House Shoots Down UN
In a sharp rebuke to President Clinton's aspirations for a global UN presence, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment to kill U.S. funding for a United Nations standing army. Co-authored by Congressmen Joel Hefley (R-CO) and Helen Chenoweth (R-ID), the amendment to the fiscal 1999 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3616) passed 250 to 177.
The one-sentence amendment reads: "No funds available to the Department of Defense may be used to assign or detail any member of the Armed Forces to duty with the United Nations Rapidly Deployable Mission Headquarters (or any similar United Nations military operations headquarters)." In offering the amendment, Chenoweth said to her colleagues in the House: "As many of you know, this proposed headquarters is intended by the Secretary-general of the United Nations to form the core of a standing UN military force and the Administration has already spent a limited amount of funds to help establish the headquarters operation."
In her floor statement before the May 20th vote, Congressman Chenoweth noted that the amendment "would simply prohibit President Clinton from putting our troops under the command of a newly created United Nations organization" which is "designed to function as a worldwide command-and-control network for UN forces." This new entity, said Chenoweth, "would create a worldwide standby army for 'peacekeeping operations' which could mobilize at any time. Most members of congress would be disturbed to know that the Clinton Administration, without authorization, has given the UN $200,000 as seed money to organize this army."
The UN's new Rapidly Deployable Mission Headquarters, the Idaho legislator informed her colleagues, would report to an eight-member command unit at the UN. which functions under the UN Security Council. "In other words." warned Cheno-weth, "this is a permanent military unit which functions directly under the control of the United Nations. It appears to be a back door way for creating a standing army when Congress has specifically prohibited U.S. support for a standing army."
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700 Club Slams Media Cover-up
On June 3rd, the day before Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing, the Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club program aired an important report blasting the federal government for a massive cover-up in the case. Entitled "Others Unknown: Oklahoma City Revisited," the 15-minute segment by CBN reporter Dale Hurd paralleled many of the key points covered by THE NEW AMERICAN'S investigation over the past three years.
"The government still insists that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols acted alone," said Hurd in his opening statement. "But the evidence points to a conspiracy of several people. Is it possible that the federal government is not interested in catching the other suspects?" Moreover, he noted, "Despite its denial, it's clear that the federal government did have prior knowledge of something. It knew that April 19th was a dangerous date: the anniversary of Waco and Patriot's Day. Although the government initially lied about it, an alert was issued, and no agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms were in the building."
Hurd then pointed to specific prior warning provided by federal undercover informants Carol Howe and Cary Gagan. He also referred to the many witnesses who saw bomb disposal trucks and sniffer dogs around the Murrah Building in the hours and minutes before the bombing.
In addition, the 700 Club report reviewed the troubling record concerning: the many problems with the government's single-track-bomb theory; evidence that internal demolition charges were used; seismic evidence of multiple blasts; the bizarre rush by the government to end the search for John Doe No. 2; the inexplicable failure of the FBI to try to identify over 1,000 fingerprints; the failure of the prosecutors to call even one of the many eyewitnesses who saw McVeigh with others on the day of the bombing; and the failure to investigate Elohim City, German national Andreas Strassmeir, and white supremacist Dennis Mahon.
"This thing is very powerful," 700 Club host Pat Robertson told viewers following Hurd's report. Robertson reminded his audience that together with the flagrant abuses and cover-ups associated with Waco and Ruby Ridge, this presented a very disturbing pattern. "I am pro-law enforcement through and through, but we cannot have this sort of thing," said Robertson. "We cannot have lies and cover-up and dissembling going on out of the Justice Department, out of those people who are supposed to defend us."
Robertson then challenged his colleagues in the "mainstream" media: "I think they're the 'second-string media' these days, they just don't get these stories, But whatever they consider themselves, it's time they get the facts to the American people and join us."
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The ICC Versus the Family
If the drive to create the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC) succeeds, opposition to abortion may be criminalized on a global scale, and "private actors" presumably including parents may be arraigned for violations of the UN-defined "best interests" of children. This warning was issued by Brigham Young University law professor Richard G. Wilkins in a position paper published by Family Voice.
According to Wilkins, although the ICC "is being marketed as a much-needed permanent tribunal that will try only the 'worst' international crimes ... the ICC's broadly defined 'crimes' will become, not the bane of mass murderers, but the boon of modern social engineers...." Among the ICC's "newly minted offenses," notes Dr. Wilkins, is "the crime of 'enforced pregnancy,'" under which it would be criminal to oppose abortion on demand. "In a meeting held April 21, 1998, at the 54th Session of the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, speakers at the Women's Caucus openly admitted that the term 'forced pregnancy' or 'enforced pregnancy' is the new 'code language' designed to create an international, unrestricted right to abortion."
Wilkins writes that during the same session in Geneva, "the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Mary Robinson, along with a group of 'experts' who have been involved in drafting the ICC treaty, made it quite clear that the new court would become the 'means' by which the 'norms' adopted by the UN during the past 30 years will be enforced. A member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, for example, stated that 'with the institution of the International Criminal Court it might be possible in the future to take direct penal action against countries and/or private actors who violate what the Committee believes to be 'the best interests of the child.'" (Emphasis added.)
"The potential of the ICC to abuse its power cannot be dismissed," Dr. Wilkins maintains. "If put into place, the ICC will mark the first time that a permanent tribunal will have the authority not simply to resolve disputes between nations, but to reach past sovereign governments and charge individual citizens with a wide array of 'crimes.' These 'crimes,' moreover, will be interpreted by judges who may have no background in our sympathies for fundamental constitutional and/or natural law freedoms."
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It is not unusual for politicians and party platforms to call for less government on one hand while proposing more government programs on the other. That is not the case with the platform of the Republican Party of Texas, which was approved last month by the Party's biennial convention in Houston, Texas attended by 7,500 voting delegates. The platform not only calls for the "abolition of federal agencies involved in activities not delegated to the federal government under the original intent of the Constitution," but specifies some of the unconstitutional agencies, including "the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, [and] the Department of Education...." The platform also calls for abolishing the Federal Reserve in favor of the gold standard, and abolishing the federal income tax in favor of a national sales tax (although neither tax would be needed if all unconstitutional programs were eliminated).
Recognizing that both federal judges and the President have abused their powers, the platform recommends the impeachment of offending judges, as well as President Clinton. It also calls upon Congress to "withhold appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in cases involving abortion and religious freedom," and to eliminate "presidential authority to issue executive orders and other administrative mandates that do not have congressional approval."
In the area of foreign policy, the platform calls for the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. from the United Nations, the repeal of the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements, and the cessation of U.S. aid to the International Monetary Fund. It voices opposition to the establishment of an International Criminal Court and to multilateral military alliances such as NATO. And it supports "a thorough investigation, to be conducted by an independent investigator appointed by the U.S. House of Representatives, to determine whether the Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission are promoting the establishment of a one-world government to the detriment of U.S. interests and sovereignty."
Obviously, this platform clashes with many of the positions of the GOP leadership cadres, including Texas Governor George W. Bush. Which explains why (as reported by the Houston Chronicle) Governor Bush said "a platform is a statement of the delegates of the convention, but he said he runs on his own agenda." No doubt if by that is meant the agenda of the GOP establishment. But Bush will still need to contend with the fact that, according to a new Texas GOP role, "any candidate running as a Republican ... in the State of Texas shall be provided a Texas Republican Party Platform Questionnaire, upon which each candidate may indicate for each plank item whether the candidate agrees, disagrees, or is undecided .... The Candidate Platform Questionnaire shall be made available ... at reproduction costs to any person requesting such." Governor Bush's response or lack thereof will be revealing.
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