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Law of the Sea Treaty vote before Aug. 6--immediate action needed

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  • Scott Darby
    Hi, everyone, The Law of the Sea Treaty is up for a vote this week. This is definitely something to call your Senators about--only the senate is needed to
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 2 10:43 PM
      Hi, everyone,

      The Law of the Sea Treaty is up for a vote this week.
      This is definitely something to call your Senators about--only the senate is needed to ratify the treaty; contact info is at www.senate.gov.
      There is also a legislative tool from JBS below this description, written by the American Policy Center (www.americanpolicy.org) in 2004, and still very much accurate:

      Any day now this nation could find itself part of an international treaty that abolishes freedom on seven-tenths of the world�s surface.
      That�s because the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, a treaty that has remained latent since Bill Clinton�s presidency, has reemerged as a threat to this nation�s sovereignty, thanks in large part to Senate Foreign Relations Chair Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and his fellow committee members. In February, this committee voted unanimously to bring the treaty to the full senate for consideration; Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist, who is responsible for scheduling legislation for votes, has not yet moved on this request.
      With no public outcry in opposition, though, the pressures of support from the Bush Administration, U.S. Navy officials, environmentalists and oil industry executives could result in a vote any day for senate ratification. Once two-thirds of senators approve, America will have yet another U.N. shackle placed about her leg.
      The treaty gives the United Nations control of the sea. It compromises U.S. national security, siphons U.S. corporate and taxpayer dollars for global interests in the form of new levies, stifles U.S. development and gives away hard-earned U.S. technology to even non-friendly nations. This treaty represents the "largest transfer of sovereignty to a U.N. body ever," says Brandon Wales, a senior associate with the Center for Security Policy. "This is unprecedented."
      If ratified, the United States will no longer hold the right to board and search all suspect vessels - a prohibition that will greatly endanger our nation�s security and impede our progress with the war against terrorism. The United States will no longer hold jurisdiction to freely explore the ocean�s beds and waters for oil and precious magnesium without first obtaining permission and receiving quota limitations from the International Sea Bed Authority, a U.N. body. The United States will be required to pay a tax on all ocean discoveries to this same U.N. body, and the United States will also have to share its mining and exploration technology with the likes of China and North Korea � nations that in turn can use this technology against our own military defenses!
      This treaty must be halted before the United Nations is allowed to stretch its powers over 70% of the Earth�s surface and control of the seas!

      The John Birch Society <alert@...> wrote:
      Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 16:55:14 -0500

      The John Birch Society

      You use it, and you love it. Now, we'd like to add several new features, and make it better than ever.
      We're talking about our online "Take Action!" legislative tool!
      How would you like a media guide, giving you the ability to target letter-to-the-editor campaigns to multiple media outlets in your community? Or, how about an easy way to track your representatives' voting records? And, what about an "advocacy Web sticker" you can place on your own website, which will drive traffic to our Take Action! legislative webpage, getting more people involved in the freedom fight?
      Please click here to help with this critically important expansion to the JBS website.
      Thank you for your continued support.
      President Bush urged the Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) on May 15, 2007. This treaty, which was originally rejected by Ronald Reagan in 1982, would place the vast majority of the earth's ocean resources under the control of the International Seabed Authority, a subsidiary of the United Nations.
      There is a possibility that the Senate may vote on the ratification of LOST prior to the August recess, which begins August 6th.
      Click here to take action on this issue.
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