Plan to Islamize America hits top spot

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‘Only difference between guys in suits and guys with AK-47s is timing and tactics’

Muslim Mafia

“Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America” by Paul Sperry and P. David Gaubatz is poised to rattle Washington with its revelations about the history, the activities and the goals of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and now is the No. 1 best-seller at the WND Superstore.

The book is based on the work of an undercover volunteer who worked at CAIR operations and was able to obtain access to thousands of actual documents generated by the organization that lobbies on behalf of Muslims.

Among other revelations included in the book that cites CAIR’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood is a report from an FBI official in Washington who describes how the Brotherhood and al-Qaida share the same goals but use different methods to achieve them.

“The only difference between the guys in the suits and the guys with the AK-47s is timing and tactics,” the book quotes the official confirming.

Earlier this year, the FBI severed ties to CAIR, citing evidence the group’s leaders were participating in an “ongoing” conspiracy to support terrorists.

The book has all the elements of a top-flight mystery novel, but the situations and conversations are real. Its allegations, frightening to many readers, are supported by more than 12,000 pages of confidential, internal CAIR documents secretly extracted during the undercover operation.

The trail of information provided by the investigation and documented in the book reveals the “insidious and well-funded efforts of the seditious Muslim Brotherhood under the nonprofit guise of CAIR to fully support the international jihad against the United States.”

The goal, the book explains, is the transformation of American society from within.

The hope is, the book said, “to accomplish this through terrorist activities, fraud, and infiltration of our political and intelligence systems.”

The book reveals:

  • Which politicians are given money by CAIR.
  • How Capitol Hill staffers are strategically placed by CAIR.
  • Why FBI bonuses are paid to agents who are nice to CAIR.
  • Why our government is afraid to reveal what they really know about CAIR.
  • How CAIR has compromised our intelligence systems.
  • How CAIR is secretly working with government officials to ban the Patriot Act to make future attacks against our country even easier.

In second place is “America for Sale: Fighting the New World Order, Surviving a Global Depression, and Preserving USA Sovereignty” by Jerome Corsi.

America for sale

He writes how between President George W. Bush‘s “new world order” and the unprecedented governmental growth and massive redistribution of wealth under President Barack Obama, the United States risks losing the greatest middle class ever created in the history of the world.

He blows the whistle on a movement to undercut the fundamental principles of limited government that our Founding Fathers fought for and died for trying to establish, describing how as policy-makers manipulate the current economic panic to advance a globalist agenda that threatens American sovereignty, citizens must protect their independence and self-governing nation.

The globalists’ plan to put America on the chopping block is explained.

“While the radical Left promotes socialism and the radical Right champions unbridled free trade, valuable jobs are being outsourced, national borders erased, and the dollar destroyed before our very eyes,” he warns.

In third place is the “RECYCLE CONGRESS” Magnetic Bumper Sticker, which states a goal for the coming 2010 mid-term congressional elections – and perhaps more in 2012.

Recycle Congress

Like other WND bumper stickers, this is magnetic and permanent yet removable.

It fits perfectly on a bumper, a file cabinet or a refrigerator – or any other magnetic surface.

Here are the Shop.WND.com, WND’s online Superstore, top sellers for Oct. 13-18.

  1. “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America” – (Autographed) (Hardcover)
    By Paul Sperry and P. David Gaubatz
  2. :”America for Sale: Fighting the New World Order, Surviving a Global Depression, and Preserving USA Sovereignty” – (Autographed) (Hardcover)
    By Jerome Corsi
  3. “RECYCLE CONGRESS” Magnetic Bumper Sticker
  4. “For The Record: I’M NOT CRAZY” – (DVD)
    By Molotov Mitchell
  5. “SEND CONGRESS A PINK SLIP” Magnetic Bumper Sticker
  6. The Annals of the World” (soft cover)
  7. “YOU LIE!” Magnetic Bumper Sticker
  8. “Where’s The Birth Certificate” Magnetic Bumper Sticker
  9. “The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast” – (Autographed) (Hardcover)
    By Joel Richardson
  10. “UNDOCUMENTED WORKER” Magnetic Bumper Sticker

This list does not include WND’s two sister publications – Whistleblower magazine and Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin – always among the best-selling products in Shop.WND.com. If you’re not subscribing to these two great companions to WND, you’re missing out on the best monthly magazine and the best weekly, online intelligence newsletter in the world.

