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Is Overpopulation a National and Global Security Threat?

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The Report of The Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (The Rockefeller Commission) The causes and implications of population growth in America were cogently presented in the definitive report of The Commission on Population Growth and the American Future (The Rockefeller Commission) in 1972. Had the 70 recommendations of the Commission's report, Population and the American Future, been implemented, a comprehensive U.S. population policy would have resulted. America and the world would be a very different place today. Adoption of this policy would have provided leadership vital to coping with the world overpopulation problem.
According to John D. Rockefeller 3rd, the U.S. Catholic Bishops threatened President Nixon politically, and bowing to their pressure he disavowed this report. None of the 70 recommendations was ever implemented. The U.S. continues to have no population policy.

The Public Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism

"The motivations of those who engage in terrorism are many and varied, with activities spanning industrial societies to underdeveloped regions. Fully 60 percent of the Third World population is under 20 years of age; half are 15 years or less. These population pressures create a volatile mixture of youthful aspirations that when coupled with economic and political frustrations help form a large pool of potential terrorists. Many terrorists have a deep belief in the justice of their cause. They are tough and vicious and may have little regard for their own lives or those of their victims in attempting to achieve their goals. Others may even be hired assassins."

from: The Public Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism

Arguably the most authoritative work on terrorism was the February 1986 Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism, chaired by Vice President George Bush, Sr. Yet no mention of the study has appeared in the press since September 11, 2001. On that day, the George Bush Library archivist, Melissa Walker, pulled it from her files in anticipation of interest by the media. But not until October 29th did she receive her first request. It was from CRPS. This report concludes that the root cause of terrorism is overpopulation. This determination the Vatican no doubt finds highly offensive since all of the solutions to the population problem undermine papal authority. This report appears in its entirety. Download 782 Kb PDF file

POPULATION AND CONFLICT: NEW DIMENSIONS OF POPULATION DYNAMICS; Policy Development Studies Number 8. In this report by United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) author Professor Nazli Choucri brings into focus the role of population dynamics in conflict manifestations. It also underscores the need to resolve population issues within a development framework if prosperity and peace for mankind are to be ensured.

Foreword from: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200 by Stephen D. Mumford

War and the Population Explosion: Some Ethical Implications. John M. Swomley gives evidence of the planetary population problem, the dynamics of the world’s population wars, the responsibility of the world’s “superpowers”, the new ethical dimension of war provided by the Roman Catholic Church’s world wide influence.  He argues that the solutions to overpopulation and disease lie with the United States and the American people requiring changes in our approach to social ethics and to our national politics. From: Christian Ethics Today, June 1998

President Nixon's "Special Message" on Population Marks the moment in 1969 when the President proposed creation of the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future. from: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200, Chapter 1 by Stephen D. Mumford

Introduction from: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200 by Stephen D. Mumford

The World Population Plan of Action (NSSM-200 refers to this) from: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200, Appendix 1 by Stephen D. Mumford

The NSSM 200 Directive and the Study Requested The 1974 Directive signed by Henry Kissinger on behalf of President Nixon, and the text of the study report, "Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests." from: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200, Chapter 3 - by Stephen D. Mumford

FATHER McCORMACK'S EXPOSÉ from: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200, Chapter 13 - by Stephen D. Mumford. Father Arthur McCormack was the Vatican consultant to the UN on population for 23 years until 1979 when he was replaced by Bishop James McHugh of New Jersey. He was probably the most knowledgeable man on the subject of population in the Catholic Church. McCormack's attack on the Vatican is the sharpest made to date on this topic. Given the forcefulness of his words, one must suspect that the Vatican and McCormack had access to a copy of NSSM 200.

NSSM 200 Study Report (full text of NSSM-200) from: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200, Appendix 2 by Stephen D. Mumford

National Security Study Memorandum 200: World Population Growth And U.S. Security delineates the development and major findings of this important study NSSM 200. Author Stephen D. Mumford reveals: “In March, 1970, the U.S. Congress created The Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, which completed its work in March 1972. Its final report offered more than 70 recommendations. Collectively, they constituted a detailed blueprint for a superb national population policy.”

And uncovers why this commission's final report was ignored.

“In the words of a Commission member, Congressman James Scheuer (D.-NY): "The reasons were obvious -- the fear of attacks from the far right and from the Roman Catholic Church because of our positions on family planning and abortion. With the benefit of hindsight, it is now clear that this obstruction was the first of many similar actions to come from high places."

Then Dr. Mumford goes on to describe the commissioning of the NSSM 200 study, its major findings and the Vatican’s responsibility in the failure to implement the study’s recommendations. From: The Social Contract, Vol. III, No. 2, Winter 1992-93

Overcoming Overpopulation: The Rise and Fall of American Political Will. Stephen D. Mumford describes the work of Vatican activists in undermining efforts to implement any population growth control policy by the US government and how Catholic bishops issued their Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities just six days before President Ford made the NSSM 200 report public policy. He shows the plan as a frank and superbly detailed blueprint of the bishops' strategy for infiltrating and manipulating the American democratic process at the national, state and local levels. This report details the three-pronged attack, one devoted to each of the three branches of our federal government: legislative, judicial, and administrative. The purpose is to kill the political will of the United States to overcome the overpopulation problem. From: Free Inquiry, Spring 1994

EXCERPTS * FROM THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NSSM 200: HOW THE DESTRUCTION OF POLITICAL WILL DOOMED A U.S. POPULATION POLICY by Stephen Mumford reviews the history of US efforts to define, develop and implement a comprehensive population policy, as well as the work of Roman Catholics within the government to undermine the progress of important proposals. From selected passages of his book, Mumford gives examples of Vatican activists in and out of the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush administrations. Reagan’s “Catholic team” included devout Roman Catholics CIA chief William Casey, [Richard] Allen [Reagan’s first National Security Advisor], [William] Clark [Reagan’s second National Security Advisor], [Alexander] Haig [Secretary of State], [Vernon] Walters [Ambassador at Large] and William Wilson, Reagan’s first ambassador to the Vatican. This report also quotes Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, “The fact is that attacks on the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion - unless they are rebutted - effectively erode Church authority on all matters, indeed on the authority of God himself. "

Mumford clearly makes the case that: "Had the recommendations of NSSM 200 been implemented in 1975, the world would be very different today. The prospects would have improved for every nation and people to be significantly more secure. There would be less civil and regional warfare, less starvation and hunger, a cleaner environment and less disease, greater educational opportunities, expanded civil rights, especially for women, and a political climate more conducive to the expansion of democracy." FOCUS Vol. 8, No. 11998

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