Snake in the open skies.

The Open Skies and
"White Lies" Treaty

    According to the Associated Press, during the first week of August a Russian military aircraft flew a reconnaissance mission over the United States. The Russian crew photographed military installations at Cape Canaveral during the five-day mission. In late April a Ukrainian military plane flew close to 6,000 kilometers over thirteen U.S. states on a similar mission said to be a first by a former Soviet republic. The foreign aircraft were not in the U.S. on a clandestine mission, but came by the invitation of the U.S. government to train for the implementation of the Open Skies Treaty. Like other treaties of recent times, this one carries a typically deceptive labeling.

    The Russian observation flight in August made its first stop, appropriately, at Dulles International Airport named after globalist Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles (CFR), who undoubtedly prompted President Eisenhower to propose the Open Skies Treaty in 1955. The proposal was rejected by the Soviets and was shelved until 1989 when it was reintroduced by the Bush Administration. In 1992 it was signed by 27 NATO and former Warsaw Pact countries. Russia, Belaruse and Ukraine have yet to ratify it. Until they do, observation flights will be officially classified as training missions.

    The Bush Administration reintroduced the Open Skies Treaty as an instrument of security and confidence building in the arms reduction process. The ostensible purpose of observation flights is to promote openness and transparency in military matters. As arms reduction compliance is made easier to verify, an atmosphere of trust and cooperation would be engendered. This concept was echoed by Col. Mikhail Botvinko, chief of the Russian observation team, who was quoted by AP as saying, "I think that for our countries this was a very great event. We have shown that we can work well together in a spirit of mutual understanding."


    In spite of its benign sounding name and stated purpose, the treaty contains certain provisions that betray its true nature and intent. For instance, Article VI, Sec. II, Paragraph 2 states, "Mission plan [submitted by observing party] may provide for an observation flight that allows for the observation of any point on the entire territory of the observed party." Observation flights are not limited to military areas. "Any point", including civilian population areas, would be open to surveillance. The observed party, on the other hand, may in some cases restrict access to certain areas including "alert areas, controlled firing, military operations, prohibited areas, restricted areas, warning areas," in other words, those military areas that would be the only legitimate reason for an observation flight under this treaty. The civilian areas, however, are left wide open. (Source: U.S. Army Aeronautical Services Agency - USAASA).

    Under this treaty foreign observation aircraft enjoy priority over all other aircraft in U.S. airspace - private, commercial and military. The only exceptions are presidential aircraft and declared emergencies. Using the call sign, "Open Skies one two oscar", or a variant thereof, the observing aircraft may request a change in route and altitude and the FAA air traffic control center must give priority to that aircraft and vector them as requested. They may fly anywhere between approximately 500 to 5,000 feet for low altitude observation, or 18,000 to 36,000 feet for high altitude observation, the altitude and destination being the choice of the commander of the observing aircraft. (Source: Ibid. and Sandia National Laboratory).

    The Open Skies Treaty designates the types of sensors that observing aircraft may use in flight. Optical sensors in the form of video, frame and panoramic photography are authorized. Infrared line scanning devices work well at night and are also approved. The most effective of the approved sensors is the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) developed by the U.S. government's Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico. SAR works day or night in any weather, even in heavy rain. It directs a radar beam at the ground in a ten nautical mile swath under the aircraft. The beam bounces back to the aircraft creating a photo-like image in the device.

    Sandia Labs has developed a special pod containing the SAR sensors and related equipment. The 16-foot pod connects easily under the wing of observing aircraft similar to an external fuel tank. A Sandia press release indicates that they are mass producing SAR pods that meet treaty requirements and are available for all Open Skies aircraft. The U.S. will also provide aircraft and sensors for those signatory nations who cannot provide their own. (Source: Sandia Labs).


    On the surface it appears that the U.S. is bending over backwards for the cause of peace in making available its sensor technology, aircraft, and submitting its territory to inspection by foreign governments. In the context that most people use to view history and this century's major wars, the current security arrangement may seem praiseworthy. If one is willing to consider, however, that this century's wars were orchestrated by the same powers that are even now consolidating their grip on the nations of the earth through treaties and other means, it is not difficult to see the truth behind this brazen scheme.

    The Open Skies Treaty is the convergence of two trends that have been emerging in recent years. One is the permanent deployment of foreign troops into a nation's sovereign territory through treaties or U.N. mandate, and the second is the increased use of domestic surveillance tools by the "democratic" governments of the world. Where it is difficult for governments to justify or implement a large surveillance apparatus to be used on their own citizens, the treaty provides the political cover, the equipment and foreign troops who are willing to do it for them. Once the plane lands with the raw data, it is processed at a ground facility, transferred to digital tape and made available to any signatory government willing to pay the reproduction costs. (Source: Sandia Labs).

    The Open Skies Treaty originated in the U.S. State Department in the early 1950's which was then headed up by John Foster Dulles, a founder of the Council on Foreign Relations and President Eisenhower's foreign policy architect. On April 11, 1952 Dulles declared in a speech before the American Bar Association:

    "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 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 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."

    Not long after this statement, Dulles' State Department produced the Open Skies Treaty which would eventually bypass the U.S. Constitution by allowing foreign agents to exercise those powers that U.S. agents could not or would not execute on their own countrymen.

    The ostensible purpose of the Open Skies Treaty is to promote "transparency of intent" in arms reduction agreements between neighboring countries. Its real, underlying purpose is to establish a cooperative monitoring system. Troops are shifted to foreign countries where national loyalties will not dampen their willingness to carry out their mission. "Transparency" applies not to the ruling elite or their militaries, but to the restless masses of people enslaved to the system of world finance. For world government to exercise complete control, it is essential to monitor the activities of nations and individuals. Some U.S. spy satellites can read automobile license plates from outer space. It is difficult to fathom the snooping possibilities of a spy plane flying over at 1,000 feet.

     It is said that the Open Skies Treaty extends from "Vancouver to Vladivostok", not only covering a vast amount of territory, but an indefinite amount of time as well, as the treaty has no expiration date. The principles that underpin this treaty ensure that if it is ratified, it will not be long-lived. A global government built on deception and coercion is doomed to failure.

"Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers, who rule this people...Because you have said, 'We have made a covenant with death, and with hell we have an agreement; when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter'....Your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it." Isaiah 28:14-15


Written 8/12/97


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