Ken Blackwell

If this is the UN’s idea of human rights, can we imagine what a Law of the Sea Tribunal would look like? Perhaps we could persuade Johnny Depp to do a star turn with his fellow “Pirates of the Caribbean” as judges of the sea. That would be a tribunal less hostile to justice than anything we’d see in a UN nominated and elected maritime court.

Second, we need to scrap any “discovery” provisions in legal proceedings under LOST. These can be used by those who wage “lawfare” against the United States and its NATO allies to uncover sensitive national security documents. WikiLeaks hemorrhages are bad enough. We don’t need to empower the global ACLUers to undermine Americans’ national security.

Third, we need to scotch any attempt to tax Americans for the support of a UN-created International Seabed Authority. This one needs a stake through its heart. It’s bad enough that the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been headed for a decade by such high-taxers as Joe Biden (D-Del.), Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.). We should not let them bootstrap another taxing authority onto Americans via the backdoor of an international treaty. If this is not the camel’s nose under the American tent, it is surely the international octopus’s tentacle into the Yankee boat.

Just as we need resist shariah creeping into American courts, we should resist a so-called Law of the Sea Treaty being rushed through in another lame-duck Senate this year. For a generation, the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) was the eagle who watched over American sovereignty. Jesse would keep the Senate in session into the wee hours of Christmas morning if he had to in order to protect our independence. It was Helms who once said: “I have no argument with the State Department; I just wish they’d open up an American desk.” Sen. Helms is gone. Now, America’s independence and sovereignty must be watched over by each one of us.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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