08/31/11

Media Prepare Russian Treaty Trap for the U.S.

By: Cliff Kincaid
Gulag Bound

Arctic Sea Ice Extents

“In a multinational race to seize the potential riches of the formerly icebound Arctic, being laid bare by global warming, Russia is the early favorite.” So says the Christian Science Monitor. “At stake is an estimated one-quarter of all the world’s untapped hydrocarbon reserves, abundant fisheries, and a freshly opened route that will cut nearly a third off the shipping time from Asia to Europe.”

What the paper neglected to note is that the U.S. has exclusive rights to this region because Americans were the first to the North Pole. There is no Russian advantage, despite their planting a flag there in 2007. There is also a dispute, of course, whether the “warming” is man-made or not.

“Within the next year,” the paper went on, “the Kremlin is expected to make its claim to the United Nations in a bold move to annex about 380,000 square miles of the internationally owned Arctic to Russian control.”

In fact, the Arctic is not “internationally owned” and the U.N. has no jurisdiction over the area unless and until the U.S. gives up its rights by ratifying the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty.

As we have pointed out in the past, “American explorers staked an American claim to the North Pole in the early 1900s and U.S. nuclear submarines traveled below the Pole and broke the ice in the 1950s. Russian claims [to the region] are fraudulent and should be seen and rejected as such.”

What makes this relevant and newsworthy is President Obama’s push for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would indeed put the region under the jurisdiction of global bureaucrats.

Does it look like an Owl's eye? Eye of Sauron? It is a potential flag for the proposed "United Nations Parliamentary Assembly;" more on that to come in another article in Gulag Bound

The Russians tried the same gambit under President Bush, who also pushed the treaty, and we warned at the time that the Russians “are hoping to reap a financial windfall amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of oil revenue. With State Department support, the U.N. will take its cut, and the U.S. will end up being even more dependent on Russia and other foreign sources of oil. The entire scenario, however, can be disrupted by the American people objecting to this scheme and convincing the Senate to reject UNCLOS [the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea]. They will have to remind their Senators that Reagan, who was right on the Panama Canal Treaty, was also opposed to UNCLOS.”

As a result of grass-roots pressure, the treaty was never brought up for a full Senate vote. Conservative opponents sought 34 votes to stop it (a treaty requires 67 votes for passage).

As long as the U.S. remains a non-party to the treaty, our rights are enforceable by the U.S. Navy. But once ratification takes place, we are at the mercy of foreign interests, including Russia and China, as well as international lawyers and bureaucrats.

Today, the U.S. Navy fleet consists of 284 ships, down from a high close to 600 under Reagan.

The Journal of International Security Affairs has more bad news for the U.S. An article by Gal Luft notes, “Despite the significant geopolitical and geo-economic interests the United States has in the Arctic, Washington has treated the region with insufficient resources and even less policy attention. Russia, meanwhile, is pursuing a path of aggressiveness and unilateralism. The number of icebreakers essential for safe navigation in the Arctic is one measure of American neglect of the region. The United States has only two, compared to Russia’s fleet of twenty-nine, seven of which are nuclear.”

With Obama and Panetta preparing major cuts in national defense, it will be up to Congress to make the case for funding new icebreakers for the U.S.

UNCLOS

UNCLOS logo

The 202-page UNCLOS treaty document was described by the late leftist Senator Alan Cranston as “the most far-reaching and comprehensive system created thus far by the global community.” UNCLOS mandates a global tax on corporations which exploit ocean resources, an International Seabed Authority to collect the revenue, and an International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea to govern ocean affairs.

Harvard law professor and international lawyer Louis B. Sohn, who himself advocated world government, was a key author of UNCLOS. He offered a detailed proposal to transform the United Nations into a world government in his book, World Peace Through World Law. He declared that he wanted this world government to maintain hundreds of thousands of troops, military bases and be armed with nuclear weapons. The purpose, he said, would be to disarm “each and every nation and to deter or suppress any attempted international violence.”

