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CLIMATE CHANGE

Weather warfare
Beware the US military’s experiments with climatic warfare, says Michel Chossudovsky

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arely acknowledged in the banned ‘military or other hostile use of located either at or close to the HAARP site’.
debate on global climate change, environmental modification techniques having But Rosalie Bertell, president of the
the world’s weather can now be widespread, long-lasting or severe effects.’ International Institute of Concern for Public
modified as part of a new It defined ‘environmental modification Health, says HAARP operates as ‘a gigantic
generation of sophisticated techniques’ as ‘any technique for changing – heater that can cause major disruptions in the
electromagnetic weapons. Both the US and through the deliberate manipulation of natural ionosphere, creating not just holes, but long
Russia have developed capabilities to processes – the dynamics, composition or incisions in the protective layer that keeps
manipulate the climate for military use. structure of the earth, including its biota, deadly radiation from bombarding the planet’.
Environmental modification techniques lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, or Physicist Dr Bernard Eastlund called it ‘the
have been applied by the US military for more of outer space.’ largest ionospheric heater ever built’.
than half a century. US mathematician John While the substance of the 1977 Convention HAARP is presented by the US Air Force as a
von Neumann, in liaison with the US was reasserted in the UN Framework research programme, but military documents


Department of Defense, started his research Convention on Climate Change confirm its main objective is to ‘induce
on weather modification in the late 1940s at (UNFCCC) signed at the 1992 ionospheric modifications’ with
the height of the Cold War and foresaw ‘forms Earth Summit in Rio, debate a view to altering weather
of climatic warfare as yet unimagined’. on weather modification HAARP is a patterns and disrupting
During the Vietnam war, cloud-seeding for military use has weapon of mass communications and radar.
techniques were used, starting in 1967 under become a scientific According to a report
Project Popeye, the objective of which was to taboo. Military analysts destruction, capable by the Russian State
prolong the monsoon season and block enemy are mute on the subject. of destabilising Duma: ‘The US plans to
supply routes along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Meteorologists are not carry out large-scale
The US military has developed advanced investigating the matter agricultural and experiments under the
capabilities that enable it selectively to alter and environmentalists are ecological systems HAARP programme [and]
weather patterns. The technology, which is focused on greenhouse gas create weapons capable of
being perfected under the High-frequency emissions under the Kyoto globally breaking radio communication
Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), is Protocol. Neither is the possibility lines and equipment installed on
an appendage of the Strategic Defense Initiative of climatic or environmental manipulations as spaceships and rockets, provoke serious
– ‘Star Wars’. From a military standpoint, part of a military and intelligence agenda, accidents in electricity networks and in oil and
HAARP is a weapon of mass destruction, while tacitly acknowledged, part of the broader gas pipelines, and have a negative impact on
operating from the outer atmosphere and debate on climate change under UN auspices. the mental health of entire regions.’
capable of destabilising agricultural and An analysis of statements emanating from
ecological systems around the world. The HAARP Programme the US Air Force points to the unthinkable: the
Weather-modification, according to the US Established in 1992, HAARP, based in Gokona, covert manipulation of weather patterns,
Air Force document AF 2025 Final Report, Alaska, is an array of high-powered antennas communications and electric power systems
‘offers the war fighter a wide range of possible that transmit, through high-frequency radio as a weapon of global warfare, enabling the US
options to defeat or coerce an adversary’, waves, massive amounts of energy into the to disrupt and dominate entire regions.
capabilities, it says, extend to the triggering of ionosphere (the upper layer of the atmosphere). Weather manipulation is the pre-emptive
floods, hurricanes, droughts and earthquakes: Their construction was funded by the US Air weapon par excellence. It can be directed
‘Weather modification will become a part of Force, the US Navy and the Defense Advanced against enemy countries or ‘friendly nations’
domestic and international security and could Research Projects Agency (DARPA). without their knowledge, used to destabilise
be done unilaterally… It could have offensive Operated jointly by the Air Force Research economies, ecosystems and agriculture. It can
and defensive applications and even be used Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research, also trigger havoc in financial and commodity
for deterrence purposes. The ability to HAARP constitutes a system of powerful markets. The disruption in agriculture creates
18generate precipitation, fog and storms on antennas capable of creating ‘controlled local a greater dependency on food aid and
earth or to modify space weather… and the modifications of the ionosphere’. According to imported grain staples from the US and other
production of artificial weather all are a part its official website, www.haarp.alaska.edu, Western countries.
of an integrated set of [military] technologies.’ HAARP will be used ‘to induce a small, localized HAARP was developed as part of an Anglo-
In 1977, an international Convention was change in ionospheric temperature so physical American partnership between Raytheon
ratified by the UN General Assembly which reactions can be studied by other instruments Corporation, which owns the HAARP patents,

