February 5, 2008, - 11:17 am

Judge to U.S. Navy: Save the Whales, Not Americans

By Debbie Schlussel
As I’ve said repeatedly on this site and elsewhere, PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans) has won. The animal rights freaks are still crusading, but they’ve already gotten Americans to spend billions on silly things like aromatherapy and blueberry facials for their pets. They’ve gotten dogs semi-human legal status in divorce settlements and wills.
And, most important, they convinced a federal judge to tell the United States Navy, yesterday, that whales are more important than maritime national security. This time, it isn’t PUTAh, it’s their buddies at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Same diff.
Now, the Navy cannot conduct practice exercises of the coast of California–important missions to train for detecting hostile watercraft from enemies like Iran, North Korea, Al-Qaeda, etc.


Clinton Judge Florence-Marie Cooper to Navy:

Save the Whales & Al-Qaeda Amphibious Jihadis

And if I were a terrorist planning to approach the U.S. by sea–and we know from FBI alerts, Al-Qaeda is, indeed, investing in scuba gear–I’d make sure I’m swimming and stowing my amphibious gear and dingy in the path of the whales:

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday rejected the Bush administration’s attempt to exempt Navy sonar training from key environmental laws, saying that there’s no real emergency to justify overruling court-ordered protections for whales and dolphins.
U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper [DS: A Clinton appointee] also suggested that President Bush’s effort to maneuver around an earlier federal court order was “constitutionally suspect,” although she made no ruling on that issue.
The 36-page order means the Navy will have to follow Cooper’s previous injunction forbidding the use of powerful submarine-detecting sonar in areas where whales are abundant, such as within 12 nautical miles of the coast and between Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands.
That January order also will require the Navy to shut down sonar when whales or other marine mammals are spotted within 2,200 yards of vessels or under certain sea conditions that allow the sonic blasts to travel farther than usual.
This type of sonar has been linked to mass deaths of whales in the Bahamas, the Canary Islands and elsewhere, although never off Southern California. . . .
“I don’t know what it’s going to take for the Navy to get it,” Douglas said. “The courts have said over and over that the Navy must follow the law.”
The Navy maintains that the lives of its sailors depend on being properly trained to detect vessels operated by China, Iran, North Korea and other potentially hostile nations.
“The Navy’s current ’emergency’ is simply a creature of its own making, i.e., its failure to prepare adequate environmental documentation in a timely fashion,” [Judge] Cooper wrote.
Joel Reynolds, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, applauded the ruling.

The judge says there’s “no real emergency” justifying the use of sonar to detect terrorists. I just love when judges think they are national security experts (another example is Detroit-area Federal Judge Gerald Rosen).
Hmmm . . . If I’m Bin Laden, I’m telling my guys to take a water route within 12 nautical miles of the coast and between Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands, where whales are in abundance and U.S. Navy sonar won’t be.
Alhamdillullah [Praise Allah] for Her (Dis)Honor Florence-Marie Cooper.

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2 Responses

During WW2 there were terrorist attacks by Japan that were simply balloons with bombs attached. Many of them did land in the US. These self-righteous sanctamonious twits like Cooper should be sentenced to the remainder of her life with a helmet and flashlight guarding the coast.
I wonder though if a whale alarm could be developed. You know, a sound that frightens them away. I guess no matter what is done they’d find fault with that. I wonder if there’s a hidden agenda. I once saw a video of a beheading that was supposed to be done by Russian Nazis and it was supposed to be filmed in California. I don’t know, I’m just saying.

John Cunningham on February 5, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I can’t completely buy what you’re saying, Deb. In no way is our safety less important that the safety of animals, and you have made it clear that (whether you have any pets or not)you don’t like animals. And I don’t support PETA in any way, because they’re simply too radical. But as much as we need safety at our borders, whether it be above ground or under water, I think your reaction is way too pat. The Bush administration has allowed and nurtured the ongoing destruction of our environment and the animals that populate it, with glee, and for the financial benefit to Bush cronies. to quote Gore and other pro-environmentalist liberals (I add that for your readers’ benefit), it’s obvious that as the food chain breaks down, we humans will eventually go along with it. With our country’s superiority over everything, and the ability of our subs to travel everywhere, what do you think makes the California coast so valuable that TESTS need to be done right there? Surely, there must be some large ocean mammals in the Indian Ocean (closer to Iraq and the Middle East) that you would prefer to be disturbed by the Navy’s tests over the ones floatin’ around our own part of the world…Or, maybe the tests should be near Japan, where airhead bimbo actresses (I know you like that)are risking life and limb for whales.That way you can kill 2 birds with one stone – you know, disturb the whales and thin the (our) herd.

jeff on February 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm

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