This “world authority” would also require a “United Nations Revenue System,” drawing taxes from “each nation” of the world, he said. UNCLOS was a step in his scheme.

Nevertheless, both Alaska senators, Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Lisa Murkowski, support its passage. Begich recently held a hearing, “Defending U.S. Economic Interests in the Changing Arctic: Is There a Strategy?,” which became a vehicle for promoting acceptance and ratification of the treaty.

Begich and Murkowski had previously appeared at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting, “Adapting to Climate Change in the Arctic – Coordinating a Federal, State and Private Sector Response,” where Murkowski talked about “the necessity for ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.”

At the same time, Murkowski said that that while she had pushed for funding to “refurbish” the Polar Star and Polar Sea icebreakers, the Coast Guard was merely studying “whether or not we need to rebuild or replace these polar class fleets” and she wondered whether the Obama Administration regards new icebreakers as a national priority.

“You cannot be an Arctic nation and not have sufficient assets when it comes to icebreakers. So we’re certainly going to do all we can to advocate that position,” she said.

The Christian Science Monitor piece is an indication that the media support the “treaty trap” option favoring the Russians and not the building of any new icebreakers to counter the Russian advantage. “Among other things,” the publication noted, “Moscow plans to build at least six more icebreakers and spend $33 billion to construct a year-round port on the Arctic shores.”

By contrast, it said, “The US, which has not signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, under which any territorial divisions would be made, is also beefing up its regional military might.” It did not define “regional military might” or the nature of the existing Russian advantage.


Cliff Kincaid is Accuracy in Media’s Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and may be contacted at [email protected]  Mr. Kincaid also administrates the site, America’s Survival, where he further documents the warfare brought upon our nation by the powerful and subversive Marxist/globalist axis.

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08/31/11

Tea Party Express Rolls Into Iowa Today!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2011
CONTACT: Levi Russell at [email protected], or (509) 979-6615

TEA PARTY EXPRESS LAUNCHES 4-CITY CAMPAIGN THROUGHOUT IOWA
Rallies Today In Sioux City & Des Moines, where Michele Bachmann Will Headline

The Tea Party Express (www.TeaPartyExpress.org), is rolling into Iowa to hold four tea party rallies Wednesday and Thursday. It was previously announced that presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who has attended rallies on previous Tea Party Express tours, will speak at the event in Des Moines, IA on Wednesday at 5:00PM.

The full tour schedule is available here.

The tea party rallies have been described as a “rolling 4th of July show”, and will feature Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer, Nevada Republican Senate Nominee Sharron Angle, Comedian and TV star Jim Labriola, radio host Andrea Shea King, Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee, FreedomWorks representative Tabitha Hale, and Patriot Action Network New Media Director Eric Odom.

The audience will be treated to musical performances by singer/songwriter Lloyd Marcus, The Rivoli Revue, soloist Diana Nagy, and even conservative rapper Polatik.

Rallies Wednesday, 8/31:

Sioux City: 11:30AM – 1PM
Riverside Park
1201 Riverside Blvd
Sioux City, IA 51109

Des Moines: 5PM – 6:30PM, featuring Michele Bachmann
Des Moines Water Works
2201 George Flagg Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50321

Rallies on Thursday 9/1:

Cedar Rapids: 12PM – 1:30PM
Green Park
400 4th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52401

Davenport: 5PM – 6:30PM
Leach Park
100 12th Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722

The Tea Party Express launched their “Reclaiming America” national tour last weekend in California, and is rolling across the country holding conservative rallies in 30 cities. The grand finale is the Tea Party Debate hosted by CNN and Tea Party Express on September 12th, where all top-tier candidates have confirmed their attendance.

