Oil-Rich Islands to Russia
WND – Joe Miller – 2/16/2012
Part of Obama’s apparent war against
U.S. energy independence
includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens . Obama’s State
Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the
The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.
The State Department has undertaken the giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between
Alaska and Siberia.
Astoundingly, our federal government itself drew the line to put these seven
Alaskan islands on the Russian side. But as an executive agreement, it could be
reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary
The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of
was not allowed to participate in the
negotiations, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. This is
despite the fact the Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition –
but the State Department doesn’t seem to
Summary - Giveaway of 8
to the Russian
Governmetn American Alaskan Islands
In 1977 the Soviets eagerly accepted the concept of the proposed maritime boundary line,
but no formal agreement was reached until 1990. At least 10 rounds of secret negotiations
occurred through the Carter, Reagan, and Bush Administrations with no public, Congressional,
or State of
input sought by the State Department. According to State Department Alaska
documents, for 13 years the Soviets were demanding even more seabeds along the Bering
Sea part of the line. The Soviets wanted to draw the line as a "rhumb line", that is, a straight
line between the two end points on a flat mercator projection map, rather than an "arc of a
great circle", which is the shortest distance between two points on a sphere. The "rhumb line"
version would give the Soviets another 50,000 square miles of seabeds along the 1000-mile
length. Eventually, a compromise line was adopted in 1990. It also created unprecedented
"Special Eastern Areas" and "Special Western Areas", which allowed each government to
exercise sovereignty on the other's side of the maritime boundary line. At no time did the
State Department demand to keep the 8 American Alaskan islands and resource-rich
seabeds from the Soviets/Russians..
The eight American Alaskan islands include five in the
Arctic Oceanand three in the
Bering Sea. The history of the five Arctic islands present heroic achievements of American
exploration in the
Arctic. They could not have been acquired from the Russians in 1867,
inasmuch as the Russians had not even discovered or claimed them. The three in the
Bering Seawere acquired under the 1867 treaty.
Recommended Corrective Actions
1. Congress should pass legislation memorializing the policy that maritime
boundaries can be established only by treaty, and that if a maritime boundary affects a
state's territory, sovereignty, jurisdiction, or property interests, then the state must
participate in the negotiations and consent to the terms that affect the state.
2. Congress should hold hearings to require the State Department to reveal
(a) any and all actions, directives, and personnel involved in implementing its maritime
boundary executive agreement, and (b) any actions, directives, and personnel involved in
recognizing Russian control or sovereignty over Wrangell, Herald, Bennett, Jeannette,
or Sea Otter Rock or Sea Lion Rock. Copper Islands
3. The State Department should expand on the "Fact Sheet" on "Status of
Wrangell [sic] and Other
" to prove its assertions, and to revise its shortcomings. Arctic Islands
4. The State of
should sue the federal government to enforce its rights. Alaska
5. All other states should express their support for the State of
. If the State Alaska
Department is allowed to give away part of a state to a foreign power and to establish a
boundary between that state and a foreign country without that state's participation or consent,
then all states are in peril of losing their important federal status.
6. The Department of the Interior should evaluate the oil, gas, and other mineral
potential, and the Department of Commerce should evaluate the fishery potential for the
seabeds in the Bering Sea and
Arctic Oceanunder consideration, so that the value to the
American public can play an appropriate place in negotiations with the Russians.
7. The Department of State should renounce the executive agreement that Secretary
of State James A. Baker III signed. It should renegotiate a maritime boundary which reflects
that the American bargaining position that has improved substantially since 1990 vis-a-vis
the Russian government.
8. The Senate should renounce any vote on the proposed treaty, inasmuch as it
was not given a full and candid presentation by the State Department and was never informed
by the State Department from 1977-1990 of the negotiations so that Senate could exercise
its "advice" authority under the "advice and consent" clause of the Constitution.
9. Prosecutions should commence against all officials who have participated in
this giveaway, including all civil and criminal offenses of state and federal law.
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