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By Cliff Kincaid

September 26, 2007

My group, America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI), will be holding a news conference in Washington, D.C. on September 26 to oppose the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty. We have assembled a massive coalition to oppose the pact. You can have a look at our new TV/Internet ad about the treaty on our home page at Click on the headline about the ad and please send it to your friends and associates.

Our message: The U.N.’s law of the Sea Treaty is the biggest giveaway of American sovereignty and resources since the Panama Canal Treaty. It lays the groundwork for another U.N. corruption scandal worse than oil-for-food. This is what you need to tell your Senators.

Our new report shows:

  • How the treaty creates three new U.N. bureaucracies.
  • How the treaty sets up a scheme to facilitate bribes and payoffs to U.N. officials and employees with revenue derived from a global tax on America.
  • How China stands to benefit from U.S. Senate ratification of the pact.
  • How a U.N. Commission created by the treaty could hand over North Pole riches to Russia.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader who is on the fence, may be the key. He may hold the fate of the Law of the Sea Treaty in his hands. He can be reached at: (202) 224-2541.

A pro-treaty hearing is scheduled on Thursday. There is another hearing a week later and then a full Senate vote could happen quickly. That hearing, too, will be stacked. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Joe Biden has denied us the opportunity to testify. This is an absolute outrage but it demonstrates their desperation.

However, we are running out of time.

We have posted several new reports, also available on our home page One has a list of questions that your Senators need to answer. They include:

  • If the treaty is so good, why is the U.S. attaching 24 declarations and understandings to it?
  • These declarations and understandings will give rise to legal disputes with other nations, including China. What happens then?
  • China says foreign ships and planes have to obtain permission before entering its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone under the treaty. The U.S. disagrees. How will the treaty resolve this?
  • If the U.S. ratifies the treaty and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf rules that Arctic riches belong to Russia, what does the U.S. do then?
  • Where are the ethical guidelines and bodies to make sure that application “fees” provided to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) are not stolen?
  • Who or what monitors ISA bureaucrats and employees to make sure bribes are not paid to them?
  • Is there any limit on the amount of “fees” that can be charged?
  • How much will these “fees” ultimately cost the American people?
  • Why is there no provision for oversight of and financial disclosure by ISA bureaucrats?
  • Why did the budget of the ISA double in just three years?
  • Why did it take 6 years for the ISA to issue contracts for mineral exploration?
  • Why hasn’t the ISA yet issued regulations on exploring for oil and gas?
  • Article 82 of the treaty provides for the U.S. and other coastal states to make payments to the ISA for Third World countries. How much will this cost us?
  • The ISA and International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea have formal relationship agreements with the U.N. What is the exact nature of this relationship?
  • How much will the ISA cost the U.S. in “assessed” contributions?
  • Why are so many members of the ISA not paying their “dues” to the organization?


Just like King George’s foreign tax plan, which sparked the American revolution, the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty is a massive taxpayer rip-off that undermines our ability to govern ourselves. In short, it destroys U.S. sovereignty.

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Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues.

Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.

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The U.N.’s law of the Sea Treaty is the biggest giveaway of American sovereignty and resources since the Panama Canal Treaty.