Remember a little thing called the Boston Tea Party, leading up to the Revolutionary War? It happened because Americans have never taken kindly to taxation without representation -- or to having our sovereignty stolen by foreign powers.
Well, the United Nations is at it again -- and this time, they may actually succeed in imposing TAXES directly on the American people!
This outrageous treaty must NOT be ratified!
U.S. adherence to this treaty would entail history's biggest and most unwarranted voluntary transfer of wealth AND surrender of sovereignty. LOST, which was a product of the Left/Soviet/non-aligned movement agenda of the 1960s and 1970s, created the International Seabed Authority (ISA). ISA is a new supranational organization with unprecedented powers:
The power to regulate seven-tenths of the world's surface area;
The power to levy international taxes;
The power to impose production quotas (for deep-sea mining, oil production, etc.);
The power to regulate ocean research and exploration;
The power to create a multinational court system to render and enforce its judgments!
LOST was drafted BEFORE -- and without regard to -- the War on Terror, and what the United States must to to wage that war successfully. As a result, U.S. national security interests will be severely undermined by several of the Treaty's provisions:
The sorts of at-sea interdiction efforts central to President Bush's new "Proliferation Security Initiative" (PSI) would be prohibited. Communist China has already been citing the Treaty to object to PSI maritime interdiction and boarding of vessels suspected of weapons of mass destruction or terrorism ties;
The treaty effectively prohibits two functions vital to American security: intelligence-collection in, and submerged transit of, territorial waters;
Mandatory information-sharing will afford U.S. enemies data that could be used to facilitate attacks on this country (for example, detailed imagery of underwater access routes and off-shore hiding places);
Obligatory technology transfers will equip actual or potential adversaries with sensitive and militarily useful equipment and know-how (such as anti-submarine warfare technology).
The Treaty fails to address, let alone offer solutions to, the most dangerous flashpoints for military conflict facing the world. In fact, Communist China is using its own "unique" interpretation of this Treaty to justify its assertion of control over the strategic South China Sea!
LOST is a prime example of the way left-wing Democrats would like the world to be ordered and run. It is NOT consistent with conservative Republican governing principles and values -- or, more importantly, this country's VITAL INTERESTS.
President Reagan first REJECTED the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) in 1982. The U.S. Senate is now being asked to consent to ratification of exactly the same treaty Mr. Reagan found unacceptable!
LOST was a bad idea then; it is an INTOLERABLE one now. The Senate must NOT allow it to become binding on the United States.
Patriotic Americans across the country need to take action IMMEDIATELY. The Senate leadership must be warned that quick action on LOST will further alienate a conservative base that is ALREADY upset about recent GOP immigration and spending policy errors.
Progress on President Bush's priority agenda items (social security, tax reduction, spending restraint, etc.) will be in danger of failing if the Republicans become bitterly divided over a non-essential issue like LOST. Republican Senators must be contacted IMMEDIATELY and urged to oppose LOST -- or at least not to commit to its ratification until hearings have been held to lay out the case for rejecting this anti-American treaty.
Here's a old News Report
of the last time it tried to get passed.