by Steve Eastman, Wait Til You Hear This
Imagine 180 antennas stretched across 1500 acres of Alaskan wilderness with the capability of transmitting 3.6 megawatts of electromagnetic energy into the ionosphere. Critics from both the left and the right have linked the project to weather modification, earthquakes and mind control. They were relieved when the Air Force announced plans to demolish the $200 million facility, though many doubted it would actually happen. It turns out they were right. HAARP will reopen thanks to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
According to US Air Force spokesman Marmion Grimes as quoted in Alaska Public Media, “It’s a transfer, and next month the facilities and equipment will formally transfer from the military to the university. And then we have two years to work with the Air Force to come to an agreement to transfer land.”
It’s easy to reduce the controversy surrounding the facility to a he said/she said set of claims. But that would be an oversimplification.
One of the most prominent critics of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is Dr. Nick Begich, who co-authored “Angels Don’t Play This HAARP” with Jeane Manning in 1995. He’s the son of a deceased Congressman and brother of a former US Senator. Before the program had shut down, Begich told Popular Science, “It needs to be monitored more closely and scrutinized. The government hasn’t been up-front about the nature of these programs, and they’re utilizing the system to manipulate portions of the environment without full disclosure to the public.”
Another major critic was the late Bernard Eastland, whose related patents developed ideas proposed by maverick physicist Nikola Tesla. Eastland has linked the project to weather modification and research into shooting down satellites.
The fact that HAARP was capable of transmitting in the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) range has not been lost on critics, who note the similarity to human brain wave frequencies. That’s one reason they suspect mind control.
HAARP’s management has scoffed at these claims and announced a policy of openness. Nevertheless when Jesse Ventura traveled to the site for an episode of his Conspiracy Theory TV program several years ago, he was refused entry.
The HAARP facility virtually closed last summer. It will take an estimated $2 million to ramp it back up. Undoubtedly the controversy about hidden agendas will continue. After all doesn’t a project that included the Defense Advanced Research Projects agency (DARPA) as a client have secrets?
© 2015 Wait Til You Hear This
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