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U.N. REACHES FOR NATIONAL PARKS

    In its many pincered attack against national sovereignty, the U.N. has designated certain tracts of land around the world as World Heritage Sites. So far there are twenty of these sites in the United States.

    In 1972 the U.S. State Department signed the World Heritage Convention, which was declared law in 1975 by President Gerald Ford. The treaty established "an effective system of collective protection for cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal significance." All of the 146 nations that signed on to the treaty agreed that it is the duty of the international community to protect World Heritage Sites.

    The World Heritage Committee was formed to implement the treaty under the direction of UNESCO, the United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Environmental groups and the Clinton administration have used the 24-year old treaty to bypass Congressional resistance to environmental legislation.

    In 1978 Yellowstone National Park was designated as the nation's first World Heritage Site. Since then the U.N. has made its influence known inside and outside the park.

    "It started in 1995, when fourteen private conservation groups in the U.S. used the treaty to petition the World Heritage Committee to list Yellowstone as a World Heritage Site in Danger. They based their concerns on possible threats to the park's ecology and the inadequacy of U.S. laws to protect it.

    "The listing as a site 'in danger,' allows the World Heritage Committee to work in cooperation with the U.S. to develop corrective measures and take the park out of 'danger'." Coeur d'Alene Press August 11,1996.

    Under the terms of the treaty, a "World Heritage Site in Danger" requires a buffer zone be established around the perimeter of the site. One of the "corrective measures" recommended by the World Heritage delegation that visited Yellowstone was a 12 million acre buffer zone around the park. This sparked a widespread outcry, especially from land owners that would be displaced. The delegation publicly backed away from the buffer zone proposal. However, the U.N. officially listed Yellowstone as a World Heritage Site in Danger in December,1995 at a meeting in Berlin, Germany. What is still uncertain is what will happen with the buffer zone that is required by the treaty.

    What is clear is the determined campaign to place U.S. resources such as the national parks under international control. In the August 11 article in the Coeur d' Alene Press, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who is chairman of the House Committee on Resources, was quoted as saying, "This is part of a plot for centralization, and, in fact, global-type control.... There are people who say as population increases, the only way to keep anarchy from occurring is through centralized control by government. In this case, world government."

    Over 60 percent of Alaska's land has been locked up either by National Park or World Heritage Site designation. During the past couple of years major newspapers have run feature articles describing the deterioration of our national parks. Mounting visitor counts and a crumbling park infrastructure have combined to create a crisis situation. Budget cutbacks have exacerbated the problem. The U.S. does not seem to be in a position to refuse outside help.

    Bob Ekey, spokesman for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, was quoted by the Coeur d'Alene Press as saying, "We thought it was important to ask this body to come in and use its expertise to do an audit of this park," as though the National Park Service lacks expertise.

    The U.N. is not lacking in invitations from U.S. groups seeking special U.N. designation. Along with environmental groups there are National Park Service employees lobbying the U.N. for its blessing, hoping international recognition will prompt Congress to increase funding for recognized parks.

    John Foster Dulles, a leading proponent of world government, said in a speech before the American Bar Association in 1952, "Treaties make international law and they also make domestic law. Under our Constitution, treaties become the supreme law of the land. They are, indeed, more supreme than ordinary laws for the congressional laws are invalid if they do not conform to the Constitution, whereas treaty law can override the Constitution. Treaties, for example, can take powers away from the Congress and give them to the President; they can take powers away from the States and give them to the Federal Government or to some international body, and they can cut across the rights given the people by their constitutional Bill of Rights."

    The internationalists are using the World Heritage Convention, as well as other treaties, to circumvent the U.S. Congress and the Constitution. It is the U.N.'s goal to assume a stewardship role over America's resources. The aforementioned treaty was a significant step in that direction and there are other treaties waiting for ratification that will give teeth to the World Heritage Convention.

    CFR member and Trilateralist Richard Gardner was appointed by President Carter as Ambassador to Italy after he wrote his infamous article, "The Hard Road to World Order" in the CFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS. In that article he stated, "The 'house of world order' will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down..., but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault."

    Piecemeal erosion of national sovereignty is the modus operandi of the internationalists with full control over the world, and its wealth its final goal. They have been content to take this one step at a time and the final pieces are now dropping into place.

 

Written 9/96

 


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