Active against "Agenda 21": According to Political Activist Tom DeWeese, It Is Now Becoming Apparent to People That the UN Is Using Environmentalism as a Front to Control Local Governments
Jasper, William F., The New American
Tom DeWeese is the founder and president of the American Policy Center (APC) and editor of the DeWeese Report. He was interviewed by senior editor for The New American William F. Jasper in February at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.
The video version of the interview, filmed live at the CPAC Exhibitors Hall, can be viewed at http://www.libertynews-network.tv/?p=1644
The New American: You were good enough to bring me your latest book, Now Tell Me I Was Wrong: Fifteen Years of Unheralded Wisdom and Warnings in the Battle for the Republic. This is a compilation of your writings over the last 15 years, correct?
Tom DeWeese: Yes. It's a collection of articles. We have people who are ... discontented with policies that are taking place ... on issues like School-to-Work and Goals 2000, the total retransformation of our school system ... the development of Agenda 21, United Nations global governance, illegal immigration, radical environmentalism. ... This is a kind of history, showing where these things came from and who were the perpetrators. ... When I was writing it, people were either ignoring it, or saying I was crazy, hence the title Now Tell Me I Was Wrong.
TNA: I know the feeling. Thanks so much for the book. Now, you are the president and founder of the American Policy Center. Tell us briefly about that. Where are you located?
DeWeese: We're in Warrenton, Virginia, 30-some miles outside of D.C. We work on issues of property rights, personal privacy rights, national sovereignty issues. We have our action alert system called Sledge Hammer that we put out by e-mail for free, when something's happening, hot on Capitol Hill, or other places.
TNA: You also write the DeWeese Report. DeWeese: Yes, the DeWeese Report is where these articles for the book came from. I've been putting that out for 17 years now, and it covers all these issues.
TNA: Your interests cover a wide swath of what's happening in America and society and in politics and policy. What are some of the key issues you are focusing on?
DeWeese: We're almost exclusively focused right now on the issue of Agenda 21 and sustainable development. This is something, as we said, that came from the [United Nations'] Rio 1992 Earth Summit and has been slowly implemented in almost every community in the country. Now it is being more rapidly implemented in those communities. Now, after 15 years of trying to warn people what this was about, people are beginning to see that something is wrong and that this is a policy of control. Lots of people think it's a policy of conservation and environmental protection, and that's how it's sold. But in fact, when you look at all aspects of it, the "social equity" aspect and "social justice," it covers every aspect of our lives, from how our communities are developed to what you can do in your own home to control population.
TNA: You mention Agenda 21. This is a United Nations program that came out of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. I was there in Rio at the summit and afterward I was telling people, "Look, this is crazy; they are going to try and micro-manage every aspect of our lives and our communities" The response was, "That's the United Nations, they're crazy. Don't take them seriously." But 2012 will be 20 years later; and we're actually seeing this being implemented. So how does this work?
DeWeese: In fact, if you go to your city council and say, "You're implementing a United Nations program"--that's when they look at you like you have two heads, and they escort you out the door. Your city councilmen and county commissioners will tell you, "No, no, this is just a local thing we are doing, we came up with this idea." Whereupon I usually ask the question: "Can you explain to me how your documents are the same, verbatim, as those in Singapore?" They try to put forth that these are all local initiatives, but in fact, there are organizations who helped write Agenda 21. …