ocean for oil, natural gas or other resources. So, for the first time, a U.N.-body will have the power to tax U.S. companies directly.
  • LOST could force the U.S. government to turn over critical national security information, specifications, and intelligence to other countries. In addition, the ISA could force U.S. companies to turn over secret technologies to competitors in Third World nations.
  • The ISA also has the authority to set production quotas, regulate research and development, and more.
  • The treaty hampers efforts to fight the War on Terror and undermines America’s national security interests. For example, LOST would prohibit at-sea interdictions that are the cornerstone of the U.S.-led proliferation security initiative to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Under the treaty, the UN and the ISA would be empowered to review U.S. military activities and decide if they violated the treaty. Among the possible violations: a submarine passing submerged through another nation’s territorial waters. (Of course, that’s precisely what submarines are supposed to do.)
  • According to Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, some nations, mostly notably China, are using the treaty as legal cover for dramatically expanding their territorial claims over key strategic waterways.
These are just a few of the flaws with LOST.

I urge all of you to contact your Senators and tell them to oppose LOST. Here is an easy way for you to contact all 100 Senators.
No to LOST Take action before it is too late! - Sailor

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