An alert friend spotted this on a local blog… glad someone is talking.
Long time member Bob Duerr, not seen by us in a while, attended the Annual(Press Club) Dinner with his wife Adriana. Editor Rod asked him what he’s been up to recently, and Bob submitted this brief version of a longer article he wrote for Hawaii Fishing News, going way beyond fish.
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have nearly four million square miles of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This may seem eco-friendly but diving deeper reveals murky waters.
Gates claims “there is sovereign American territory in the western Pacific from the Aleutian Islands all the way down to Guam.” Over the complaining of Marianas, the Marianas National Monument further cements U.S. “sovereign territory.”
Why the need for ocean territory? Honolulu journalist Richard Halloran says senior Chinese naval officers have told Honolulu’s Admiral Timothy Keating they plan immediately to build aircraft carriers. The Chinese want the U.S. to stop to patrolling the western Pacific.
The military’s latest Hawaii Range Complex environmental impact statement shows the testing zone for the complex completely enveloping the northwest islands. U.S. military action is provided in MPA legal clauses, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling exempting the Navy’s high-powered sonar from harming marine mammals sets the precedent for an environmental open door policy.
news junkie Says:
February 24th, 2009 at 11:22 am
Big Mahalo to Bob Duerr for explaining the whole “Pacific Sanctuary” trick. Its a bait and switch… most think these “sanctuaries” are to protect, nuh-uh, Bush set ‘em up for the military to use to pollute beyond prying eyes, to freak-out China, and to further sales of the defense industry. The Marianas are the only ones who tried to fight back.
Since we are getting kicked out of Okinawa for being bad neighbors in addition to contaminating their land -Hawai’i Island and Guam are IT; the tip of the spear pointed at China. Lucky us. Thank your congressmen.
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