Jeane Kirkpatrick Denounces U.N.'s Power Grab for Seas and Sky
Wes Vernon,
Thursday, April 8, 2004
WASHINGTON – Former U.N. ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick told a Senate hearing today that the Law of the Sea Treaty threatened America’s sovereignty and interests not only on the high seas but in the air and outer space as well.
“Absolutely!” the Reagan administration official responded when the issue was raised by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who advanced the debate to new ground by noting that air travel involved motion above the seas that cover most of Earth’s surface.

State Department Counsel William Howard Taft IV confirmed Inhofe’s interpretation of the treaty’s reach “over and under the water.” Kirkpatrick went a step further and said space exploration could be affected as well.

Appearing Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Kirkpatrick testified she was “surprised” the widely hailed 1994 amendments to LOST “did not alter” the treaty’s threat to U.S. rights to make decisions in its own interests without foreign interference.

That runs counter to the claims of the treaty's advocates that the 1994 alterations took care of President Ronald Reagan’s objections in 1982. Twelve years later, President Bill Clinton was hoping for Senate ratification, but the voters altered that script when they put Republicans in control of Congress.

Those amendments during the Clinton administration and the tenure of his Secretary of State Madeleine Albright “have an uncertain legal status [separate] from the treaty itself,” according to Kirkpatrick. She noted other nations could put their own interpretations on them