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07/23/09

The green movement undermining US security

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 06:09:31 pm, Categories: Sikkerhed og Integritet, Ideologi & Politik, Forsigtighedsprincippet, ITSSD, Lawrence Kogan,

["The Precautionary Principle"] has been cited to justify European regulatory practices for many decades, but was embraced by the U.S. environmental movement beginning in the 1990s. The environmentalists see the concept as particularly useful to them because it requires that all allegations that specific activities harm the environment, even if credible evidence to demonstrate such a cause and effect relationship is not fully established scientifically. Lawrence Kogan, chief executive officer of the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD), a non-profit legal research organization, said the Precautionary Principle is being used by environmental extremists, trans-nationalists, and even foreign countries to diminish America’s military prowess and economic standing. Their efforts amount to a “Green Lawfare” campaign against America, he added. Read more in - Environmentalists launch "Green Lawfare" campaign against U.S. defenses

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07/10/09

ITSSD paper on US loss of sovereinty through UN eco-management

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 06:22:12 pm, Categories: Energi, FN, Økologisme, Bureaukrati, U.S.A., Forsigtighedsprincippet, ITSSD, Lawrence Kogan,

As debate continues over whether the United States will accede to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), recent developments in Congress and the Executive Branch indicate a quiet but concerted effort to inject UNCLOS environmental principles into U.S. law. Some, including this author, have argued that U.S. accession to UNCLOS would explicitly usher into the U.S. legal system an aggressive version of Europe’s precautionary approach to regulating economic conduct. In advance of accession, though, this “Precautionary Principle” is finding its way into U.S. policy statements and proposed legislation in the more politically palatable and innocuous-sounding, but no less unscientific, form of “ecosystem-based management” (EBM). As this LEGAL BACKGROUNDER will illustrate, application of EBM to use and exploration of the sea, and even land could substantially frustrate critical economic activity such as offshore oil exploration and marine genetic prospecting, while also imperiling U.S. sovereignty.

Read more here:

“ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT”: A STEALTH VEHICLE TO INJECT EURO-STYLE PRECAUTION INTO U.S. REGULATION
http://itssd.org/7-10-09Kogan2_LegalBackgrounder%20(2).pdf

See also:

US UNCLOS Accession NOT Necessary to Secure Vast Majority of U.S. Energy Needs, US Army War College Research Paper Finds; Amendment Preferred
http://itssdjournalunclos-lost.blogspot.com/2009/07/us-unclos-modification-preferable.html

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2008-03-22

Leaving eurocracy

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 09:02:14, Categories: EU, Sundhed, Konkurrence og Regulering, Bureaukrati, Socialisme, Planøkonomi, ITSSD, Lawrence Kogan,

Unfortunately, the current EU innovation model is fixated on governmental market control via regulation rather than on market facilitation via economic incentives that ease the burdens and costs of doing business," emphasizes Kogan. "The EU Commission is more obsessed with dictating the rules of the game to ensure 'parity-over-progress' than with providing hi tech European businesses operating in the biotech sectors with the necessary property rights-based enabling environment and economic freedom to grow and prosper. "Consequently," Kogan notes, "EU biotech and pharma companies have increasingly relocated operations to the US."

ITSSD: Russia Can Secure Greatest Biotech Market Advances Following US, Not EU Innovation Model
http://www.forbes.com/prnewswire/feeds/prnewswire/2008/03/21/prnewswire200803211501PR_NEWS_USPR_DC17365.html (cut and paste link)

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2007-12-07

The precautionary principle and the "guardian philosophers" of the EU

Since European precautionary principle proponents advocate that ‘quality of life’ considerations, moral values, and social and environmental group (communal) concerns should serve a predominant role in international policy-making to address future potential public harms, it is incumbent upon all other nations to question the source of these beliefs. They must demand strict transparency and accountability from those who argue in favor of changing the current ‘risk-based’ global paradigm to a new ‘precautionary principle’ hazard-based paradigm, which dictates the extent to which all societies may use and rely upon science in evaluating potential future public dangers. After all, is it not the advocates of precaution who bear the burden of proving to the world that a paradigm shift focusing primarily on the ‘unknowables’ of life is actually necessary? Mustn’t they prove beyond a preponderance of the evidence that this utopian vision can not result in greater harms to global society than those they are intended to eliminate? And, isn’t it they who must demonstrate that the assumptions underlying these beliefs reflect a reasoned rather than a desperate, pessimistic view of reality? [...]

As in Plato’s utopian republic, European regional policy is crafted by an exceptionally educated class of ‘guardian philosophers’ namely, EU Commissioners, who love the vision of truth. This vision consists both of that which is known to be real and that which is believed/ perceived to be real. These philosophers are selected and overseen by a legislator (the EU Parliament and the Council of Ministers review laws proposed by the Commission). To the extent the guardians carry out the intent of the legislator, their rule will remain unchecked by the other citizens (e.g., the social and environmental non-governmental organizations) whose interests are represented in the Parliament and the Council. In the end, the European public (i.e., the man and woman on the street whose interests are not so represented) must trust that well-intentioned EU Commissioners, prodded by these ideologues, will adequately protect their interests. Notably, the common people and soldiers of Plato’s Republic were likewise obliged not to question their guardian philosophers, who retained the sole political power to pursue ‘justice’ for the social ‘good’ of the community. [...]