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Iraq’s WMD Secreted in Syria, General Sada Says

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Retired Iraqi General Georges Sada

The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein‘s air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.

The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, “Saddam’s Secrets,” released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.

“There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands,” Mr. Sada said. “I am confident they were taken over.”

Mr. Sada’s comments come just more than a month after Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, told the Sun that Saddam “transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria.”

Democrats have made the absence of stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq a theme in their criticism of the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in 2003. And President Bush himself has conceded much of the point; in a televised prime-time address to Americans last month, he said, “It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong.”

Said Mr. Bush, “We did not find those weapons.”

The discovery of the weapons in Syria could alter the American political debate on the Iraq war. And even the accusations that they are there could step up international pressure on the government in Damascus. That government, led by Bashar Assad, is already facing a U.N. investigation over its alleged role in the assassination of a former prime minister of Lebanon. The Bush administration has criticized Syria for its support of terrorism and its failure to cooperate with the U.N. investigation.

The State Department recently granted visas for self-proclaimed opponents of Mr. Assad to attend a “Syrian National Council” meeting in Washington scheduled for this weekend, even though the attendees include communists, Baathists, and members of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group to the exclusion of other, more mainstream groups.

Mr. Sada, 65, told the Sun that the pilots of the two airliners that transported the weapons of mass destruction to Syria from Iraq approached him in the middle of 2004, after Saddam was captured by American troops.

“I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. We trust each other. We are friends as pilots,” Mr. Sada said of the two pilots. He declined to disclose their names, saying they are concerned for their safety. But he said they are now employed by other airlines outside Iraq.

The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded materials onto the planes, he said, including “yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel.” The pilots said there was also a ground convoy of trucks.

The flights – 56 in total, Mr. Sada said – attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002.

“Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming,” Mr. Sada said. “They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians.”

Mr. Sada said that the Iraqi official responsible for transferring the weapons was a cousin of Saddam Hussein named Ali Hussein al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali.” The Syrian official responsible for receiving them was a cousin of Bashar Assad who is known variously as General Abu Ali, Abu Himma, or Zulhimawe.

Short of discovering the weapons in Syria, those seeking to validate Mr. Sada’s claim independently will face difficulty. His book contains a foreword by a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, David Eberly, who was a prisoner of war in Iraq during the first Gulf War and who vouches for Mr. Sada, who once held him captive, as “an honest and honorable man.”

In his visit to the Sun yesterday, Mr. Sada was accompanied by Terry Law, the president of a Tulsa, Oklahoma based Christian humanitarian organization called World Compassion. Mr. Law said he has known Mr. Sada since 2002, lived in his house in Iraq and had Mr. Sada as a guest in his home in America. “Do I believe this man? Yes,” Mr. Law said. “It’s been solid down the line and everything checked out.”

Said Mr. Law, “This is not a publicity hound. This is a man who wants peace putting his family on the line.”

Mr. Sada acknowledged that the disclosures about transfers of weapons of mass destruction are “a very delicate issue.” He said he was afraid for his family. “I am sure the terrorists will not like it. The Saddamists will not like it,” he said.

He thanked the American troops. “They liberated the country and the nation. It is a liberation force. They did a great job,” he said. “We have been freed.”

He said he had not shared his story until now with any American officials. “I kept everything secret in my heart,” he said. But he is scheduled to meet next week in Washington with Senators Sessions and Inhofe, Republicans of, respectively, Alabama and Oklahoma. Both are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The book also says that on the eve of the first Gulf War, Saddam was planning to use his air force to launch a chemical weapons attack on Israel.

When, during an interview with the Sun in April 2004, Vice President Cheney was asked whether he thought that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction had been moved to Syria, Mr. Cheney replied only that he had seen such reports.

