USA Illegally Shuts Off Water to Own People while Illegally Spending 1 Trillion on Nuclear Bombs

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Monday, a US federal judge ruled that water will continue to be cut off to disadvantaged residents of Detroit, Michigan. Water has been cut off to “50,000 low-income households since January 2013 and continues at the pace of 400 households a day.”

Shutoffs will continue, the judge said, because there is no such thing as a “fundamental right” to water.

He added that access to water is “based on ability to pay.”

The rulings from the US federal representative are violations of international human rights law.

On July 18, 2014, Amnesty International, the world’s largest and most respected human rights organization, stated:

Detroit: Access to Essential Water is a Human Right

The disconnection of water service to households which are struggling in Detroit’s current economy and cannot pay their water bill is a violation of the right to water.

It is imperative that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department restore service of water to any occupied home or residence…

According to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, and the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights.”

…impoverished families [are having] their water shut off … even as sports arenas, a golf course and half the city’s commercial users – all also behind on payments to the tune of $30 million—have reportedly not received notices…

The rights to water and sanitation require that they be available, accessible, safe, acceptable and affordable for all without discrimination.  According to international human rights law, it is the State’s obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation.  States are required to ensure everyone’s access to a sufficient amount of safe drinking water for personal and domestic uses, defined as water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene.

Also condemning the criminal US federal assertion that access to water is based on the ability to pay, the 2014 UN Development Report asserted that “access to certain basic elements of a dignified life ought to be delinked from people’s ability to pay. … The state has the primary responsibility to extend social services to the entire population, in a basic social contract between citizens and state”, and called for “universal access to basic social services“.

As the USA cuts off water to its own poor people and keeps water flowing to rich residents who are also behind on payments (not to mention almost completely subsidizes and bails out corporate billionaires who fail in the free market through criminality and recklessness), the USA is illegally (and frighteningly) devoting massive amounts of tax dollars to its global violence and domination expansion enterprises.

Thousands of examples can be cited.  Here are two (and see here for more):

1) The USA is currently illegally committing 1 to 1.5 trillion dollars (the most of any regime ever) to nuclear bomb development, in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which requires immediate disarmament.

The US is the world’s biggest stockpiler of WMD and biggest violator of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (more info here).

2) The USA is also committing hundreds of millions (most likely billions) of dollars to try to overthrow Syria using both proxy and US forces, in violation of international law and the UN charter, in part of a terrorism campaign the US has ceaselessly waged against Syria since 1948.

Declaration on Principles of International Law, concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States (October 24, 1970)

No State shall organize, assist, foment, finance, incite or tolerate subversive, terrorist or armed activities directed towards the violent overthrow of the regime of another State, or interfere in civil strife in another State.

Article 2, UN Charter:

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.

Finally, here are examples of the USA’s globally isolated stance of shameless rejection of nourishment as a human right:

  • A 1981 UN General Assembly resolution declaring that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development, etc are human rights went 135 to 1, the USA casting the isolated “NO” vote.
  • A 1982 UN General Assembly resolution declaring that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development, etc are human rights went 131 to 1, the USA casting the isolated “NO” vote.
  • A 1983 UN General Assembly resolution declaring that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development, etc are human rights went 132 to 1, the USA casting the isolated “NO” vote.
  • Under the Clinton administration, in 1996, a United Nations-sponsored World Food Summit affirmed the “right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food”. The United States took issue with this, insisting that it does not recognize a “right to food”. (William Blum)
  • A 2007 UN General Assembly vote affirming the human right to food went 186 to 1, the USA casting the isolated “NO” vote.
  • A 2008 UN General Assembly vote affirming the human right to food went 184 to 1, the USA casting the isolated “NO” vote.

Once Obama assumed power, the UN stopped voting on right-to-food resolutions, saving the Nobel “Peace” winner the embarrassment of having to reject them.  However, with the Obama regime in power, the UN has voted on the right to water:

  • A 2010 UN General Assembly vote affirming the human right to water went 122 to 0, with the USA abstaining.

