by Alex Newman, Originally published at The New American
Alabama became the first state to adopt a tough law protecting private property and due process by prohibiting any government involvement with or participation in a controversial United Nations scheme known as Agenda 21. Activists from across the political spectrum celebrated the measure’s approval as a significant victory against the UN “sustainability” plot, expressing hope that similar sovereignty-preserving measures would be adopted in other states as the nationwide battle heats up.
The Alabama Senate Bill (SB) 477 legislation, known unofficially among some supporters as the “Due Process for Property Rights” Act, was approved unanimously by both the state House and Senate. After hesitating for a few days, late last month Republican Governor Robert Bentley finally signed into law the wildly popular measure — but only after heavy pressure from activists forced his hand.
Virtually no mention of the law was made in the establishment press. But analysts said the measure was likely the strongest protection against the UN scheme passed anywhere in America so far. The law, aimed at protecting private property rights, specifically prevents all state agencies and local governments in Alabama from participating in the global scheme in any way.
“The State of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to ‘Agenda 21,’ ” the law states, adding a brief background on the UN plan hatched at the 1992 “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro.
The people of Alabama acting through their elected representatives — not UN bureaucrats — have the authority to develop the state’s environmental and development policies, the official synopsis of the law explains. Therefore, infringements on the property rights of citizens linked to “any other international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Alabama” are also prohibited under the new measure.
Of course, as the law points out, the UN has enlisted a broad array of non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations in its effort to foist Agenda 21 on the world — most notably a Germany-based group called ICLEI, formerly known as the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives. But the new measure takes direct aim at that problem, too: “the State of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not enter into any agreement, expend any sum of money, or receive funds contracting services, or giving financial aid to or from” any such entities, as defined in Agenda 21 documents.
“This bill, that would bar the state from taking over private property without due process, is intended to shelter Alabamians from the United Nations Agenda 21, a sustainable development initiative that some conservatives see as a precursor for the creation of a world government,” explained Alabama GOP Executive Director T.J. Maloney when announcing that it had been signed into law. The Republican National Committee (RNC) adopted a resolution earlier this year blasting the global scheme and urging policy makers to oppose it, and state parties have followed suit.
Public support for the Alabama law was overwhelming and bipartisan as citizens who had been terrorized by Agenda 21-linked schemes targeting their private property spoke out. But according to analysts and state Republican Party officials cited in press reports, Gov. Bentley was originally hesitant to sign the bill — almost certainly due to concerns over the potential loss of some federal funding.
The U.S. Senate, of course, has never formally ratified Agenda 21. But the executive branch — in conjunction with accomplices at the international, state, and local levels — has for two decades been quietly attempting to impose the plan on Americans by stealth, mostly using deceptive terms like “Smart Growth” and “Green.” And proponents of the global scheme consistently threaten that states seeking to protect citizens from the UN plot could end up losing some federal funds.
“Every time you take a dollar of federal money, there’s strings attached,” explained Ken Freeman, chairman of the Alabama-based group Alliance for Citizens Rights (ACR), an organization that fought hard to ensure that the Governor signed the bill into law. “We were originally walking soft on this issue, to tell you the truth, because when things were going our way, why change anything?”
But when Gov. Bentley did not immediately approve the bill, Freeman told a reporter, ACR turned the activism up a notch, urging citizens to contact the Governor’s office and express their support for the measure. The grassroots pressure paid off: Alabama became the first state to be officially shielded by law from UN-linked anti-property rights scheming.
“It seems that Agenda 21 does actually bring people together in communities — just not in the way the U.N. had hoped for,” remarkedJustice Gilpin-Green in a column for the conservative site Townhall, citing Freeman and other instrumental supporters of the effort. “Hopefully other states can mirror Alabama’s determined nature in passing their anti-Agenda 21 legislation. It was citizen awareness and direct action that finally brought about the needed changes last week and that same awareness and action will be needed for the future of every other state.”
Legislative analysts said the bill, sponsored by GOP state Sen. Gerald Dial, was extremely well crafted: protecting citizens and individual rights from UN decrees in a simple, straightforward manner that Agenda 21 advocates would have a hard time criticizing. Liberty-minded organizations and lawmakers are already examining the measure for potential use as a model in other states currently struggling to expel the global scheme and its myriad tentacles.
“Alabama House Bill 618 [SB 477] is a large step towards protecting Alabamians against UN meddling. It protects the due process rights of Alabamians. It keeps Constitutional Law above International Law,” noted Jason Baker, a Montgomery-based conservative pundit with the Examiner. “Now state after state awakens to the threat it poses to freedom and sovereignty.”
Across America, Tea Party groups, liberty-minded Democrats, libertarians, and a broad coalition of activists have been turning up the heat on Agenda 21. Tennessee, for example, adopted a bipartisan state resolution slamming the UN scheme as an “insidious” and “socialist” plot that is completely at odds with American traditions of limited government, individual freedom, private property, and self-governance under the Constitution. Numerous other states are pursuing similar measures.
A bill similar to Alabama’s seeking a complete ban on Agenda 21 and unconstitutional UN “sustainability” efforts in Arizona wasapproved overwhelmingly in the state Senate. The legislation died in the state House even after clearing several hurdles, however, when the legislative session ended before a final vote could be taken. New Hampshire is reportedly working on a bill to ban Agenda 21 that sailed through the state House last month.