An article in the Fall 2005 Middle East Quarterly reports that in an appearance on Israel’s Channel 2 on December 23, 2002, Israel’s prime minister, Ariel Sharon, stated, “Chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria.” The allegation was denied by the Syrian government at the time as “completely untrue,” and it attracted scant American press attention, coming as it did on the eve of the Christmas holiday.

The Syrian ruling party and Saddam Hussein had in common the ideology of Baathism, a mixture of Nazism and Marxism.

Syria is one of only eight countries that has not signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty that obligates nations not to stockpile or use chemical weapons. Syria’s chemical warfare program, apart from any weapons that may have been received from Iraq, has long been the source of concern to America, Israel, and Lebanon. In March 2004, the director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying, “Damascus has an active CW development and testing program that relies on foreign suppliers for key controlled chemicals suitable for producing CW.”

The CIA’s Iraq Survey Group acknowledged in its September 30, 2004, “Comprehensive Report,” “we cannot express a firm view on the possibility that WMD elements were relocated out of Iraq prior to the war. Reports of such actions exist, but we have not yet been able to investigate this possibility thoroughly.”

Mr. Sada is an unusual figure for an Iraqi general as he is a Christian and was not a member of the Baath Party. He now directs the Iraq operations of the Christian humanitarian organization, World Compassion.

Note:  This article was originally published in 2006.

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Bush Embraces Obama’s Socialism


By Cliff Kincaid

If Bush doesn’t know what’s going on, those on the international Left certainly do.

In one of the few tough media interviews of the Democratic ticket, veteran WFTV-Channel 9 (Orlando, Florida) anchor-reporter Barbara West grilled Joe Biden about Barack Obama’s “Marxist” views on the economy. West, who compared Obama’s “spread the wealth around” comment to the ideology of Karl Marx, should be congratulated for bringing one of the key issues to the forefront of the campaign. Needless to say, the Obama-Biden campaign is outraged that a reporter had the audacity to even mention any of this.

The point was that Obama is a socialist. Biden called the accusation “ridiculous.”

The problem for the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin is that their fellow Republican, President George W. Bush, may do more damage to American-style capitalism during his last months in office than Obama could ever do in a four-year term as president.

In short, we already have a socialist president―and his name is Bush.

Bush’s latest scheme, as he explained in his Saturday radio address, is a November 15 “international summit,” including the United Nations Secretary-General, to “begin developing principles of reform for regulatory bodies and institutions related to our financial sectors.” This is bureaucratic doublespeak for what has been called “global governance.” Some may fear with good reason that world government and global taxes are on the way in and U.S. sovereignty is on the way out.

Kept hidden from the American people is the fact that the U.N., under its new General Assembly President, Miguel D’Escoto, a sort of Jeremiah Wright on a global level, is working to take advantage of the continuing crisis.

D’Escoto is the renegade Catholic Priest and former foreign minister of Communist Sandinista Nicaragua who advocates Marxist-oriented liberation theology and won the Lenin Peace Prize from the old Soviet Union. He is in a position to influence the conduct of Bush’s “international summit” and may even show up there.

D’Escoto says that “there is growing recognition that the current financial turmoil cannot be solved through piecemeal responses at the national and regional level but requires coordinated global efforts that should be led by the United Nations,” according to an Associated Press story. This means it has to be a U.N.-managed or supervised process, in order to loot the U.S. and benefit the rest of the world.

Bush’s “international summit” fits perfectly into D’Escoto’s anti-American plans.

Killing Capitalism

Bush insists that the nations at this summit must “recommit to the fundamentals of long-term economic growth―free markets, free enterprise, and free trade.” He has got to be kidding.

While mouthing platitudes about free enterprise, Bush has already authorized several socialist-style schemes, including a $700-billion “bailout” of Wall Street, nationalization of mortgage companies, massive subsidies to American International Group (AIG), and the federal government taking ownership stakes in big banks. The estimated cost is already $1.8 trillion―more than $17,000 per American household.

It is important to note that none of this has stabilized the financial system, although that is what we were told by the media would happen.

It is also newsworthy that Bush has escaped criticism from McCain and Palin for “spreading the wealth around.” Perhaps this is because McCain voted for this Bush brand of socialism. Of course, so did Obama.