With a focus on the race for the White House, the grassroots group has offered an open invitation to candidates wishing to attend tea party rallies and ask for the support of the highly engaged tea party activists.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Levi Russell at 509-979-6615 or [email protected]

08/31/11

We’re in Nebraska – Taking on Bad Ben!

Watch out Senator Ben Nelson – the Tea Party Express is in your state and has committed to making sure you get defeated in 2012!

We have always worked hard to remove the worst offenders in Congress – those who irresponsibly push big government tax and spend policies that cripple private enterprise and hurt job growth.
Democrat Senator Nelson is the epitome of what’s wrong with Washington. He was the one who made a slimy deal with Harry Reid called the “Cornhusker Kickback” – a 100 million dollar payoff for the state that would come straight out of taxpayer’s pockets. In exchange, Nelson cast the decisive 60th vote for ObamaCare, shoving that awful bill down all of our throats and saddling the country with billions of dollars in new debt. Senator Ben Nelson is a prime example of the type of politician that needs to go!

That’s why the Tea Party Express is in Nebraska TODAY, holding tea party rallies in Lincoln and Omaha to make sure we boot this bum out of office! For our full tour schedule, just click here for details.

There is a great candidate for Senator named Jon Bruning, the current Attorney General who has already filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government for forcing ObamaCare on the people of Nebraska. Jon Bruning is a smart fiscal conservative who listens to “We the People,” and he CAN WIN with your support!

Please help us to defeat crooked politicians like Senator Nelson and send principled conservatives like Jon Bruning to Washington. Our message to these politicians is this: You Failed, So You’re Fired.

The Tea Party Express is taking a stand in Nebraska, and working to take back this Senate seat from a big-government liberal. You can support our campaign to “Defeat Ben Nelson” by making the best contribution you can – CLICK HERE to CONTRIBUTE. We still need 325 people to contribute $100 or more just to pay for one of the buses and gas on our national tour. You can contribute as little as $5 up to the maximum allowed $5,000 contribution.

If you prefer, you can also mail a contribution to our national headquarters at this address:

Tea Party Express
8795 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95826-3720

08/31/11

Sarah Palin Will Join Tea Party Express Tour!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2011
CONTACT: Levi Russell at [email protected], or (509) 979-6615

SARAH PALIN SET TO ATTEND TEA PARTY EXPRESS RALLY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Tea Party Express – www.TeaPartyExpress.org – is excited to announce that Governor Sarah Palin will once again be a part of the Tea Party Express national tour! Governor Palin has confirmed she will attend the Tea Party Express rally in Manchester, NH on Monday, where she will give brief remarks.

Chairman Amy Kremer said, “We are always thrilled to have Sarah Palin join one of our rallies. She is an electrifying figure in conservative politics and a hero to the tea party movement. We’ve been fortunate to have her at five of our past tea party rallies, including two of our biggest tour kickoffs. Governor Palin is a true tea party champion and knows she has an open invitation anytime!”
The Tea Party Express is in the midst of a 30-city tour themed “Reclaiming America,” which culminates in Tampa, FL for the Tea Party Presidential Debate hosted by CNN and Tea Party Express. The event in Manchester takes place on Monday, September 5th from 12pm-1:30pm, at the Veterans Square Park. More information can be found HERE.

Other high-profile figures who have confirmed attendance at various stops along the Tea Party Express route include presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Buddy Roemer, and Thaddeus McCotter.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Levi Russell at 509-979-6615 or [email protected]

08/31/11

Palin tops parade of presidential candidates with TPX V

By: Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot

Michele Bachmann joins us today for our rally in Des Moines. It will be nice to see her again. Bachmann was with us last spring when we rallied in Minnesota.

We learned at dinner last night that Sarah Palin will be joining us in New Hampshire later in the tour. This will mark the 6th or 7th time she’s joined up with us throughout our last three rallies.

Because the Interstate is under water, we will have to detour about 40 miles out of the way this morning as we head to our first rally of the day in Sioux City, IA at 11:30AM.

