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John Kerry’s Treaty - Outsourcing sovereignty
NRO ^ | February 26, 2004 | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

Posted on 02/27/2004 2:18:47 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

John Kerry wants a world in which the United Nations calls the shots and U.S. freedom of action, in the absence of the U.N.'s permission, is sharply circumscribed. Most Americans recognize that this would be a formula for disaster — a world in which the lowest-common-multilateral-denominator would routinely trump, and often jeopardize, our security interests.

President George W. Bush's supporters believe that he rejects this Kerry-Clinton worldview. They look forward to a national election in which voters get to choose between his Reaganesque philosophy of peace through American strength and Kerry's U.N. uber alles.

So why would the Bush administration be pushing for the ratification of a treaty that will make a giant leap towards John Kerry's world?

On Wednesday, Sen. Kerry voted by proxy (since he can't take time off from running for president to do his day job in person) for a resolution of ratification that would make the U.S. a party to the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). He was able to do so, however, only because the Bush team decided to eschew President Reagan's 1982 judgment that LOST was irremediably defective, in favor of President Clinton's 1994 assessment that the accord was in America's interests. With the support of the Bush administration, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar brought the treaty to a unanimous favorable vote and promises to try to get the Senate to act on it "as soon as possible."

Unfortunately, as usual, Ronald Reagan was right and Bill Clinton was wrong. Here's why:

The truth of the matter is that the Law of the Sea Treaty is so defective, so contrary to U.S. interests that the only way it could possibly be ratified is for it to be blown through the Senate when no one is looking. That is precisely what Sen. Lugar is trying to do. He has: prevented critics from testifying before his own committee; kept other committees from being briefed on the treaty; and is seeking to get it to the Senate floor before effective opposition can be organized and expressed. This abuse of traditional Senate practice and good governance must not be allowed to stand.

Alas, in addition to the wealth redistributors, one-worlders, environmentalists, international lawyers, and the other usual suspects on the Left, the U.S. Navy, the American oil industry and Vice President Cheney currently support LOST. Such support appears to be motivated by narrow, parochial, and shortsighted reasons (e.g., the belief that having internationally agreed "rules of the road" for the world's oceans will be good for the respective businesses of the Navy and the deep-sea "oil patch.")

Such myopic support is even more grievously misplaced and foolish than that given in 1997 by a powerful trade association — the Chemical Manufacturers Association — to another defective treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention. Thanks to the CMA's lobbying at the time, its members are today (as was predicted) being subjected to onerous international inspections, thereby risking, among other things, the loss of proprietary information to foreign spies masquerading as international inspectors. Now, too late, they wish the U.S. had not ratified the CWC.

The U.S. cannot afford once again to ignore the real and grave costs of an ill-conceived and strategically ill-advised treaty at the behest of parochial and misguided special interests. Their later regrets will pale beside those the rest of us will feel.

The bottom line is that the Law of the Sea is a prime example of the way people like Sen. Kerry would like the world to be ordered and run. It is not consistent with Republican governing principles and values — or, more importantly, this country's vital interests. If President Bush's base is upset, and properly so, over his immigration and spending-policy errors, they will be furious when they learn that his administration is willing to cede unprecedented American sovereignty, power, and control over who taxes and regulates U.S. businesses to the U.N.

Given what is at stake, Richard Lugar's efforts to ram the Law of the Sea Treaty through the Senate are all the more objectionable. It is imperative that other Senate committees whose jurisdictions will be affected by LOST (including Armed Services, Intelligence, Commerce, Environment and Public Works, Governmental Affairs, and Finance — and for that matter their House counterparts, which may have to consider enacting legislation) should be able to hold their own, far-more-balanced hearings before the full Senate is asked to consider John Kerry's treaty.


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; conspiracy; environment; frankjgaffneyjr; govwatch; kerry; lost; sovereignty; sovereigntylist; un; unlist

1 posted on 02/27/2004 2:18:48 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Great post. LOST indeed.
2 posted on 02/27/2004 2:22:42 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: Tailgunner Joe
John Kerry’s Treaty - Outsourcing sovereignty

What a great headline!!

