Bush overrules judge in US navy-v-dolphins sonar case
Flipper gets pinged
US President George Bush has handed the environmental movement (and the judiciary) a significant slap in the face, overruling a judge's decision not to allow the US Navy to use sonar during exercises. The US beak had issued preliminary limitations on sonar use following a lawsuit in which environmental activists said that the gear causes harm to dolphins and whales.
AP reports that the White House announced the presidential exemption on Wednesday, Mr Bush having signed the necessary documents on Tuesday while travelling in the Middle East.
"This exemption will enable the Navy to train effectively and to certify carrier and expeditionary strike groups for deployment in support of worldwide operational and combat activities, which are essential to national security," according to the White House.
Legal efforts to stop US naval units using sonar have been underway for some time now, spearheaded by environmental pressure group the Natural Resources Defence Council. The group says that active naval sonar - which is used to detect mines or submarines by "pinging" sound pulses into the sea and listening for the echoes - distresses various forms of marine life, particularly cetaceans.
"The president's action is an attack on the rule of law," the NRDC's Joel Reynolds told AP.
"By exempting the Navy from basic safeguards under both federal and state law, the president is flouting the will of Congress, the decision of the California Coastal Commission and a ruling by the federal court."
The Bush exemption reportedly allows the USN to continue using mid-frequency active sonar in waters off California, where several key naval bases are located. This kind of sonar has been in use by navies worldwide since at least the 1960s, while the sonar-effects-on-cetaceans debate is of much more recent origin.
Some have theorised that in fact it is different equipment, low-frequency active sonars - which have come into naval vogue only in recent years - which primarily affects whales and dolphins. However, the NRDC contends that all sonars cause harm.
The campaign group plans to challenge the presidential exemption in legal filings later this week. ®
Previously stated by Michael:
"On the other hand, what actual or imminent threat is there in this perpetual state of emergency?
Possible threat? How probable is it?"
Fortunately modern warfare is the same as ancient warfare in one concept. You fight like you train. The harder you push your men in a training environment, the better results you will get in combat. The roll of the combatant throughout history has been the same story, just different arms and armour (despite being a yank, I like that spelling better).
Unfortunately modern warfare sucks the GNP of a nation faster than you can say: "Holy t*ty f**king chr*st."
With that being said... I am sorry Mr. Dolphin and Whale. I appologize for my human nature that says I must kill my fellow man. To do so with up most efficiently I must practice, and this may (or may not) harm you. For this is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine....
Don't get me wrong. I am a peace loving individual. But if I cannot trust my own countrymen to do what is right in regards to governing my homeland, what makes people think that I would trust a foreign government not to encroach upon my hopes and dreams?
Mines the one with the urban camo pattern with rifle magazines pouches and the MOLE attachments for survival gear.
Live Free Or Die (except dolphins and americans)
It's lovely that the poor Yanks live in a dictatorship, where the rule of law is subject to their dictator's whim.
How's it feel, y'all? "Live free or die" anyone? No?
Unlike some dictators, Bush doesn't create *every* law by himself - he just picks the ones he particularly wants to happen. It's still a dictatorship though.
Bite your tongue, Brits: when an investigation into corruption in a Saudi arms deal gets too close to the embarrassing truth, the Brit P.M. just closes down the investigation. Another style of dictatorship.
Are there any countries out there I can move to and be in a democracy?
@Glen Goergen et Cowardly Whale et Symrstar
You are all completely correct.
Thing is, whales do not match up to national security.
On the other hand, what actual or imminent threat is there in this perpetual state of emergency?
Possible threat? How probable is it?
Let me know and I'll go down the bookies and lay a quid on it, if it happens I'll probably be rich.
Follow the money; who makes money out of what catastrophe/war/arms deal/IT deal?
When you find out, let me know, I'll send them my CV and take a slice of the pie before it all hits the fan.