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====== FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ======

America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
http://www.AmericaFirstParty.org

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Sink the Law of the Seas Treaty

Boulder, CO -- The America First Party calls upon all members of the United States Senate to reject ratification of the Law of the Seas Treaty. This treaty is an unconscionable surrender of national sovereignty, allowing United Nations control over the territorial waters of the United States and giving almost complete control of the seas to the United Nations.

National Chairman Dan Charles stated, "Those who endorse this treaty, like Senator Lugar (R-IN), are endorsing a globalist agenda that will restrict American rights in the oceans, discourage productivity in seabed mining, and increase costs to the citizens of the United States. The Law of the Seas Treaty would put control of fishing, navigation, pollution, mining and research directly into the clutches of the corrupt and anti-American United Nations."

In 1982, President Reagan refused to sign the treaty. It languished for a dozen years until President Clinton signed it 1994. After lying dormant for another decade, its Democrat and Republican sponsors stealthily revived it. They seek to have it adopted without a full public debate or an accountable vote.

National Press Secretary Romelle Winters added, "The treaty declares that all minerals and other resources on or under the ocean will belong to the world -- even those within our nation's territorial waters. It is disgusting that so-called conservative Republicans are promoting this globalist agreement that is designed to take our economic capabilities and give them to countries that cannot develop the natural resources they have within their own borders. It is nothing more than redistribution of the wealth the citizens of the United States have worked so hard to gain. It is pure and simple communism -- take away from the productive and give to the unproductive."

Mr. Charles concluded, "The acronym of the Law of the Seas Treaty is 'L.O.S.T.'. If it is approved, our nation will have L.O.S.T. the right to take advantage of our own resources in the ocean. We will have L.O.S.T. our options for long-term energy independence, and to keep our beaches free of pollution. We will have L.O.S.T. our ability to manage our water, fish and sea farming resources. We will have L.O.S.T. the right to use mineral and other sea based resources to defend our nation. Indeed, we will have L.O.S.T. the ability to control much of our nation's borders, should we finally choose to do so. The L.O.S.T. should be disposed of like toxic waste: safely, securely, and permanently. We call upon all citizens to contact their senators and tell them to vote against this treaty at every opportunity."

Contacts:
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2

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