It is time for the conservative media to hold the Republican ticket accountable for their president’s embrace of socialism.

Chris Wallace Grills McCain

On October 19, an effort was made in this regard. McCain appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and was asked about socialism by host Chris Wallace. McCain said he was against it. “I believe in wealth creation by Joe the Plumber,” McCain said.

Wallace shot back: But, Senator, you voted for the $700-billion bailout that’s being used partially to nationalize American banks. Isn’t that socialism?”

McCain answered: “That is reacting to a crisis that’s due to greed and excess in Washington.” He went on to say that “They’re bailing out the banks. They’re bailing out these institutions.”

“But you voted for that,” Wallace countered. “Of course,” McCain replied. “It was a package that had to be enacted because the economy was about to go into the tank.”

So McCain is critical of a socialist scheme he voted for! No wonder his criticism of Obama’s socialism is starting to ring hollow.

On Saturday, as Bush was verbally promoting adherence to free market principles, the major media were reporting that the administration’s socialist financial takeover plan was now being dramatically expanded into taking financial stakes in insurance companies. This is another desperate sign that things continue to get worse.

Our media are still calling all of this a “bailout” or a “rescue.” They don’t want to use the accurate word “socialism.” It’s as if they don’t want the American people to realize that everything their ancestors fought and died for is being frittered away.

Mysterious Meltdown

Incredibly, we have no definitive explanation of why a global financial crisis suddenly materialized just six weeks before U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Instead, controversial hedge fund operators like George Soros, an Obama backer who was convicted of insider trading in France and was in the news earlier this year for his possible role in betting on a U.S. economic collapse, have largely escaped scrutiny.

“The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is scheduled to hold a hearing about regulation next month with five hedge fund managers,” including Soros, the New York Times reported last Wednesday. Soros is one of several hedge fund operators who reportedly made more than $1 billion last year. But this hearing could occur after the elections and after the Soros-supported Democrats take the White House and increase their numbers in Congress.

Soros is being treated deferentially by such media personalities as Bill Moyers of the Public Broadcasting Service and Fareed Zakaria of CNN.

“In the interest of full disclosure,” declared Moyers before his Soros interview, “you should know that I served three years on the board of George Soros’ foundation, the Open Society Institute, dealing with such issues as a free press, the rule of law, and human rights. But I’ve had no involvement in his political activities and nothing to do with his business interests unfortunately.”

No involvement in his political activities? The Open Society Institute was designed to promote his political activities. Who does Moyers think he’s kidding?

While the media and Congress seem reluctant to get to the bottom of what really happened, Bush participates in a masquerade of his own, giving lip service to capitalism while his administration takes us down the road of socialism. He seems to be acting like a puppet of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the “Armand Hammer of Communist China,” as Frank Gaffney once described him, alluding to the businessman who did favors for the Soviets. China’s reported role in pulling the plug on the U.S. financial system, and Paulson’s demand that he be given the ability to bail out foreign banks in China holding U.S. assets, cry out for media scrutiny. But Bush went along with Paulson’s plan, which might be viewed as a comedy of errors were it not for the fact that many Americans are losing their life savings.

There was only one problem with the Bush/Paulson plan―socialism doesn’t work.

Now, having failed on the domestic level to “rescue” the economy or anything else, Bush is counting on the “international community,” largely populated by socialists, communists and assorted dictators, to figure everything out. This is one mistake on top of many others. But this mistake could not only compound the problem but leave us in the grip of global elites who intend to loot our wealth and savings to an even greater degree.

If Bush doesn’t know what’s going on, those on the international Left certainly do.

Taking it to the Next Level

Calling the global financial crisis an “historic opportunity,” a coalition of “progressive” individuals, social movements and non-governmental organizations met in Beijing on October 15 and issued a statement urging the “radical economic transformation” of the global economy. They advocate a “global taxation system,” including what are known as “Tobin taxes, on the movements of speculative capital,” and “stringent progressive carbon taxes on those [nations] with the biggest carbon footprints.”

Of course, U.S. taxpayers will be hardest hit by any such scheme.

