Antarctica is a very interesting place. It is a massive continent located over the Earth’s South Pole with no owner and no government. Twelve countries have made territorial claims there and 52 nations share international control over the frozen wasteland whose harsh climate appeals only to penguins and a few other hardy animals.
The Antarctic Treaty signed on December 1, 1959, and entered into force in 1961, mandated that Antarctica would be used solely for peaceful purposes, scientific research, and information sharing. At that time, seven countries (Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom) had already laid claims to territories there.
The international agreement also provided that “All areas of Antarctica, including all stations, installations and equipment within those areas…shall be open at all times to inspection.”
What’s more, all previous claims to Antarctic territory, which represents a whopping 10 percent of the total land mass on Earth, became null and void after the Antarctic Treaty was signed. This global experimental science lab continues year-round operations to this day.
Unless you follow conspiracy theories and topics of high strangeness – paranormal phenomena, notably Unidentified Flying Objects and extraterrestrials – you might not know that Antarctica has been flagged as a place of special interest by such researchers, many of whom are highly credible with advanced academic degrees.
I am such an investigator: rational, skeptical, and a computer scientist. Almost a year ago, I wrote about three super-strange Antarctic conspiracies and why some people “in the know” believe they may well be true:
- German Nazis Built a Base under the Antarctic Ice
- There are Big Pyramids Buried in Antarctic Ice
- Other Earth Species and/or Aliens Have a Portal to their Underworld in Antarctica
Antarctica pops in and out of the mainstream news. On September 15, 1999, former U.S. President Bill Clinton paid an official visit to the American Antarctic Deep Freeze Base in Christchurch, New Zealand.
While working as a contractor to Raytheon Polar Services in the Denver area from May to August 2005, I found out that Christchurch is the closest airstrip to the U.S. science station at McMurdo. Situated on Ross Island, McMurdo is also the world’s most southernly solid ground accessible by ships.
Clinton toured the American base in Christchurch as well as the nearby International Antarctic Center. He also addressed the staffers at McMurdo using a then-new internet connection. The American politician concluded his Christchurch sojourn with a big speech about the environment and the Antarctic to 5,000 people there which was televised in New Zealand.
From November 17 to mid-December 2013, Britain’s Prince Harry joined the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge (SPAC) charity fundraiser as a member of one of three teams from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth of Nations composed of men and women injured by performing military service. These service personnel actually raced 355km (220mi) from Novolazarevskaya Station in Antarctica to the geographic South Pole.
The SPAC was reportedly “designed to raise awareness about wounded warriors in the U.S. and abroad, specifically those coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The frigid multi-team expedition was also touted as highlighting “the extraordinary courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving their countries and to draw attention to the need to help in their career transition.”
Such a justification for a very expensive and difficult enterprise raises more questions than it answers. As one observer wrote, “Frankly, a parade down main street would have been more effective, and therefore I question the story, not that the expedition didn’t happen, but rather, I question the explanation of why it happened.”
The following year, Spain’s King Juan Carlos “fulfilled a long-time ambition in January, 2004 when he finally visited the two Spanish scientific bases in the Antarctic.”
The complete tally of royalty and notables who have undertaken the arduous journey to Antarctica might just surprise you:
- Rudolf Hess (sponsor of 1938-39 Nazi Expedition)
- Herman Goering (sponsor of 1938-39 Nazi Expedition)
- Admiral Richard Byrd (visitor from 1928 to 1956 and leader of the 1947 Operation High Jump who was quoted in El Mercurio of Santiago de Chile about how the U.S. was making defensive preparations against “enemy fighters that can fly from pole to pole with tremendous speed”)
- K. Prince Harry (2013 visitor on a charity fundraiser to highlight wounded soldiers and difficult career transitions)
- King Juan Carlos of Spain (2014 visitor and thrill-seeker checking off an item on his bucket list)
- Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow Kiril (2016 visitor who blessed an Orthodox chapel)
- S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2016 visitor said to be seeking information about climate change)
- S. Apollo 11 Moon astronaut Buzz Aldrin (2016 visitor who tweeted about getting ready to “go to the launchpad” and who subsequently had to be evacuated and quarantined)
In July 2017, news that massive ice shelves in western Antarctica were calving off and falling into the sea surfaced. Could this have something to do with the VIP visitors between 2013 and 2016?
It is this very question that I will address in a near-future article about strange doings in Antarctica.