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Brief Update, January 23, 2009

When Hillary Clinton was questioned by a Senate committee as part of the confirmation process to become Secretary of State earlier this month, she strongly endorsed ratification of LOST. Other leading Democrats in the Senate have also recently endorsed LOST. There will be one or more hearings about LOST, then a ratification vote by the Senate. The forces promoting ratification are bi-partisan and very powerful. Thus, ratification is highly likely. However, ratification of LOST is also highly undesirable. Ratification by the United States would be the final step in turning over to the UN control over everything that happens over, on, and under the world's oceans and seas. Everything! Military uses included.

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