Their plan also includes phasing out the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency and establishing “a people’s inquiry into the mechanisms necessary for a just international monetary system.”

They intend to bring the U.S. into a system of international socialism, with new and more powerful global agencies deciding our economic and financial fate. We will pay for the international bureaucrats and foreign elites to rule us. It will mark the end of the American system of self-government.

At the same time, the Left wants to make sure that “aid transfers do not fall as a result of the crisis.” Foreign aid must not only continue, they say, it must be expanded. The primary vehicle for this is the Millennium Development Goals project of the United Nations, whereby nations such as the U.S. are supposed to provide .7 percent of their Gross National Product (GNP) in foreign aid.

The hope of the international Left is that Bush’s November 15 summit can be manipulated to provide a cover for forcing the U.S. and the other nations to agree to global socialist proposals to manage the world economy.

Here’s what they say: “The past few months have seen one of the most significant financial crises in North American and European history. The response was just as historic. To stave off regional and global recessions and restore stability and confidence in the market, northern governments are pursuing a massive and unprecedented program of government intervention, nationalizing banks, injecting massive subsidies into ailing institutions and re-regulating their financial sectors.”

But they want to go further. The new process must be “inclusive and participatory of all governments of the world,” they say. This is globalism gone mad.

Setting the Stage for Obama

Their point man is Joseph Stiglitz, who won the Nobel Prize in 2001 and is now a Columbia University professor. Stiglitz has been appointed by D’Escoto to chair a high-level U.N. task force to review the global financial system.

His first book, Globalization and its Discontents, was praised by George Soros as “Penetrating, insightful…. A seminal work that must be read.” In it, Stiglitz suggested that while a global tax on currency transactions, the so-called Tobin Tax, was being seriously studied in Europe, it might involve serious “implementation problems.” But with his subsequent book, Making Globalization Work, those problems have vanished, as he argues for a variety of global tax schemes that would cost American taxpayers billions of dollars.

Stiglitz, a financial contributor to Obama’s presidential campaign and major backer of the national Democratic Party, is in a perfect position to guide the transition into a global socialist economy.

On October 23, at a U.N. meeting, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Stiglitz to discuss the financial crisis and the November 15 global summit. One of the other economists in attendance was Jeffrey Sachs, also of Columbia University, and the head of the U.N. office that supervises foreign aid commitments and contributions to the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Sachs has estimated that the U.S. is short by $65 billion-a-year in foreign aid, which adds up to $845 billion over the 13-year period during which nations are supposed to attain the MDGs. Through references to various U.N. resolutions and conferences, as well as the MDGs, Obama’s Global Poverty Act is designed to make the U.S. comply with the requirement of .7 percent of GNP being provided for “official development assistance.” Sachs has stated openly that a global tax will be necessary to force the U.S. to come up with the money.

At the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in September, Obama reaffirmed his own “embracing” of the MDGs and noted, “This will take more resources from the United States, and as President I will increase our foreign assistance to provide them.” On top of that, Obama supports the Jubilee Act, which would cancel as much as $75 billion of third world debt. That adds up to $920 billion more in taxpayer money on top of the estimated $1.8 trillion in national and domestic spending to deal with the current crisis.

We are facing the bankruptcy of the United States.

McCain hasn’t officially endorsed the Global Poverty Act or the Jubilee Act. But both have passed the House of Representatives and both were also approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, headed by Obama running mate and Senator Joseph Biden. This is the same Joe Biden who denies that his running mate is a socialist.

The irony is that the same socialist process begun by the Republican president, Bush, could be dramatically expanded under a Democratic President, Obama. This time, the “bailouts” and “rescues” will be global in nature and used to benefit the rest of the world, using U.S. tax dollars.

The inevitable result will be global government financed by global taxes. The last time this was tried in America was when King George attempted to impose taxes on what became the founders of the greatest country in human history, the United States of America.

The cry of “no taxation without representation” led to a revolution.


Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at cliff.kincaid@aim.org

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Oil? Ah, let Russia have it

State Department gives away 125,000 square miles of Alaskan ocean floor

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Even if Congress follows President Bush’s lead in opening off-shore oil exploration, there exist over 125,000 square miles of sea bottom that won’t be explored, because the State Department – amid controversy and against the will of Alaskans – has surrendered the land to Russia.