Obama’s global isolationism and democracy shunning also includes dozens of resolutions condemning Israeli/US war crimes, ethnic cleansing, extermination and annexation operations against the Palestinians, such as:

  • A 2011 UN Security Council (15 members) resolution calling for a halt to the illegal expansion of Israeli settlements in the illegally Israeli-Occupied West Bank of Palestine.  The vote went 14 to 1, Obama the sole “NO” vote.

Robert Barsocchini is an investigative journalist focusing on global force dynamics.  He also writes professionally for the film industry.  Here is his blog.  Also see his free e-book, Whatever it Takes – Hillary Clinton’s Record of Support for War and other Depravities.  Click here to follow Robert and his UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter.

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  • Michael Staran

    Right or wrong locally is besides the point. It’s none of the UN’s business what goes on inside the USA. End of story.

  • knotjammin2

    Nobody said that they can’t have water. They can get water anytime they want to get off their lazy welfare butts and go get it. The taxpayers are getting tired of picking up the tab for these losers. How many of the takers have actually tried to get a job in the last year or two years or three years. 100 years ago these takers would have done something for themselves or they would have staved to death. This is what we get for paying for their babies because their to darn lazy to use birth control, feeding them, housing them, giving them health care, O-phones, hell we even buy their weed for them. Time to cull the herd. Time to turn off welfare!!!

    • M Fr Nch

      I agree with your view, it would help a lot if we did not teach people to be dependant upon the taxes of others. But our music industry which is infested with so called “rap” music is a disgusting glorification of the lowest common denominator and our educational system is almost as bad, thinking even the least capable should be rewarded.
      We are a long way from where we need to be and laziness is a large part.
      Your comment about jobs might on the surface seem insensitive but it is not, I am almost 60 and I have been able to get a job. I know if others tried they could too. It might not be a great job but it would be better than sitting on your ass, at least you could use it as a stepping stone.
      I agree with short term help for people but not long term welfare for life.

      • knotjammin2

        Well said!!

  • Daddyotis

    Agreed with respect to the fallacy of spending 1T on nukes. Sorry though…I’m calling B.S. on the “illegal” water shutoff in Detroit. Let’s get off our socialist soapbox here and pick this apart, shall we? The people who are getting their water shut off aren’t paying their water bills. Nobody said they aren’t allowed to go collect water themselves though. By all means, take a 5 gal bucket down to Lake Erie and scoop out a bucketfull and drag it back to your apartment. THAT’S FREE. However, if someone else is paying for the accumulation, transportation, and sterilization of it to become potable, THAT’S what you need to pay for.

  • Gregory Walls

    The author is ignorant. No one has a “right” to have water delivered to their home for free. If you can’t pay…you don’t get it. What a jackstick!

  • Bloodnut The Flatulent

    Good grief! What site am I on, anyway? i didn’t realize you could find such progressive drivel here. “Global isolationism”? WTF??? What kind of kool-aid is this guy drinkin’, anyway?

  • Justin OB

    the biggest threat to humanity has and will always be government

  • funny, I thought the city ran the infrastructure that brought water to peoples mouths and evacuated the waste water and that’s what people contractually agreed to pay for. Claim all you like people have a “right” to water, good luck convincing me they have a right to have it collected, processed, transported and eventually evacuated on someone else’s dime.

  • Daddyotis

    Try and keep up with me here, Bob…please? My point is that what is being paid for is the process (which I as a taxpayer fund) which brings the potable water to the tap…not some (you claim) state law which might prohibit this action. Secondly, are you saying that a citizen could be arrested for gathering water from the shore of Lake Erie? Doubtful! Please provide some proof for this. Lastly, a body of water such as Lake Erie is is not “state property” by definition. It is not a land mass, but a waterway.

  • sidebar: State owns NOTHING, it all belongs to We the People, they are the corrupt/perverted trustees.

