Coalition to Preserve American Sovereignty

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The Coalition to Preserve American Sovereignty (CPAS) is an organization founded with the intent to derail U.S. ratification of The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. [1] CPAS prefers to call this Convention, "Law of the Sea Treaty", so they can give it the acronym, LOST.

A Front?

The CPAS website,, offers little information about who its members are. A whois lookup on the domain name, lists the domain owner as:, 15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, Scottsdale, Arizona; which is the preferred domain anonymizing business used by the largest ICANN-accredited Internet domain registrar, GoDaddy. The IP address for is and is a GoDaddy Server with over 6500 other domains served from it.

Resolving the CPAS Membership

Members of The Coalition to Preserve American Sovereignty are not identified directly on the website, but by checking the signatories on their published letters to The Senate, its composition can be inferred.

In an August 28, 2007 letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and in September 24, 2007 letters to the Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Intelligence, Homeland Security, Finance, Environment and Public Works and Judiciary Committees, the following signatories were listed:

Listed As Signatory on all Letters

Listed signatory on all but 1 letter

Not listed as Signatories on 2 or more letters

In an October 4, 2007 Letter to Senator Joseph Biden, the following former members of the Reagan Administration are also implied to be members:

Reagan Administration Members

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. and CPAS

In the CPAS letters to The Senate, its address is listed as:
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 201 Washington, DC 20006
This is the address for The Center for Security Policy [2], and Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is its president.

Also of note are a few more organizations that list the same address as theirs:

CPAS Members' Non-Disclosure

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