Sunday, June 17, 2012
For three decades, the United States has declined to sign on to a U.N. treaty that would give unprecedented taxing and permitting authority over activity on international waters to a U.N.-created agency.
But the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea has been making its way though committee in the Senate, and a vote could come up before the end of the year. (RELATED: Trent Lott explains support for treaty he once opposed in the Senate)
National security analyst Frank Gaffney warns that signing the treaty would cede a significant portion of American sovereignty to an international body that is not electorally accountable to U.S. citizens.
“Suddenly, there isn’t a part of our society, our economy, our industrial capacity that isn’t going to be at the mercy of people who are completely unaccountable to us,” Gaffney told The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas. “This is a question of sovereignty.”
“It’s a question of America as we have known it, and I believe President Obama is determined to try and jam this through, because he recognizes it will be the perfect complement to the other wrecking operations that he’s been running against the rest of our country,” he continued.
The treaty has support from companies like Shell Oil, business groups like the American Petroleum Institute and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and elected and appointed officials like President Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Gaffney, president of the Council for Security Policy, is urging interested parties to read the treaty instead of taking other people’s word that it benefits the U.S.
“What’s in this treaty is actually not in the interest of the oil and gas industry,” he said. “What will flow from this treaty … is not going to be in the interest of the United States Navy or the military, more generally. And more to the point, it’s not going to be in the interest of the American people.”