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Scuttle the Law of the Sea Treaty!

American Policy Center

Issue CII - May 25, 2007

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The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) is another grand scheme of the United Nations. LOST would give control of roughly 70% of the Earthís surface to the U.N., establishing rules which would govern the use of the worldís oceans. LOST is back, and on a fast track for ratification, because the Bush Administration is now calling for accession to this convention. We have stopped LOST several times in the past, and we should be able to stop it again, with enough outcry.

Itís important to remember the United Nations is not a country or government. It is a private organization that tries to tell sovereign nations when to jump, and how high, under threat of military intervention.

For an excellent education on the legal consequences of treaties on domestic Americans, please read Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1 (1957) (http://www.constitution.org/ussc/354-001a.htm), a Supreme Court case very relevant to the issue of international treaties. As Justice Black opined in this case, under our U.S. Constitution, our civil liberties cannot be subordinated by a treaty, stating:

"It would be manifestly contrary to the objectives of those who created the Constitution, as well as those who were responsible for the Bill of Rights Ė let alone alien to our entire to our entire constitutional history and tradition Ė to construe Article VI as permitting the United States to exercise power under an international agreement without observing constitutional prohibitions. The court has regularly and uniformly recognized the supremacy of the Constitution over a treaty."

The LOST convention, part of the United Nationís redistributionist agenda known as the "New International Economic Order," was cobbled together in the 1970s to benefit Third World countries wanting to fine and punish the wealth and technological advantages of the industrialized West.

For instance, a seabed mining company would be required to pay a $250,000 application fee for access to a mining site AND for a bonus site the International Seabed Authority (ISA) could utilize for its own mining efforts. That corporation would have to pay an annual royalty fee of $1 million (up to 7% of annual profits) and agree to "principles" that guide the use and distribution of mining and navigational technology. That corporation would be unable to file suit, but must rely upon its country of origin to address its concerns before the ISA. It should be noted here that the United States would have one vote out of 140, and no veto power as it has on the U.N. Security Council.

Former President Ronald Reagan torpedoed LOST in 1982, as it conflicts with the basic free-market principles of private property, free enterprise, and competition. Former President William Clinton floated a revised version to the U.S. Senate in 1994. The Senate refused to ratify it, and the U.S. provisional participation expired in 1998. The treaty bobbed back up in 2004 under the sponsorship of Senator Richard Lugar, R-IN, (then Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee). It was again sunk, this time by then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-TN.

Apparently hoping to take full advantage of the power shift in D.C, President George W. Bush has announced his intention to salvage LOST. This decision was immediately and forcefully opposed by conservative grass-roots organizations such as Eagle Forum, the Center for Security Policy, the Leadership Institute, the Free Congress Foundation, and the Heritage Foundation.

President Bush claims the U.S. military sought reintroduction of LOST, as it would place 12-mile territorial limits on other nationsí claims to coastal waters. Perhaps our military has not read the restrictions and regulations the treaty would impose on intelligence and submarine maneuvers in territorial waters.

Or, perhaps the American people face a graver threat than traitors in Congress.

ACTION TO TAKE

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) remains a seriously flawed document, designed to transfer wealth and technology from industrialized states to those of the Third World. It is anathema to our Founding Principles and will threaten our national sovereignty.

  1. Contact the leadership and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/
    committees.tt?commid=sfore
    ). Senator Joseph Biden is the Chair, and Senator Richard Lugar is the Ranking Republican.

You can write the committee at 439 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. You can call the committee at (202) 224-4651, or fax it at (202) 224-0836.

  1. Contact your Senators (http://thomas.gov).
  2. Contact Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader. Senator McConnell leads a block of 49 Republican votes Ė we only need 34 to stop LOST. Pressure on Senator McConnell is one of our best chances to stop this treaty.
  3. Contact the White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/).

Tell these guardians of We The People your categorically oppose the Lost of the Sea Treaty for the following reasons:

  • LOST accession exceeds the Senateís Constitutional authority, as the Senate may not obligate the United States and its citizens to an international agreement that contravenes our Constitution.
  • LOST seeks to redistribute wealth and technology to irresponsible Third World governments with a history of corruption and squandering foreign aid.
  • LOST seeks such financial transfers even to "peoples who have not attained full independence or other self-governing status." Can anyone spell P-L-O?
  • LOST creates a complicated multinational bureaucracy that would be highly politicized, potentially discriminatory against Americans, and a subsidized competitor.
  • LOST mandates transfer of mining technologies to Third World companies if these Third World competitors are "unable to obtain" desired equipment commercially.
  • LOSTís mining scheme cannot guarantee that seabed mining will ever be commercially viable.
  • LOST contains no transparent system for recognizing mine sites and resolving disputes.
  • LOSTís provisions which could be considered beneficial (provisions regarding the environment, resource management, and rights of transit) reflect what is already customary international law Ė so there is no need to ratify the treaty.
  • LOSTís provision restricting and regulating intelligence and submarine maneuvers would achieve what the Russians (navy rusting in port) and the Chinese (no blue water naval capability) cannot.
  • LOST accession by Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, North Korea, Pakistan, and others has not prevented these countries from making ocean claims deemed excessive by others.
  • LOST does not define the "military activities" exempted from control.
    • Admiral Michael G. Mullen, the vice chief of naval operations, states a LOST tribunal could rule adversely and harm U.S. "operational planning and activities, and our security."
    • Further, Adm. Mullen warned that treaty ratification did not "suggest that countriesí attempts to restrict navigation will cease once the United States becomes a party to the Law of the Sea Convention (Treaty)."
    • Free passage on the seas would be problematic at best if the power of the U.S. Navy was anchored by LOST.
    • International law did not prevent North Korea from seizing the USS Pueblo in 1988, and approval of LOST would offer no real additional protection.

Phone calls and letters are the most effective way to contact your elected representatives.

E-mails and faxes are many times ignored. Members of Congress have been changing their e-mail addresses and fax numbers when we send out alerts. If you prefer, though, you can send an e-mail by going to each memberís website at http://thomas.gov.

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

If you choose to write, and do not know your Senatorsí mailing addresses, you may simply address your letters as follows:

Office of Senator (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

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