Eight islands and their surrounding sea floors were ceded to the former Soviet Union as part of the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Maritime Boundary Treaty in 1991, a treaty signed by the U.S. Senate and President George Bush but never ratified by the Soviets. Nonetheless, an executive agreement enforcing the terms of the treaty until ratification has been in place through three presidencies, meaning the State Department officially recognizes the islands as Russian territory.

Alaskan legislators, who were given no input or authority on the island giveaway, have long protested the treaty, declaring it null and void without Russian ratification.

And since last week’s U.S. Geological Survey estimating that 90 billion barrels of oil lie undiscovered and technically recoverable above the Arctic Circle, those 125,000 square miles of seabed have taken on newly appreciated value. Five of the islands lie north of the Artic Circle, and the other three sit at the western end of Alaska‘s Aleutian island chain.

Carl Olson, a retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and chairman of State Department Watch, a nonpartisan foreign policy watchdog group, explained to WND the significance of the State Department’s stance: “The area off the coast of an island that a nation may use is called the exclusive economic zone. The group in charge of defining that is the State Department. So (the president and Congress) can say the off-shore areas are opened up, but still not recognize these quarter of a million square miles available for American oil exploration.”

Alaska state Rep. John B. Coghill told WND earlier, “The issues involve not only state sovereignty over vital territories but also significant national defense concerns and substantial economic losses over fisheries and petroleum.”

The Alaskan legislature and a sympathetic California legislature have both passed resolutions asking Congress to allow Alaska at the bargaining table with Russia to resolve the islands’ ownership. After almost 20 years of official protests, the U.S. State Department has yet to acknowledge Alaska’s arguments.

“It’s totally anti-public, anti-Congress, anti-state actions – but unfortunately the State Department thinks it has the power to adopt this boundary line with the Russians without anybody’s consent outside themselves, ” Olson told WND. “The State Department is basically chopping off a piece of Alaska and giving it to a foreign government without Alaska having any say in it.”

The lands in dispute include the islands of Herald, Bennett, Henrietta, Jeanette, Copper Island, Sea Lion Rock, Sea Otter Rock, and Wrangel, which is the largest of the eight, roughly the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, including the Aleutian Islands, which presumably would include Copper Island, Sea Otter Rock and Sea Lion Rock. In 1881, U.S. Captain Calvin L. Hooper landed on Wrangel Island and claimed it for the U.S. Also in 1881, the U.S. Navy claimed the islands of Bennett, Jeannette, and Henrietta. The British held Herald Island, but they gave up that claim, permitting the U.S. to take it.

American citizens had occupied Wrangel Island from approximately 1881 to 1924, when Russian soldiers landed and forcibly removed the American occupants from its shores. The Russians then reportedly used the island as a concentration camp.

Many Alaskan legislators believe the islands were part of their state, even after the Wrangel invasion, though the U.S. State Department officially disagrees. Without a ratified treaty designating them as Russian, those same legislators and Carl Olson believe the islands still are American territory and can be reverted to the U.S. easily.

The only thing binding the islands to Russia is “in the form of an executive agreement,” Olson told WND, “which means it can be changed with the stroke of a pen by the president, because it has no force of law.”

“We have been steadily maintaining the pressure,” said Olson. “It’s just a matter of finding sympathetic people in Washington and the other states to go for it. There’s plenty of organizations who have endorsed our efforts, so we keep up the drumbeat.”

Coghill has also sought the support of other states, claiming that the federal State Department has overstepped its authority in giving away a state’s land. “If they can do this to Alaska,” he warns, “they can do this to any state.”

U.S. State Department officials did not return WND telephone calls to discuss the matter, but a State Department webpage devoted to the island controversy denies that islands were ever claimed by the United States and explains that though the treaty between the U.S. and Russian Federation was never fully ratified, “In a separate exchange of diplomatic notes, the two countries agreed to apply the agreement provisionally.”

The webpage concludes, “The U.S. has no intention of reopening discussion of the 1990 Maritime Boundary Treaty.”

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