Meanwhile, local governments across America — under intense pressure from citizens and activist groups — are slowly awakening to what critics call the “dangers” of the UN scheme. Dozens of cities and counties have withdrawn from ICLEI in recent years, and as awareness continues to grow, that trend is expected to accelerate.
The UN, however, is doubling down on its controversial plan. In June, governments from all over the world will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro for the so-called “Conference on Sustainable Development” — known as Rio+20 for short. According to official documents released by the global body, the summit, headed by Chinese Communist Sha Zukang, will be seeking to dramatically transform human civilization under the guise of environmentalism.
Production, education, consumption, individual rights, and even people’s thoughts will all be targeted under the global plan to create a so-called “green economy,” the UN admitted. But with the tidal wave of opposition in America growing stronger every single day, analysts expect fierce U.S. opposition — if not from the Obama administration, at least from the increasingly outraged citizenry.
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Now I would like Alabama to take the next step to strengthen property rights and abolish property tax. A tax on property is a tax on a right, e.g., paying for a permit to breath. The tax contradicts the right of property, i.e., we own property by right not by permission.
Papaj41@comcast.net....If we do nothing then in avery short time our country will become like Seria is today. The government will bomb and kill us just like Bashad is doing to his people. They will take away our guns with whatever force they deem necessary. Then when we are disarmed they will take away our land. That includes our homes. Privet ownership of any commodity will be history.
Papaj41comcast You are 100% right. We all better be prayed up, & ready to face what's coming. Most Americans have NO idea what being persecuted is like. But, how many millions in other countries have had to suffer for their religion, to try to gain freedom from oppression, etc. Even homeless people here are better off than others in some of these other countries. That's why I get so frustrated with these idiots who think that by destroying capitalism, democracy, & our Constitution will make this country perfect. What they don't realize is that, when, sharia law becomes the law in this country, no more homosexuals, so they can really forget same sex marriage, NO equal rights for women, no abortions, & Hollywood will be put out of business. Muslims think of the US as the great satan, & it's for the very reasons that I listed, outside of our backing of Israel. So, the liberals are going to suffer a LOT worse than we conservatives because they have NO idea what's coming, plus they don't have any idea of how to survive. God help us is my prayer!
I don't believe that God only wants our prayers. Although they won't hurt anything and can only let God know of our sufferage. I think our God wants action. If you read any scripture, you will see that success and freedom only came through the actions of Christians. God gave us the Great Commission and therefor asked us for action. In every instance God asked us to GO! Take action, is what God asks of us.
The United Nations has outstayed its welcome on our shores. Much like having a fox in the hen house, the UN has consistently proven itself to be hostile towards the freedoms we American's enjoy. In the name of global equality Agenda 21 is the UN's instrument by which every American citizen will be herded into human population centers, and every aspect of our lives controlled. Every citizen who cherishes their freedom should be contacting their Senator and Representative in their States legislature or assembly. Alabama has taken the lead which every State should follow.
Drifanwulf So true, but the sheep are too stupid or don't care to take a stand and get involved!
DesireeSeifert Sent an email yesterday expressing my views on Agenda 21 to the Senator for my district. If I get do not get a response I will call his office. It is time for sheep to become wolves. We need to do what we can to help them make the transformation. But don't you get frustrated at times when all they do is stand there and bleat after you've shown them the truth.
Drifanwulf Amen! And, what amazes me is that, most liberals are so arrogant that, they think if it does happen, it's not going to effect them, just us conservatives & Christians. Yeah, just like a lot of Germans thought that Hitler was so centered on the Jews, that nothing would happen to them, 'cause they were GOOD Germans. They found out to their horror, that they were just as despised as the Jews.
THANK YOU ALABAMA ~ NOW YOU SHOULD ELIMINATE THE HATED NAME OF badrak ' insane ' obummer FROM YOUR STATE BALLOTS .
Why not add the EPA to the bill as well. they will be the ones implementing it if O Blama is re-elected.
W O W!! This is wonderful news.
However: Stacy Lynne, in Fort Collins, Colorado (the crown jewel of ICLEI) had her 8 1/2 year old child stolen from her last December for having the gall to speak out and teach about ICLEI. Absolutely no charges were leveled against her and yet they still have her child who is being traumatized daily. They have illegally attached a GPS device to her car, wiretapped her phone, arrested her (no warrant, no charges) and threatened indefinite jailing until she produced her vulnerable son. The sheriff, city council, Larimer County Justice (so-called) Center, judges, magistrates, court-ordered investigator, Pat Stryker (billionaire heiress big into ICLEI, ties with elitists, Governor Bill Ritter, Fort Collins police and on and on are all involved. Stacy just lost her house in the wild fire in that area in the last couple of days.
RedTulie They are making an example of Stacy. Taking her son is evil, but then such tactics can be expected from evil people.
(Actually, we found out that she did not lose her house to the wildfires; hers was about the only one standing.)
Bravo, Alabama!!! This isn't just about property rights, though; It's about fighting for life as we know it in America; It's about life, period. Georgia is watching and learning.
Good for Alabama, Now if the rest of the United States would follow suite, the ESTABLISHMENT would crumble to the ground!!!!!!!!!
Thank God for all the alert, hard working, intelligent and loyal Patriots. With more people like them America can be freed from the tyranny of the Satanic international bankster-gangsters and all their agendas to enslave the world. Yay, Alabama!