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Friday, August 24, 2012

Common Sense About the Law of the Sea Treaty

The Law of the Sea Treaty is still kicking around the U.S. Senate, and the globalists are trying hard to round up the votes to ratify it. You've heard me talk about this treaty's dangers and defects before, but I want to share with you a new and excellent article by Admiral James A. Lyons, who was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations. He says it would be a terrible mistake for the United States, the premier maritime power in the world, to submit our freedom of navigation rights, as well as issues dealing with our sovereignty, to a United Nations International Seabed Authority based in Jamaica. He says that the argument that we must have a "seat at the table" in order to secure the U.S. Navy's freedom of navigation, including the right of innocent passage, is nonsense. In addition, the Law of the Sea Treaty has provisions that could seriously interfere with legitimate naval operations by allowing other nations to use the treaty's dispute-resolution provisions. This could interfere with our training exercises and intelligence gathering, and could be very hurtful to our anti-submarine warfare operations.

The U.S. Navy has successfully protected America's maritime interests for the past 200 years, including the past 30 years after the Law of the Sea Treaty was proposed in 1982, which we never joined. The claim that our right to freedom of the seas will be damaged unless we join the treaty is simply false. Joining this treaty would give us one vote out of 41 with no veto authority and no right of appeal. Our best course of action is to protect our national interests and remain the number-one naval power in the world. Thank you Admiral James Lyons for stating so clearly that the Law of the Sea Treaty is still just as dangerous as when Ronald Reagan rejected it back in 1981.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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