OBAMA QUIETLY SEEKING TO CEDE U.S. OCEANS TO U.N. LAW / Shock recommendation buried in White House report (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein 04/20/12)
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President Obama’s ambitious plan for stepped up government regulation
of the oceans includes an unreported effort to cede U.S. oceans to
United Nations-based international law, WND has learned.
The plan was previously a pet project of Secretary of Defense Leon
Panetta, whose ocean-zoning scheme was partnered with a globalist
group that also aimed to hand over U.S. oceans to U.N. governance.
Obama’s plan is still in draft form. It calls for an executive order
to be issued for a National Ocean Policy that will determine how the
ecosystem is managed while giving the federal government more
regulatory authority over any businesses that utilize the ocean.
The executive order is to be based on the recommendations of Obama’s
Interagency Ocean Policy Taskforce, created in 2010 also by executive
The agency is tasked with recommending specific actions for a
presidential plan to achieve the vision of “an America whose
stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes
are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and
treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security
of present and future generations.”
The Taskforce’s final recommendations, based in part on the supposed
effects of “global warming, were released in a 78-page paper reviewed
The entire third section of the report recommends that the U.S. join
the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Convention.
The convention defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in
their use of the world’s oceans, establishing guidelines for
businesses, the environment and the management of marine natural
States the report:
The Task Force strongly and unanimously supports United States
accession to the Convention on the Law of the Sea and ratification of
its 1994 Implementing Agreement. The Law of the Sea Convention is the
bedrock legal instrument governing activities on, over and under the
United States accession to the Convention will further our national
security, environmental, economic, and diplomatic interests.
The report lists key reasons for compliance with the law, including:
-The Convention has garnered the unequivocal support of our national
security leadership under both Republican and Democratic
administrations, because, among other things, it codifies essential
navigational rights and freedoms upon which our Armed Forces rely.
-The Convention sets forth the rights and responsibilities of nations
to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment
and to protect and preserve resources off their shores.
-By becoming a party to the Convention, U.S. legal rights to our
extended continental shelf can be put on the strongest legal
-As a party to the Law of the Sea Convention, the United States would
have the ability to participate formally and more effectively in the
interpretation and development of the Convention.
-Joining the Law of the Sea Convention would reaffirm and enhance
United States leadership in global ocean affairs.
While the White House claims its ocean plans are not meant to zone
the seas, a major conclusion of the Taskforce was to “establish a
framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP)
that establishes a comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem-based
approach to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict,
and sustainable use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.”
Panetta’s ocean scheme
Much of the Taskforce’s recommendations were previously called for by
a group headed by Panetta until his appointment as CIA director in
2009. Panetta became defense secretary in July 2011.
Until his CIA appointment in 2009, Panetta co-chaired the Joint Ocean
Commission Initiative, which is the partner of Citizens for Global
Solutions in a push to ratify U.S. laws and regulations governing the
The oceans initiative bills itself as a bipartisan, collaborative
group that aims to “accelerate the pace of change that results in
meaningful ocean policy reform.”
Among its main recommendations is that the U.S. should put its oceans
up for regulation to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Other recommendations of Panetta’s Joint Ocean Commission Initiative,
which mirror Obama’s taskforce recommendations, include:
-The administration and Congress should establish a national ocean
policy. The administration and Congress should support regional,
ecosystem-based approaches to the management of ocean, coastal and
-Congress should strengthen and reauthorize the Coastal Zone
-Congress should strengthen the Clean Water Act.
The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council includes
John Podesta, president and CEO of the Soros-funded Center for
American Progress, which is reportedly highly influential in advising
the White House on policy.
Podesta served as co-chairman of Obama’s presidential transition team.
Panetta’s oceans initiative is a key partner of Citizens for Global
Solutions, or CGS, which, according to its literature, envisions
a “future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our
rights and freedoms and solve the problems facing humanity that no
nation can solve alone.”
CGS states it works to “build the political will in the United
States” to achieve this global vision.
The organization currently works on issues that fall into five
general areas: U.S. global engagement; global health and environment;
peace and security; international law and justice; and international
CGS is a member organization and supporter of the World Federalist
Movement, which openly seeks a one-world government. The World
Federalist Movement considers the CGS to be its U.S. branch.
The movement brings together organizations and individuals that
support the establishment of a global federal system of strengthened
and democratized global institutions with plenary constitutional
power accountable to the citizens of the world and a division of
international authority among separate global agencies.
The movement’s headquarters are located near the U.N. building in New
York City. A second office is near the International Criminal Court
in The Hague, Netherlands.
The locations are significant, since the movement heavily promotes
the U.N. and is the coordinator of various international projects,
such as the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the
Responsibility to Protect military doctrine. That doctrine formed the
basis of Obama’s justification last year to launch NATO airstrikes in
Libya. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 04/20/12)
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