The following letter is the response from Arizona Sen. John McCain to a challenge regarding the disastrous Law of the Sea Treaty sent to him by a constituent—Ray Spitzer. Spitzer is the Republican Legislative District 9 Chairman.
Nothing vague here; McCain supports ratification . Our submarines would require United Nations permission to travel the world’s oceans and our nation’s enemies would be informed of their exact locations. This treaty, rejected by President Ronald Reagan, cedes control of 70% of the earth’s surface to the U.N.. Senator McCain, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate (albeit fifth from the bottom of his 1958 class) and the son and grandson of Admirals, inexplicably believes this is beneficial to American interests.
You may want to let him know what you think.
November 14, 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Spitzer
11228 North 58th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85304
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Spitzer:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I appreciate knowing your views.
Historically, the U.S. has been a global leader in advocating the Law of the Sea. Proponents of its ratification strongly believe the Treaty would help strengthen our national security, promote the free and unimpeded flow of international trade and commerce, and protect our vital natural resources. It has been more than eleven years since the Treaty was transmitted to the Senate for ratification.
The Treaty provides a comprehensive regime of law and order in the world’s oceans and seas and serves as an umbrella convention under which rules are established for governing all uses of the oceans and their resources. I recognize there are wide ranging views held on this issue, but please be assured I will keep your position in mind should this resolution be brought up for debate in the full Senate.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me again on issues of importance to you or to consult my web page at mccain.senate.gov.
United States Senator