3 posted on 02/27/2004 4:47:30 PM PST by syriacus (Lib courts get rid of gender in marriage = Courts get rid of any legal consideration of gender = ERA)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
So what are the chances that Congress will ratify this treaty?
4 posted on 02/27/2004 10:10:36 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: Tailgunner Joe
What can we do to get the word out on this? Looks like Cheney is also supporting this. We need to let our congressmen know this is not acceptable!
5 posted on 02/28/2004 10:21:47 AM PST by sorrisi
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
BUMP
6 posted on 02/28/2004 10:23:48 AM PST by sorrisi
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Travis McGee; .30Carbine; Avoiding_Sulla; B4Ranch; JohnHuang2
It looks like this has flown under FR's radar. I just heard about this on True North with Laurie Morrow, a local conservative talk radio program, in an interview with this author. He says this treaty is flying under everyone's radar and is being fast-tracked to approval. The Bush administration approves of it although when asked about it the administration replied 'it doesn't know anything about it.' Gaffney thought that was plausible as this treaty is intentionally being kept low-profile.
7 posted on 03/03/2004 9:25:15 AM PST by TigersEye (Regime change in the courts. Impeach activist judges!)
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These include the power (for the UN) to: regulate seven-tenths of the world's surface area, levy international taxes, impose production quotas (for deep-sea mining, oil production, etc.), govern ocean research and exploration, and create a multinational court to render and enforce its judgments. Some even aspire to giving the U.N. some of our warships so it can have "blue hulls" — to go along with its "blue helmets" — to ensure that the ISA's edicts are obeyed.

The treaty effectively prohibits two functions vital to American security: collecting intelligence in, and submerged transit of, territorial waters.


8 posted on 03/03/2004 9:35:43 AM PST by TigersEye (Regime change in the courts. Impeach activist judges!)
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To: sorrisi; A. Pole; Willie Green
The administration has frequently handed our sovereignty to corporations. Sickening. I am not a citizen of Multinational Corporation X.
9 posted on 03/03/2004 9:41:35 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: TigersEye
Of course Bush knows about it. They wouldn't have brought this out of limbo without his consent.
10 posted on 03/03/2004 9:43:57 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
A lot better than you'd hope.
11 posted on 03/03/2004 9:44:32 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: TigersEye; Squantos; glock rocks; Happy2BMe; Federalist 78; Ohioan
"U.S. adherence to this treaty would entail history's biggest and most unwarranted voluntary transfer of wealth and surrender of sovereignty."

This doesn't seem to be of the slighest concern to our President. His actions with the UN during this term have shown this. The man is a globalist and a nations surrender of sovereignty to the UN is just one of th necessary steps to bring about a One World Government.

Bush supporters, please don't start ranting about how we attacked Iraq without the UN's permission. Instaed look at the $120 million he wants to give to the National Endowment of the Arts in NYC.

"The truth of the matter is that the Law of the Sea Treaty is so defective, so contrary to U.S. interests that the only way it could possibly be ratified is for it to be blown through the Senate when no one is looking."

Now if you don't think this is possible, please look at where a package of 34 treaties, all of which were ratified by a show of hands -- no recorded vote.

Tell me how much you respect your Senator and I will tell you to take off the damn blinders! While you're at it, tell me which of President Clintons EO's that President Bush has withdrawn.

12 posted on 03/03/2004 9:51:51 AM PST by B4Ranch (Don't be so open-minded your brains fall out.)
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To: B4Ranch
Here is a little info on the author, Frank Gaffney Jr.

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. President & CEO, The Center for Security Policy

13 posted on 03/03/2004 10:03:20 AM PST by TigersEye (Regime change in the courts. Impeach activist judges!)
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To: GraniteStateConservative; OPS4
In case anyone thinks they can pigeon-hole this author as anti-Bush they are going to have an uphill battle of it.

Should Voters Trust the U.N. to Protect America's Security?

14 posted on 03/03/2004 10:13:36 AM PST by TigersEye (Carrying a gun is a social responsibility.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Is there a bill number?
15 posted on 03/03/2004 10:23:43 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: TigersEye; OPS4
I could give a rat's ass whether he wrote it or Dennis Kucinich. The fact is that this treaty is being fast-tracked. That's inexcusable. It's yet another stride toward global citizenship and I want nothing of it.
16 posted on 03/03/2004 10:49:03 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Thank you!
17 posted on 03/03/2004 2:46:13 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Thank you!
18 posted on 03/03/2004 2:46:13 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Thank you!
19 posted on 03/03/2004 2:46:14 PM PST by .30Carbine
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Yes, I did that on purpose. This is important.
20 posted on 03/03/2004 2:46:52 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: MeekOneGOP
UN takeover and taxation ping.
21 posted on 03/03/2004 2:48:45 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: B4Ranch; Sabertooth
"While you're at it, tell me which of President Clintons EO's that President Bush has withdrawn."