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and British Aerospace Systems (BAES). The


HAARP project is one among several
collaborative ventures in advanced weapons
making do
systems between the two defence giants.
The HAARP project was initiated in 1992 by
Advanced Power Technologies, Inc. (APTI), a
subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Corporation
The truth will out
(ARCO). APTI (including the HAARP patents)
was sold by ARCO to E-Systems Inc, in 1994.
E-Systems, on contract to the CIA and US
Department of Defense, outfitted the ‘Doomsday
Plan’, which ‘allows the President to manage a
T en months in and no
turning back, not even
secretly. I just can’t get
away with it.
Earlier this year I was
of a looming crisis. I don’t post
many letters but I can see I am
not going to make it to the end of
December with what I have left.
Apart from the shock of being
nuclear war’. Subsequently acquired by driving back from a day’s caught out by the man in the
Raytheon Corporation, it is among the largest recording on Scrapheap garage, it’s the fact that more
intelligence contractors in the World. Challenge and the car was people seem to be finding out
BAES was involved in the development of covered in dust from the location. I couldn’t about what I’m up to. Other than a little
the advanced stage of the HAARP antenna see out of the rear window, so when I video log on YouTube and this column, it’s
array under a 2004 contract with the Office of stopped to buy petrol (new thing, surely) I been for the most part an internal, personal
Naval Research. The installation of 132 high- also paid £2.50 for a drive-through car venture – but news of it has slowly leaked
frequency transmitters was entrusted by wash. A couple of days later someone left a out. When it was my birthday in March a
BAES to its US subsidiary, BAE Systems Inc. comment on my YouTube channel. It was neighbour gave me a beautiful art book. I
The project, according to a July report in the young man who had served me in the was really thrilled, never considering the
Defense News, was undertaken by BAES’s garage questioning whether a car wash fact that she had bought it. She then proudly
Electronic Warfare division. In September it counted as a buying something new. He was told me that, in keeping with my non-
received DARPA’s top award for technical very supportive of what I was trying to do, consumer stance, she didn’t buy it new; it
achievement for the design, construction and and merely having a little fun at my was one of her favourite old books. I was
activation of the HAARP array of antennas. expense. Busted! amazed and moved, as this woman shops
The HAARP system is fully operational and His comment started a little discussion more often than I knew was possible.
in many regards dwarfs existing conventional among the small group of people who have Then, yesterday, I was just walking out of
and strategic weapons systems. While there is been following my ‘making do’ project. The the local shop with some milk when another
no firm evidence of its use for military prevailing opinion seemed to be that a car neighbour told me she thought what I was
purposes, Air Force documents suggest HAARP wash was a service, not a consumer item, so doing was marvellous and wished me luck
is an integral part of the militarisation of maybe it was okay. with it. I have never spoken to her about it
space. One would expect the antennas already I am now trying to argue with myself and wonder if she heard through the high-
to have been subjected to routine testing. that stamps fall into the same category, as I speed communication device known as
Under the UNFCCC, the Intergovernmental am about to run out. I was lucky enough to village gossip. It’s possible that one of her
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a mandate have a small sheet of stamps left over from teenage sons has seen me on YouTube, but if
‘to assess scientific, technical and socio- last year’s Christmas cards and instead of my teenage son is anything to go by they
economic information relevant for the leaving them in the messy kitchen drawer are far more likely to be watching a man
understanding of climate change’. This where they traditionally reside, I secreted swearing at his cat. I was touched by what
mandate includes environmental warfare. them in my office. she said, but I’m really not sure why it
‘Geo-engineering’ is acknowledged, but the This has become something of an makes people feel this way. Maybe it’s more
underlying military applications are neither obsession: sticky tape, envelopes, A4 significant than I first realised; it


the object of policy analysis or scientific paper, batteries, all the things certainly has been for me.
research in the thousands of pages of IPCC that my wife and children Maybe I have finally
reports and supporting documents, based on occasionally pop into my learned that actions do
the expertise and input of some 2,500 scientists, office for have been Other than a video indeed speak louder
policymakers and environmentalists. secretly stashed log and this column, than words –
‘Climatic warfare’ potentially threatens the away. My usual something I will have
future of humanity, but has casually been snippy comment – this journey has been to try and apply in
excluded from the reports for which the IPCC ‘Go and buy your an internal, personal many other areas of
received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. own, I can’t buy any my life.
until January!’ – has venture – but news
Michel Chossudovsky is a Professor of not gone down well of it has slowly Robert Llewellyn is
Economics at the University of Ottawa and with my family. an author, actor and
an editor at the Centre for Research on So the stamp thing is a bit leaked out television presenter.
Globalization, www.globalresearch.ca

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