    Water: get a filter and a hand pump, like Granny on the Beverly Hillibillies :

    • James

      Some ground water has became chemical poluted and a filter will not help there. I do agree with the hand pump for

      • how bout them super duper charcoal filters?

        • James

          No they won’t or not for all. There were mines in this area. And chemical poluting of ground water over 100 years ago. 3 trash cans and a filter will make most not all water safe to drink from the ground. Some were there were gold mines and such harder to do.

          • That is why God gave us a liver and 2 kidneys

  • Guest

    The author of this piece is a far leftist who believes that the U.S. should cede all of its international authority, and a good portion of its domestic authority, to a global ‘law’ entity aka the UN. Their intent of this piece is to just further push this agenda.

    The water is being shut off in Detroit because these people did not pay their water bills over the span of over a year with some of them. They, like many other services offered to them, believe it’s owed to them for free. Meanwhile, even with the abundance of water the Detroit area has, they are drying up some of the supplies with their wastefulness. And not pay their water bills is withholding funding for the upkeep and upgrading of equipment.

    Boo hoo, they have to visit their neighbors to fill up milk jugs with water. They need to learn how to conserve anyways.

  • Bring it

    The U.N. needs to stay out of our business. They are trying to take this country from us. Now about the water situation in Detroit, I was born and raised in Detroit as a Democratic. I am now an Independent. That being said, what do you expect from a Democrat run state. The Democrats these days only care about them selves. They no longer care about the poor. They act like they do when it suites them. The water situation is a perfect example. They own the water companies in that state, so giving free or discounted water would not make them money so of course they aren’t going to rule against them selves.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Problem: food and water do not just magically appear, or grow on trees. Somebody has to provide them.

  • James

    We have that here were I live. Free water for those who can not aford it. We pay for it in higher electric bills. It is not that hard to do. Every 3 or 4 blocks you put a fausit on a fire hydrant and they can walk there and get a jug of water and take home with them. Most here fill a 3&1/2 gal. jug of there own for drinking water. Safe treated drinking water. They want a bath they can walk to the river,or there are hand pumps still here. They say the ground water is poluted and unsafe to drink. But OK to bath in and flush the toilet with. They can also walk there for bath water and cary it home. Many do such here. So they need to sink some comunity wells in Detroit. It is not hard to do. Put in there pumps and they have bath water and tolet water to cary home. And clean drinking water at a tap close to walk to and get free water. End of problem. Not expensive to do at all. Unless they tear up there water tap and it need be shut off for a few months while the city finds money to replace it. Then they will respect free water more there. And Detroit can say they are up to world standards on water.

  • James

    Clean safe drinking water reduces sickness enough to make it worth haveing for those to poor to aford it. And some here were I live are that. So the trick is if they want free water they need walk to were it is and walk it home in there jug to drink. There is no law that say’s piped into your home for free. And back in the jungles the Government has payed and put in some wells with hand pumps for free as well. So they want free safe water they walk to the well and hand pump the well for it. There is the big difference. Walk and pump then walk home with it. Wake up America. Youca catch roof water for your bath as well.

  • William Hinkle

    Turn off the water, sterilize them and put them into FEMA camps. Anyone caught committing a violent crime should be killed on the spot.

  • Daddyotis

    This discussion has nothing to do with the 1000+ words you just vomited out on the page. Nobody here gives a
    s h i t about your views on money. You talk a lot, but you still haven’t presented ANY reference, source, or proof that “the State” can prosecute a person for dunking a bucket of water out of Lake Erie. Do you expect everyone to just believe you if you write fast enough?

    Better get back on your meds, Sweetie.

    • Bob needs to get back to his Occupy encampment, it’s almost time to hand out the LSD.

  • guest0737

    If this issue is about “basic social service” why hasn’t anyone spoken out on the homeless having to source water by difficult means? Why only when the stains in Detroit are affected is this an issue?