Hmm... well of course there is the executive order to, um . .

Oh, oh well cetainly. The E.O. for gays in the military . . erp . . . no.

Dang! I'm stumped.

Was there one?

22 posted on 03/03/2004 3:01:12 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: .30Carbine

23 posted on 03/03/2004 4:10:54 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: autoresponder; onyx
fyi ...

24 posted on 03/03/2004 4:11:47 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: Happy2BMe
No Sir, there wasn't one.
25 posted on 03/03/2004 4:46:37 PM PST by B4Ranch (Don't be so open-minded your brains fall out.)
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To: MeekOneGOP


I heard Gaffney about this on Monica Crowley's WABC 770am NYC show last week.






26 posted on 03/03/2004 4:49:08 PM PST by autoresponder (JAMES BOND: http://00access.tripod.com/007.html J-FK: http://00access.tripod.com/Kerry-11.html)
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To: autoresponder
I hadn't heard anything about this until now ...

27 posted on 03/03/2004 5:05:36 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I could give a rat's ass whether he wrote it or Dennis Kucinich.

Other's might question Kucinich's veracity. 8^O

28 posted on 03/03/2004 7:23:35 PM PST by TigersEye (Carrying a gun is a social responsibility.)
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To: .30Carbine; *Sovereignty_list; *UN_List; *gov_watch; *Conspiracy
Given the amount of interest this has generated I guess we'll be the United Nations of America by this time next year and most people will be pretty happy about it. If they even notice.
29 posted on 03/03/2004 10:31:00 PM PST by TigersEye (Carrying a gun is a social obligation.)
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To: TigersEye; B4Ranch; GraniteStateConservative; MeekOneGOP; Tailgunner Joe; ntnychik; syriacus; ...
Rupert Cornwell in Washington writes in a column today for the Independent.co.uk which I found via the Drudge Report:

"If the human race as a whole, rather than 50 states plus the District of Colombia, could cast a ballot this coming November, John Kerry would surely win the presidency by a landslide.

"Unfortunately for President Bush-haters around the world, only the 200 million United States citizens of voting age will have that right - and the outcome is anything but sure."

We are not allowed to post the Independent's articles on FR - I tried - but I thought all should be reminded of the Leftist Mindset concerning our democratic elections, our nation's sovereignty, and our Constitutional Republic. They are One-Worlders to a man. John Kerry is currently their American representative, and he voted for this LOST way of allowing the UN to tax American citizens, to control our military maneuvers, and to tell us what we can and can not do in international waters.

Says Frank J. Gaffney Jr.:
"The bottom line is that the Law of the Sea is a prime example of the way people like Sen. Kerry would like the world to be ordered and run. It is not consistent with Republican governing principles and values — or, more importantly, this country's vital interests."

30 posted on 03/04/2004 2:38:19 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: MeekOneGOP; autoresponder
TigersEye and I heard about it for the first time yesterday morning on the only VT conservative radio program, "True North," with Laurie Morrow. This lady is in the know! She let her listeners (VT, NH, and parts of NY) hear how far this treaty has traveled under the radar. She interviewed Mr. Gaffney who clued us in as to the details of LOST, the two articles he has written (the one above and one in the Washington Times on Tuesday which I haven't been able to find), and what can be done to turn this ship around, namely,

CALL BILL FRIST at 202-224-3121 (Capital switchboard).

31 posted on 03/04/2004 2:47:55 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine
Thanks for the ping, .30Carbine!!

Speaking of Law of the Sea, Kerry's Kerry ancestors "came over" to America on the ship Koenigin Luise in "First Class."

32 posted on 03/04/2004 4:35:34 AM PST by syriacus (Kerry's Kerry ancestors "came over" from Europe ....FIRST CLASS!!!!)
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To: .30Carbine; B4Ranch; JackelopeBreeder; Sabertooth; JohnHuang2; SJackson; dennisw; Spiff; ...
Ping on #30

"Says Frank J. Gaffney Jr.:

"The bottom line is that the Law of the Sea is a prime example of the way people like Sen. Kerry would like the world to be ordered and run. It is not consistent with Republican governing principles and values — or, more importantly, this country's vital interests."