Later we’ll be in Des Moines, IA at 5:00PM, and if you’re in the area, please come out and be with us for a little while and meet Congresswoman Bachmann. We’d sure love to meet you!

Here are the presidential candidates who will be joining us in the days ahead:

Michele Bachmann
Des Moines, IA

Thaddeus McCotter
Milford, MI

Mitt Romney
Concord, NH

Sarah Palin
Manchester, NH

Buddy Roemer
Concord, NH
Manchester, NH
Nashua, NH
Greenville, SC
Columbia, SC
Jacksonville, FL

Gary Johnson
Manchester, NH
Nashua, NH
Portland, ME

Herman Cain
Greenville, SC

Rick Perry
No confirmation.

Rick Santorum
No confirmation.

John Huntsman
No confirmation.

Ron Paul
No reply to any email ever.

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Politico had something to say about Palin’s decision to join our rally:

Sarah Palin will indeed head to New Hampshire, appearing at a Tea Party Express event in Manchester on Monday, the group announced tonight.She will give “brief remarks,” according to a statement.

As it happens, that was several hours after it was revealed that Mitt Romney will attend a Tea Party Express event in Rollins Park, N.H. this weekend.It’s the second time Palin has been announced for a Granite State event after Romney’s plans in the state were made public, the first coming during his announcement event in June.

08/31/11

Calling Ron Paul. Repeatedly.

By: Andrea Shea King
The Radio Patriot

Ron Paul, presidential candidate

As we move into the battleground states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, several presidential candidates will be joining the Tea party Express as we wind our way across the country on our “Reclaiming America Presidential Tour”.

Michele Bachmann will join us in Des Moines, Iowa tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 31st) at the State Capitol for a 5 pm rally.

Other presidential candidates scheduled to join us at various stops along the way to our final destination in Tampa: Thaddeus McCotter, Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson. More names will be announced as details and arrangements are finalized.

The Tea Party Express would be delighted to include presidential candidate Ron Paul, who has been invited several times over the past three weeks. According to TPX Chairman Amy Kremer, “He has an open invitation, and we look forward to having him join us.”

Eric Odom has posted about the real story behind the Tea Party Movement.

Is the Movement a Conspiracy?

Fellow Patriots,

Andrew Breitbart’s “BigJournalism.com” today published a column blasting two media hacks responsible for years of inaccurate narrative on the tea party movement. The column explains how two columnists completely fabricated a story about the movement, claiming it was all a fake-grassroots PR campaign.

Today we published a post that looks at the timeline of the movement and counters the original hit piece. You can read it all and leave comments here!

It’s important to understand how/where the “astro-turf” narrative came from in order to properly counter it with accurate information. Make sure you read the post and understand how it all really got started.

08/31/11

Who Are the Libyan Rebels – Really?

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

From The Telegraph:

Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi

Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited “around 25” men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are “today are on the front lines in Adjabiya”.

Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”.

His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad’s president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, “including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries”.

Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against “the foreign invasion” in Afghanistan, before being “captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan”. He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.

US and British government sources said Mr al-Hasidi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which killed dozens of Libyan troops in guerrilla attacks around Derna and Benghazi in 1995 and 1996.

Even though the LIFG is not part of the al-Qaeda organisation, the United States military’s West Point academy has said the two share an “increasingly co-operative relationship“. In 2007, documents captured by allied forces from the town of Sinjar, showed LIFG members made up the second-largest cohort of foreign fighters in Iraq, after Saudi Arabia.

Earlier this month, al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of “the stage of Islam” in the country.

British Islamists have also backed the rebellion, with the former head of the banned al-Muhajiroun proclaiming that the call for “Islam, the Shariah and jihad from Libya” had “shaken the enemies of Islam and the Muslims more than the tsunami that Allah sent against their friends, the Japanese”.

So these are the “freedom fighters” and “democratic forces’ President Barack Obama bypassed Congress in order to help?