Tuesday, April 29, 2008

How Deep Does the UNCLOS Run Among the US Political Parties and Their Leadership??

Congress must hold open and transparent public hearings on ratification of the UN Law of the Sea Convention before the Senate gives its advice and consent. It must educate Americans about how the expansive UNCLOS/LOST regime, as it will likely be implemented by the United States government, the United Nations and foreign governments, especially those in Europe, would directly and indirectly affect their pocketbooks, their rights and their daily lives.

The commentary, the harsh responsive letters to the editor, the author's rebuttal to them and a citizens' support of the author's commentary are set forth below for discerning readers to review.




Article published Aug 8, 2007

LOST and found

By Lawrence Kogan

August 8, 2007

The Law of the Sea Treaty, a k a "LOST," the leviathan of all U.N. regulatory and environmental treaties, has again reared its ugly head, despite having been "deep-sixed" years ago by the Reagan administration.

A legacy-oriented White House is now shepherding it through a Congress whose majority enthusiastically embraces collectivist European-style environmental activism and multilateral
treaty-making — at the expense of constitutionally-protected individualism and property rights.

Is the White House merely ill-informed, or has it intentionally chosen to ignore the lessons of history? Does it not recall the past decade of highly contentious trade disputes between the United States and an environmentally-obsessed and protectionist European Union, which operates on what is known as the "precautionary principle" — "I fear, therefore I shall ban."

Does the Bush administration not realize that treaty proponents now seek to have this controversial political philosophy read into the LOST as an irrefutable international legal standard, so the United States will be compelled to adopt it as domestic law too?...




The Commentary entitled “LOST and found” which appeared in the August 8, 2007 issue of the Washington Times generated rebuttals from two ‘knowledgeable’ individuals: one, a former Judge ad hoc of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (‘ITLOS’), and the other, a
former U.S. delegate to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) a/k/a The Law of the Sea Treaty (‘LOST’).

Article published Aug 10, 2007

Letters to the editor

August 10, 2007

...LOST at sea

I write in response to Lawrence Kogan's rant about the Law of the Sea Treaty ("LOST and found," Commentary, Wednesday)...

Lawrence Kogan cited me as his former law professor in his column "LOST and




Printed Below is L.Kogan’s Response to the Two Rebuttals of his ‘LOST’ and found Washington Times Commentary (Aug. 8, 2007).

Article published Aug 11, 2007

Letters to the editor

August 11, 2007

Vetting LOST

I am pleased that both a former U.S. delegate to the Law of the Sea Treaty and a former Judge ad hoc of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea have come forward ("LOST at sea," Letters, yesterday) in response to my Wednesday Commentary "LOST and found," which, due to limited space, suffered the fate of many severely edited articles...



Article published Aug 15, 2007

Letters to the editor

August 15, 2007

Disappointed in Bush

Thanks to Lawrence Kogan for standing on the wall to watch against globalists and their never-ending efforts to steal away our sovereignty and rights in his column "LOST and found" (Commentary, Aug. 8).

As a Republican who voted for President Bush, I am truly disappointed that he has turned out to be a globalist first and an American second. He is pushing on every front to empower global capitalists in their desire for cheap labor and resources, less regulation, and maximum power and wealth. I see the current immigration debacle and the Law of the Sea Treaty initiatives as symptoms of the same illness that ultimately could be terminal to our nation. Although I support the war on terror and our troops' valiant accomplishments, I sadly believe the president's motivation was not so much to protect America, the nation, as to protect the global economy and capitalists who have vested interests in the demise of nationalism.