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

At what point will U.N. "Law" overtake U.S. Law?

Is it even possible, or being contemplated by those in our own government to merge our national authority into that of the U.N. with the U.N. taking precedence?

Is this all just a Conspiracy theory or pipe dream of a few wacky militant rednecks?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

"They are One-Worlders to a man. John Kerry is currently their American representative, and he voted for this LOST way of allowing the UN to tax American citizens, to control our military maneuvers, and to tell us what we can and can not do in international waters."

* * * *

The United Nations Wants to TAX you!

Taxation

"Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali ... urged the [UN] to consider imposing its own taxes to become less dependent on the United States...."

-Washington Times, January 16, 1996

Are you concerned that...
...numerous taxation schemes to finance the UN are being considered?

Economist James Tobin proposed in 1972 that the UN be the recipient of a tax of 0.05% on foreign exchange transactions. In 1993, the Ford Foundation produced Financing an Effective United Nations, a report containing recommendations that the UN tax airline traffic, shipping, and arms sales. In 1995, the UN-funded Commission on Global Governance suggested that the UN collect levies from those who use "flight lanes, sea lanes for ships, ocean fishing areas, and the electromagnetic spectrum." Ultimately, of course, the burden of all taxation falls on consumers.

Are you concerned that...
...a State Department study specifically proposed giving the UN taxing power and, ultimately, control of the world?

In 1962, the State Department financed a study entitled "A World Effectively Controlled by the United Nations." The report outlined what would be needed for such a total world government: "a mandatory universal membership," an ability to use "physical force," and "compulsory jurisdiction" of its courts. One of the UN's "principle features," stated the report, would be "enforceable taxing powers." (Emphasis added.)

Are you concerned that...
...no matter how much our nation gives, the UN will never be satisfied?

In addition to hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars in foreign aid, our nation has provided the UN with tens of billions more for its programs since 1945. Currently, U.S. contributions make up 25% of the UN's annual budget. But, in his May 2001 speech at Notre Dame University, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan complained with a typical anit-American attitude, "It is shameful that the United States ... should be one of the least generous in terms of helping the world's poor."

Are you concerned that...
...taxing authority would fuel an unaccountable UN Superstate?

Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said of a UN tax: "We would no be under the daily financial will of member states who are unwilling to pay up." UN Founder Harlan Cleveland made the same point in Futures: Rather than relying on "the worn-out policy of year-to-year decisions by individual governments" (about how much to give the UN), "what's needed is a flow of funds for development which are generated automatically under international control." And there would be no Congress to limit the UN's appetite for your tax dollars!

Property Rights

The United Nations Wants to Take Your Land!
"Private land ownership ... contributes to social injustice.... Public control of land use is therefore indispensable."

- United Nations "Habitat I" Conference Report, 1976



33 posted on 03/04/2004 5:20:39 AM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: .30Carbine

34 posted on 03/04/2004 6:13:05 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: Happy2BMe; Avoiding_Sulla
"Private land ownership ... contributes to social injustice.... Public control of land use is therefore indispensable."

- United Nations "Habitat I" Conference Report, 1976

I wonder, would that explain, at least in part, why the UN stands aside while farmers in Zimbabwe and Namibia are stripped of their property and the land awarded to "the poor". (Under state control of course.)

35 posted on 03/04/2004 7:55:42 AM PST by TigersEye (Carrying a gun is a social obligation.)
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To: TigersEye
Watch sometimes how Russia treats the U.N. like a ba$tard child from a cheap whore.
36 posted on 03/04/2004 8:12:49 AM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: Happy2BMe
They're too nice.
37 posted on 03/04/2004 9:19:50 AM PST by TigersEye (Carrying a gun is a social obligation.)
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To: .30Carbine; MeekOneGOP; Happy2BMe


The UN's armies are a bit shallow


Kerry is a carbon copy of his Internationalist America hating father Richard Kerry


Kerry and his father in the traditions of those who founded Communism


Another Kohn-Job


2-pager; allow graphics, audio, 2 page to advance

http://00access.tripod.com/Kerry-11.html


38 posted on 03/04/2004 1:06:26 PM PST by autoresponder (JAMES BOND: http://00access.tripod.com/007.html J-FK: http://00access.tripod.com/Kerry-11.html)
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