Pretense Of Authority Through Treaty - Federal Government Attempts Takeover Of Land And Water. Call To Action!Submitted by Richard Taylor APP on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 21:50
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American Land Rights Association
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Expansion of Largely Unknown Treaty Used By Obama To Expand Power To
Control Lands and Waters.
Approximately 600 Million Acres at issue by U.S./Canada Commission
Proposing Massive Expansion of Jurisdiction over Lands & Waters in
Northern States and Canada
*Problem:* Attempt by Obama Administration to use various wetlands and
water jurisdiction tools to gain control over all lands and waters to
achieve the goals they failed to win in the last Congress with the
Clean Water Restoration Act by former Congressman James Oberstar
(D-MN) and former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI).
This was the bill that tried to remove the word *“Navigable”* from
the Clean Water Act. The Obama Administration is still trying to
bypass the word “Navigable” through its new EPA, Corps of
Engineers “Wetlands Guidance Regulations” which Congress is trying
*Through an International Watershed Initiative*, the Obama
Administration is working to expand the jurisdiction of a largely
unknown *International Joint Commission (IJC)*, created by the 1909
Boundary Waters Treaty between the U.S. and Canada, proposing to
expand their jurisdiction beyond border waters to include entire
-----See map of full jurisdiction boundaries at www.landrights.org
. It is right on the home page under International Joint Commission.
-----It is estimated that these watersheds include over 600 million
acres of lands and waters and possibly a lot more. For example, the
International Joint Commission during the Obama Administration has
added a plan to expand their jurisdiction over the entire *Interior
Columbia Basin Ecosystem Area* that you stopped the BLM and Forest
Service from taking jurisdiction over in1996.
Just the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Basin Plan area is 144
million acres including all of eastern Washington, eastern Oregon,all
of Idaho, western Montana and smaller parts of California, Utah and
The International Joint Commission is proposing to expand its
jurisdiction to include massive areas of all the border states and
some other northern tier states from Washington to Maine using
watershed and ecosystems management as their tools.
Their plan is to use Watershed Management to spread expanded
jurisdiction across as much of the United States as possible.
*The International Joint Commission (IJC) is going far beyond anything
in the original scope of the treaty.*
The three U.S. Commissioners are presidential appointees. The
Chairman, Lana Pollack, was appointed by President Obama in 2010. She
is the former President of the Michigan Environmental Council,
comprised of 70 environmental organizations.
-----Like 13 federal agencies, the Commission subscribes to an
ecosystems management policy, adopted in 1993 by former Vice President
-----Ecosystems management, which is just a theory, has never been
approved by Congress and has been discredited by ecologists since
World War II. For background, read Alston Chase’s great book, “In
A Dark Wood.”
The Commission has enormous influence with Federal regulatory
agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Corps of
Engineers, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and U. S. Bureau of Land Management.
A pilot project has just been approved for northern Minnesota and
northwest Ontario by both the US and Canadian governments through the
U.S. State Department and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.
This pilot project is intended to be a model for governance and is
likely to broaden regulatory powers and management by the US
The intent of this pilot project is to create a government model that
can be applied to the other international watersheds and will likely
lead to the expansion of regulatory powers and jurisdiction by US
-----Myth: “Were here to give more power to the local people”
Reality: This is a plan to expand Federal power over vast areas of
*Additional pilot projects are being planned* for other areas in the
border and northern states and Canada. The program represents a new
and imminent threat to private property rights, state’s rights,
rural America, local communities, access and use of Federal lands,
outdoor recreation, small business, mining, timber harvesting, energy
production, and other interests.
*For a Map of known IJC Areas* Go to www.landrights.org
and look for *International Joint Commission* on Home Page. Further
expansion appears likely.
*IJC Bullet Points:
Here are some bullet points about the first pilot project of the IJC
Minnesota/Canada pilot project for this massive initiative that the
Commission intends to spread across the country:
-----The 184-page IJC report concluded that "there is broad agreement
that water quality is threatened, that ecosystem health is
deteriorating, that communication is not encompassing, and that
current government mechanisms are fragmented." (Note: This not only
appears to be blatantly false, but an insult to local people, their
elected officials, and state and local agencies).
-----The report further concludes that the IJC's ongoing efforts will
"most importantly, be best for the watershed itself." (Think about
what this statement means!).
-----The IJC appointed a long-time National Park Service employee to a
newly created 'citizen member' position on an important control board,
apparently without any formal application process (Note: This is a
clear conflict of interest and a mockery of the democratic process).
-----A U.S. district court judge ruled that the designation of a
federal wilderness area in northern Minnesota did not conflict with
the Boundary Waters Treaty because it was a latter-enacted statute
(Note: A U.S. statute cannot trump a treaty--this is taught in law
-----The same judge ruled that the U.S. had no reason to believe that
banning dozens of border lakes to motorized recreation was in error
because Canada had already closed the Canadian portion of dozens of
border lakes to motorized recreation. The Canadian Government, in a
formal legal opinion, strongly disagreed with the opinion of the U.S.
Judge by saying that Ontario, not Canada, closed the lakes, and that
Canada, not Ontario is a party to the Treaty. (Note: This is also
taught in law school 101). This issue still hasn't been resolved.
-----In a lawsuit challenging National Park Service boating
restrictions on border waters, the case was referred to a federal
magistrate instead of going directly to District Court where it
belonged (How in the world can this happen?)
-----The federal magistrate ruled in favor of the National Park
Service (Surprise, surprise!).
-----A boater's association later discovered that approximately 45
minutes were missing from the hearing transcript in the above case.
Requests to review the audio tape of the hearing were refused by the
The IJC has no business expanding their domain until existing Treaty
conflicts have been resolved. For more information about the IJC:
Google International Joint Commission or IJC.
*Solution:* A grassroots organizational effort by local people and
their elected officials at all levels is needed to prevent further
Federal expansion and control of lands and waters by the *IJC and U.S.
Regulatory Agencies and other Obama water initiatives*.
This effort must be nationwide copying your successful nationwide
defeat of CARA, the Conservation and Reinvestment Act in 2000 and the
Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Plan in the 90’s.
It has been demonstrated that local alternatives to top-down federal
programs are better, faster, and cheaper, and more consistent with
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-----2. Contact both your Senators by calling (202) 224-3121.
Or write: (send by fax it you can): Honorable (Your Senator), US
Senate, Washington DC, 20510. Ask for the fax number when you call.
-----3. Call your Congressman at (202) 225-3121. Write (use fax if you
can) your Congressman at: Honorable (Your Representative), US House of
Representatives, Washington, DC 20515.
Be sure to ask for the staff persons e-mail and fax when you call.
-----4. Call your county commissioners and other local elected
officials, legislators. Alert them to this pending threat to your
rights and property. Ask them to demand that the International Joint
Commission (IJC) hold hearings in affected areas and that the House
and Senate hold Congressional hearings on this issue before it gets
off the ground.
Ask your Members of the House and Senate to use whatever tools they
have to block the IJC until Congress gets a chance to place the IJC
under control. Congress must take away funding for the IJC.
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International Joint Commission from taking control of a huge area of
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