Europeans must realize that the precautionary principle will lessen Europe’s future quality of life by slowing down European economic growth, retarding European innovation and reducing the number and types of opportunities that will exist for future generations of Europeans. They must recognize, therefore, before it is too late, that a precautionary principle-based regulatory model runs counter to the vision underlying the Lisbon Strategy of neoliberal economic reform.[...]

In essence, some sort of blurring or unnatural fusion may have occurred between the multitude of values and phobias long submerged within Europe’s collective psyche and the extreme, almost religious utopian ideologies of post-communist European social and environmental groups. This convolution of European fears, ideals and hypothetical realities has manifested itself in the form of the precautionary principle. If its underpinnings indeed manifest a disease (i.e., "Precautionus Principilitis"), its symptoms and diagnosis would be quite telling: a disorder induced by stress and repressed feelings of inferiority and desperation, marked by extreme luddism, incoherent babbling, disorientation, and a shared form of delusion. But what is worse, instead of suffering this disturbance in private, the European regionalists seek to convert the entire world to their disordered understanding of reality. They are driven to do this, as a means of denying the guilt attendant with the sociopathic manner in which they are manipulating the rest of the world, while injecting their own shortcomings into a world system over which they now claim moral superiority.[...]

Read more in Precautionus Principilitis: A Psychosocial Disorder Causing Luddite Psychobabble by Lawrence A. Kogan and Robert Stein.

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11/02/07

Defending US sovereignty - part 2

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 06:29:27 pm, Categories: Sikkerhed og Integritet, FN, U.S.A., Miljøbevægelsen, ITSSD, Lawrence Kogan, Law of the Sea Treaty,

U.S. State Department Legal Adviser John B. Bellinger III’s recent letter to the editor (“LOST will benefit U.S.” – Washington Times 10/31/07)[1] reflects but another example of the true battle in which we are all, in one way or another, now engaged - namely, the battle against ignorance, apathy and bad ideas. - The letter to the editor proclaims that US ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will provide “enormous national security...advantages to the United States, including clear legal rights of navigation for our military through and over the world’s oceans”. Yet it fails to mention the severe economic, legal and security-related costs associated with subjugating the US military’s absolute customary international law right to freedom of navigation to environmental concerns. Much to the contrary, the US military’s right to freedom of navigation has been steadily eroding since the1990’s as the result of the Clinton-Gore administration’s ‘enlightened’ “military operations other than war” policy [2] and the ‘lawfare’ tactics employed by other UNCLOS parties [3] with the help of environmental extremist groups.

Read more in UNCLOS Alchemy by Lawrence Kogan.

Part 1.

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10/07/07

Abuse of constitutional powers

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 02:18:48 pm, Categories: EU, FN, Økologisme, Thomas Jefferson, U.S.A., Forsigtighedsprincippet, Miljøbevægelsen, ITSSD, Lawrence Kogan, US Congress, Law of the Sea Treaty,

"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278

THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IS SOON LIKELY TO APPROVE, WITHOUT ADEQUATE PUBLIC DEBATE, RATIFICATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS LAW OF THE SEA CONVENTION (UNCLOS), THE LARGEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY TREATY EVER CONCEIVED BY MANKIND.

THE UNCLOS WILL PROVIDE THE UNITED NATIONS AND FUTURE U.S. GOVERNMENTS WITH LEGAL JUSTIFICATION TO INVEST THEMSELVES WITH EXPANSIVE NEW POWERS TO IMPOSE COSTLY AND BURDENSOME NON-SCIENCE AND NON-ECONOMICS-BASED EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS (HIDDEN TAXES) UPON ALL AMERICANS THAT WILL SEVERELY IMPAIR THE USE & VALUE OF THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY.

WHAT HAVE YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES BEEN DOING TO ENSURE THAT YOUR CONSTITUTIONALLY-GUARANTEED PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, AMERICA’S NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND AMERICA’S MILITARY CAPABILITY TO DEFEND ITSELF WILL BE PROTECTED, AND NOT DELEGATED TO AN INTERNATIONAL UNELECTED INSTITUTION IN WHICH THE U.S. HAS ONLY ONE VOTE?

The prior message was a public service announcement from the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development. The Institute for Trade, Standards, and Sustainable Development is an independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan educational organization, based in Princeton, NJ, USA. Its charitable mission is to promote a positive paradigm of sustainable development consistent with private property, free market and WTO rules. The ITSSD examines evolving international law and policy as it relates to trade, science, technology and sustainable economic freedom and development around the world. ITSSD research is accessible on its website at: http://www.itssd.org and on its blog, the ITSSD Journal, at: http://www.itssd.blogspot.com .

