The U.S. Military's Plans to
Alter The Northern Ionosphere
The U.S. government is constructing a military radio physics research facility in a remote part of Alaska.
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will enhance the U.S. military's long-range radio communications and surveillance by injecting high-frequency radio energy into the fluctuating ionosphere, 50 to 800 kilometres above the earth.
Although HAARP's use of high-frequency radio energy or "heat" into the ionosphere could have serious global repercussions, no concrete knowledge exists about the impact of these enormous amounts of energy being injected into the upper atmosphere. Rather, HAARP is an on-going experiment designed to modify and manage the ionosphere to suit military purposes without serious consideration about the consequences.
The high-frequency radio waves will then create enormous extremely low frequency (ELF) virtual antennas. ELF radio waves will enable the U.S. Air Force and Navy to communicate with submerged submarines and distinguish nuclear warheads from decoys. In addition, the HAARP facility, when complete, will contain a large array of sensing and analysis systems, clustered around an ionosheric research instrument (IRI). The IRI will be able to temporarily modify portions of the upper atmosphere by heating the atmosphere's electrons with beams of powerful high-frequency radio energy. Heating regions of the lower and upper ionosphere forms virtual "lenses" and "mirrors" that can reflect a broad range of radio frequencies for detecting stealth missiles and aircraft.
One environmental study by the U.S. Air Force has found that IRI transmissions can raise the internal body temperature of nearby people, ignite road flares in the trunks of cars, detonate aerial munitions and scramble aircraft communications and flight-control systems (this explains the high fence designed to keep visitors away from the low-angle beams). It would also have the potential to disrupt human mental processes, interfere with wildlife migration patterns, and negatively affect the earth's upper atmosphere.
HAARP also has weather manipulation capability. For instance, differential heating of specific areas of the atmosphere could cause local adverse weather conditions such as floods, droughts or sea squalls, all of which could offer a military tactical advantage. In addition, in the spring of 1993, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began to advise commercial pilots on how to avoid the large amount of intentional (and some unintentional) radiation that HAARP would generate.
The HAARP Research Program remains an extremely low-profile project in the U.S. and Canada. Alaskan state officials have not even been briefed about the project. HAARP officials are satisfied with the military capability of their "weapon," yet seem unaware and uninformed of the potentially devastating effects of their research. Professor Alfred Wong, a HAARP researcher and professor of physics at the University of California at Los Angeles, said, "I don't see any problems, only surprises, that's why we do research."
One surprise might occur if anyone investigates HAARP and finds it violates the 1977 Environmental Modification Convention, which bans "any hostile use of environmental modification."
- A book reviw of A New Form of Environmental Warfare?, in Socialist Studies Bulletin (Book Review), Number 41, July-Sept. 1995
- Mystery in Alaska, Popular Science, September 1995 (Mark Farmer)
PCC Researcher: Nicky de la Roche
Summary of coverage
Other than the nominated story and the Project Censored (USA) synopsis we found no coverage of HAARP, except two stories referring to coverage of the project on a 1996 edition of CBC-TV's Undercurrents. We found no CBC-Radio coverage of this project and only the Undercurrents (1996) coverage on CBC-TV.
Investigative journalist Mark Farmer said, "High-energy radio physics and the ionosphere are not the stuff of dinner conversation ... even some scientists refer to the ionosphere as the 'ignorosphere.'" This makes it difficult to convince media outlets to publish or air secret, or even previously unreported, military projects. "It took me two years to get Popular Science to let me do the story [on HAARP]."
Due in part to his stories and television appearances, Farmer notes that public involvement and legislative interest in HAARP has risen dramatically. Not only are "the counter-proliferation people keenly interested" in the technology, but "The Alaska State legislature held hearings on HAARP, at which I testified."
Since his story first appeared, Farmer has produced a major piece on the program for Paramount Pictures's television program "Sightings," which aired in October 1995. He has also written a story on HAARP for Defence Weekly and "The Paper." Covert Action Quarterly will also run a story in the fall. Farmer also notes that the Anchorage Daily News did a story recently, and I approached CNN 'Earth Matters' concerning a HAARP story. Alaskan Public Radio also did a piece on HAARP."
Meanwhile, the program seems to be going forward. "U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) made sure HAARP received $15 million this year," said Farmer. As a whimsical footnote, Farmer adds that "fringe paramilitary/militia types" fear that HAARP is being used to control our minds and reprogram our anally-implanted microchips. More stories are popping up about HAARP being used to beckon space aliens or to destroy the world.
1996 - NewsWatch Canada