Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

The Law of the Sea Treaty Must Be Rejected

Spring 2004

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) demands that the U.S. Senate not ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty, which had been rejected by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. It must be rejected again. The treaty cannot be amended. Unlike other international treaties, no reservations to it in the interest of protecting American interests can be accepted. It provides for an international tribunal that would have jurisdiction over our legally elected officials. We cannot tolerate yet another situation, such as that we currently have with the World Trade Organization (WTO), in which an international organization is attempting to impose its will on our Congress to change legally enacted U.S. law and to determine how our laws are to be implemented. Most importantly, this Treaty was written more than 20 years ago, before our fight against the War on Terrorism and could severely impede our efforts to pursue this most important of our concerns. Ratification of the Treaty would severely limit the interdiction of possible terrorist threats coming by sea and interfere with our intelligence-gathering capabilities. Mandatory information-sharing provisions of the Treaty could warn our enemies about our knowledge of their activities. The Treaty has been reintroduced by the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Richard Lugar. It is important the he and other members of the Senate be contacted. We must let our senators know that we are against ratification of a Treaty that subjugates U.S. sovereignty to an unelected international body and hampers our pursuit of those who would wish us harm. The Law of the Sea Treaty was rejected once. It is vitally important that it be rejected again.


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