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10/05/07

Defending US sovereignty

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 01:20:45 pm, Categories: EU, Sikkerhed og Integritet, FN, U.S.A., Forsigtighedsprincippet, ITSSD, Lawrence Kogan, Law of the Sea Treaty,

Europe is using international means, such as the Law of Sea Treaty, to impose a "better safe than sorry" regulatory model for the environment that jeopardizes America's free enterprise system, according to international business attorney and pro-U.S. sovereignty activist Lawrence [K]ogan. - An evolving legal standard known as the "precautionary principle" is taking hold in Europe where a rising number of environmental controls have been put in place, said Kogan, CEO and co-director for the Institute for Trade Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD), at a Sept. 26 press conference sponsored by the Coalition to Preserve American Sovereignty. - Read more in Law of Sea Treaty Hurts US Security, Sovereignty Activists Say By Kevin Mooney.

Read also:

The ‘LOST 45’ UN Environmental Restrictions on US Sovereignty by J. William Middendorf II & Lawrence A. Kogan.

‘LOST’ reality by Lawrence Kogan,

LOST and found by Lawrence Kogan, plus

Vetting LOST by Lawrence Kogan.

More on http://itssd.blogspot.com

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10/03/07

The LOST (?) battle between the US and the UN

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 12:51:39 am, Categories: FN, Økologisme, U.S.A., Appeasement, Miljøbevægelsen, Lawrence Kogan, James Inhofe, Law of the Sea Treaty,

Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who heads the 19-member committee [ the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee], says there's an obligation to ensure the treaty [ UN Law of the Sea Treaty ] "does not adversely affect the sovereignty of the United States," and advises taking time to "slow down and take a critical evaluation of this Convention that deals with the Outer Continental Shelf, which is in the jurisdiction of this Committee." - The LOST is no ordinary agreement between nations. It is "one of many treaties that seek to bind the United States in a web of entanglements that threatens to transform our 'republican government,' into a homogenous world governed by the United Nation," writes Henry Lamb, chairman of Sovereignty International, who has examined the treaty in depth in WorldNetDaily.

Read more in World Net Daily: Grass roots force hearing on U.N. treaty. (2004). September 2007: U.N. Law of Sea Treaty on Senate fast-track - Bush administration pushing for ratification in next 3 weeks.

Read also:

The ‘LOST 45’ UN Environmental Restrictions on US Sovereignty by J. William Middendorf II & Lawrence A. Kogan.

‘LOST’ reality by Lawrence Kogan,

LOST and found by Lawrence Kogan, plus

Vetting LOST by Lawrence Kogan.

More on http://itssd.blogspot.com

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09/28/07

Ignorance and its consequences

Permalink Af Category: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 04:28:07 pm, Categories: FN, Tøjleri, Økologisme, Bureaukrati, U.S.A., Forsigtighedsprincippet, Lawrence Kogan, US Congress, Law of the Sea Treaty,

The lack of truth and public transparency surrounding the LOST [UN Law of the Sea Treaty] are hard to ignore. By ratifying the LOST, the US would unleash Europe’s PP [Precautionary Principle ] and subject US military and economic sovereignty to eventual UN dominance and control. Therefore, the US Senate must publicly review the LOST’s largely hidden environmental regulatory agenda BEFORE it renders its advice and consent. Only by exposing the LOST’s deep dark caverns to the light of day in public hearings convened by the various congressional committees possessing oversight jurisdiction, as had recently occurred in connection with the illegal immigration bill, would the US be able to avoid such a disastrous outcome. Anything less would shortchange Americans and violate their cherished US constitutional right to due process.

- Lawrence A. Kogan and J. William Middendorf in The ‘LOST 45’ UN Environmental Restrictions on US Sovereignty.

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18/08/07

Naturkonservatismen og det lammende forsigtighedsprincip

Permanent link Af Kategori: Lawrence KoganSimon Espersen, 13:35:36, Kategorier: EU, Konkurrence og Regulering, FN, Økologisme, U.S.A., Forsigtighedsprincippet, ITSSD, Lawrence Kogan, Law of the Sea Treaty, REACH,

På den engelske del af Copenhagen Institutes hjemmeside kan man læse et bidrag fra Lawrence Kogan fra tænketanken ITSSD, der handler om, at man i FN i stigende grad søger at påtage sig rollen som "verdensregering" blandt andet i kraft af "the Law of the Sea Treaty". Ifølge Kogan vil man i FN først og fremmest bruge loven i naturkonservatismens tjeneste.

I sin kommentar rejser Kogan således følgende spørgsmål: - Is the White House merely ill-informed, or has it intentionally chosen to ignore the lessons of history? Does it not recall the past decade of highly contentious trade disputes between the United States and an environmentally-obsessed and protectionist European Union, which operates on what is known as the "precautionary principle" — "I fear, therefore I shall ban." Læs LOST and found.

ITSSD's mission er modsat FN's: to promote and implement a positive global paradigm of sustainable development that affords future generations from all Nations greater opportunities for a higher quality of life. To achieve this paradigm, we emphasize the importance of economic growth, free markets, the rule of law, strong intellectual property rights, scientific discovery, technological innovation, and the establishment of balanced, science-based and cost-effective national regulatory and standards systems. Læs mere her.

Hos IDSSD's hjemmeside finder man også kritik af EU's nye regulations-påfund REACH, der benytter sig af omvendt bevisbyrde. Læs mere om REACH her.

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