(Max Liberty/TeaParty.org) – Washington looks the other way to the Russian land grab of U.S. territory. Did Obama and Prime Minister of Russia Medvedev secretly discuss the land grab? It seems the National Geographic boosts giveaway of US/Alaskan Wrangell Island to Putin’s Russia with grossly false article.
National Geographic’s May issue sported an incredibly false story about the US/Alaskan Wrangell Island in the Arctic Ocean. The falsehoods boost the giveaway to the Russians of Wrangell Island and its 200-nm resource rich seabeds. The Obama/Kerry State Department actively supports the giveaway.[i]
National Geographic is risking its general renown for accuracy by publishing this patent propaganda piece. The editors should be ashamed of themselves for failing to fact-check most everything.
Here are just some of the crucial false/misleading statements:
1. The article’s title “Russian Refuge–[sic]Wrangel Island is a Haven…” has two major errors. Wrangell Island is not Russian territory; it is Russian-occupied American territory. The island was named in honor of Baron Ferdinand von Wrangell. He was not a Russian, but rather a Balt, and his family spelled the name with 2 Ls. He was hired by the Russian government to explore, but, as the article correctly said, he did not even sight Wrangell Island.
2. The map has several errors/omissions. It fails to show the tallest mountain Berry Peak and the biggest river Clark River at whose mouth on the eastern end of the island was the definitive landing the U.S. Revenue Marine ship Corwin made to incorporate Wrangell into the United States in 1881. These and other American names such as Rodgers Cove, Evans Point, etc. are expected as they were named after the Americans who brought this island into America or their higher-ups in the chain of command. Wrangell is the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.
3. The joint expedition of USS Jeannette between the U. S. Navy and the publisher of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett was a spectacular success for American exploration. USS Jeannette did drift by Wrangell Island without landing in 1879, and after two years of drifting northwest in the icebergs came to three islands in 1881 which were claimed for the U.S.: Bennett, Jeannette (his sister), and Henrietta (his mother). They are referred to as the DeLong Islands after the ship’s captain George Washington DeLong. USS Jeannette did not then just “sank”. The crew departed south in three whale-type boats. Two of three made it to the Russian mainland at the Lena River delta. One of the two were rescued by local Russians; the other with DeLong landed but went off in another direction, and he and his part of the crew died of starvation. DeLong was eventually found clutching the ship’s log highlighting in red ink the finding of the three islands for America. This became front page news in the U.S. Great welcome home ceremonies. Congressional hearings. The crew eventually awarded gold Congressional medals. The story is recounted in great detail in “Icebound” by Leonard Guttridge, published by the Naval Institute Press.
4. In August 1881, it was not just any “steamer” involved. It was a U.S. Revenue Marine ship Thomas Corwin (predecessor of Coast Guard, and under the command of Treasury Department). John Muir was not a U.S. government officer but was an enthusiastic guest observer, who did recount the landing with his illustrations in “The Cruise of the Corwin”. The U.S. officers in the landing party did all the right things which brought this uninhabited island into American territory. The Russians NEVER disputed this either then or now.
5. Within a week after the initial landing, USS Rodgers (commanded by Lt. Berry) did a complete survey of the island.
6. Muir did not publish “the first description of [sic] Wrangell”. Rather the officials in the Navy and Revenue Marine made extensive reports, maps, and suggestions to Congress and others in Washington. Congress accepted the wonderful addition. Numerous news stories, it was incorporated into all the necessary American territory records.
7. Much action took place in and around Wrangell from 1881 into the 1920s: Hollywood movie shoots, polar bear hunts, and a settlement by owners of Wrangell properties. This included a reindeer herding business owned by the Lomen Brothers, Carl and Ralph, prominent officials in Nome.
8. In 1924 a Soviet/Russian gunship Red Oktober invaded the island, captured the Americans working for the Lomen Brothers, and took them off eventually to Harbin–where they were repatriated to the U.S. This occupation continues to this day–a very sad day. The U.S. government had no government to complain to about the invasion in 1924, inasmuch as it did not recognize the Soviet government, but rather the Kerensky government as the legitimate government of Russia. The State Department has continued to this day to obscure the occupation, and to make it into a de facto giveaway. Perhaps due to embarrassment or weakness.
9. The facts show that Wrangell is American; not because “certain jingoistic groups in the United States”, including a “Tea Party blogger”, say so. The facts say so. The State Department’s neglect is a de facto giveaway. The State legislatures of Alaska and California, plus numerous national groups, have fought to stop the giveaway by passing resolutions.
10. As for resources, they are vast, not ”is not known to have substantial oil reserves”. The Department of the Interior estimates the oil and gas reserves in the Chukchi Sea are in the billions of barrels. Also, fisheries in the hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. The oil and gas may be on land, but more likely within the 200-nm Exclusive Economic Zone around the island that is part of the giveaway.
11. Among other uses of Wrangell, the Soviets/Russians established three gulag concentration camps which were operated for decades with numerous deaths.
12. The sad giveaway story was initiated by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1977 when he unilaterally announced to the Soviets–in some ‘detente’ concession–that the U.S. would recognize a maritime boundary between the U.S. and the Soviet Union as including a line from the Bering Strait proceeding due north–with Wrangell and its EEZ being on the Soviet side. This was a secret declaration that was not revealed to Congress, the State of Alaska, or the general public. Thus the State Department has saddled itself with an entirely fabricated story of “no claim” to Wrangell. The good things are that the truth can overcome these missteps.
National Geographic should quickly redeem its name by seeking out the facts and republishing the article with the truth. It should not be aiding the cabal of Putin’s Russia and the Obama/Kerry State Department.[ii]
The giveaway is not confined only to Wrangell Island and its EEZ. It also includes Bennett, Jeannette, and Henrietta Islands in the Arctic, and Copper Island, Sea Lion Rock, and Sea Otter Rock at the western end of the Aleutian chain.[iii]
When will The Obama administration tell the American people that they are not only giving away our rights, but our land as well!
Citizenship is running on empty.
Resources – Max Liberty is a senior writer on the Tea Party Research team.
[ii] The best source of facts is the website: www.statedepartmentwatch.org. It has photos of gulags, Kissinger cables of concession, numerous resolutions of opposition to the giveaway by States of Alaska and California and by national organizations, Department of Interior estimates of the billions of barrels of oil and gas, hundreds of documents in the Congressional Record, etc.