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by Dr Nick Begich and Jeane Manning

An article from Nexus Magazine Dec/Jan 1996

Scheduled to be fully operational by 1998, the US military's HAARP transmitter is no mere auroral research project.

Its superpowerful radio-wave beam may irreparably damage the planets atmosphere and severely disrupt our mental and physical health.


HAARP will zap the upper atmosphere with a focused and steerable electromagnetic bean. It is an advanced model of an 'ionospheric heater'. (The ionosphere is the electrically-charged sphere surrounding the Earth's upper atmosphere. It ranges between about 40 to 600 miles above Earth's surface.)

Put simply, the apparatus for HAARP is a reversal of a radio telescope: antennas send out signals instead of receiving. HAARP is the test run for a superpowerful radio-wave beaming technology that lifts areas of the ionosphere by focusing a bean and heating those areas. Electromagnetic waves then bounce back onto Earth and penetrate everything - living and dead.



  HAARP publicity gives the impression that the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is mainly an academic project with the goal of changing the ionosphere to improve communications for our own good. However, other US military documents put it more clearly: HAARP aims to learn how to "exploit the ionosphere for Department of Defense purposes". Communicating with submarines is only one of those purposes.

Press releases and other information from the military on HAARP continually downplay what it could do. Publicity documents insist that the HAARP project is no different than other ionospheric heaters operating safely throughout the world in places such as Arecibo, Puerto Rico; Tromso, Norway; and the former Soviet Union. However, a 1990 government document document indicates that the radio frequency (RF) power zap will drive the ionosphere to unnatural activities:

...at the highest HF powers available in the West, the instabilities commonly studied are approaching their mazimum RF energy disipative capability, beyond which the plasma processes will 'run away' until the next limiting factor is reached.

If the military, in cooperation with the University of Alaska, Fairbaks, can show that this new ground-based "Star Wars" technology is sound, they both win. The military has a relatively inexpensive defence shield and the university can brag about the most dramatic geophysical manipulation since atmospheric explosions of nuclear bombs. After successful testing, they would have the military megaprojects of the future and huge markets for Alaska's North Slope natural gas.

Looking at the other patents which built on the work of a Texas physicist named Bernard Eastlund, it becomes clearer how the military intends to use the HAARP transmitter. It also makes governmental denials less believable. The military knows how it intends to use this technology, and has made it clear in their documents. The military has deliberately misled the public through sophisticated word games, deceit and outright disinformation.  


The military says the HAARP system could:

- give the military a tool to replace the electromagnetic pulse effect of atmospheric thermonuclear devices. - replace the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) submarine communication system operating in Michigan and Wisconsin with a new and more compact technology. - be used to replace the over-the-horizon radar system that was once planned for the current location of HAARP, with a more flexible and accurate system; - provide a way to wipe out communications over an extremely large area, while keeping the military's own communications systems working; - provide a wide-area Earth-penetrating tomography which, if combined with the computing abilities of EMASS and Cray computers, would make it possible to verify many parts of nuclear nonproliferation and peace agreements;

- be a tool of goephysical probing to find oil, gas and mineral deposits ofer a large area; - be used to detect incoming low-level planes and cruise missiles, making other technologies obsolete.

- The above abilities seem like a good idea to all who who believe in sound national defence and to those concerned about cost cutting. However, the possible uses which the HAARP records do not explain, and which can only be found in US Air Force, Army, Navy nd other federal agency records, are alarming. Moreover effects from the reckless use of these power levels in our natural shield - the ionosphere - could be cataclysmic, according to some scientists.


One Alaskan puts it bluntly. A founder of the "NO HAARP" movement, Clare Zickuhr, says: The military is going to give the ionosphere a big kick and see what happens.

The military failed to tell the public that they do not know what exactly will happen, but a Penn State science articel brags about that uncertainty. Macho science? The HAARP project uses the largest energy levels yet played with, by what Begich and Manning call "the big boys with their new toys". It is an experiment on the sky and experiments are done to find something that is not already known . Independent scientists told Begich and Manning that a HAARP type 'skybuster' with its unforeseen effects could be an act of global vandalism.


The patents described below were the package of ideas which were originally controlled by ARCO Power Technologies Incorporated (APTI), a subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Company, one of the biggest oil companies in the world. APTI was the contractor that built the HAARP facility. ARCO sold this subsidiary, the patents and the second phase construction contract to E-Systems in June 1994. E-Systems is one of the biggest intelligence contractors in the world, doing work for the CIA, defence intelligence organisation and others. US$1.8 billion of their annual sales are to these organisations with US$800 million for black projects - projects so secret that even the United States Congress isn't told how the money is being spent.

E-Systems was bought out by Raytheon which is one of the largest defence contractors in the world.

Bernard J Eastlund's US Patent #4,686,605, "method and Apparatus for Altering a Region in the Earth's Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and/or Magnetosphere", was sealed for a year under a government secrecy order.

The Eastlund ionospheric heater was different: the radio frequency (RF) radiation was concentrated and focused to a point in the ionosphere. This difference throws an unprecedented amount of energy into the ionosphere. The Eastlund device would allow a concentration of one watt per cubic centimetre, compared to others only able to deliver about one millionth of one watt.

This huge diference could lift and change the ionosphere in the ways necessary to creat futuristic effects described in the patent. According to the patent, the work of Nikola Tesla in the early 1900's formed the basis of the research.

What would this technology be worth to ARCO, the owner of the patents? They could make enormous profits by beaming electrical power, without wires, from a power-house in the gas fields to the consumer.

Eastlund's patent said the technology can confuse or completely disrupt airplanes and missiles sophisticated guidance systems. Further, this ability to spray large areas of Earth with electromagnetic waves of varying frequencies - and to control changes in those waves - make it possible to knock out communications on land or sea as well as in the air. The patent said:

Thus, this invention provides the ability to put unprecedented amounts of power in the Earth's atmosphere at strategic locations and to maintain the power injection level, particularly if random pulsing is employed, in a manner far more precise and better controlled than heretofore accomplished by the prior art, particularly by detonation of nuclear devices of various yields at various altitudes it is possible not only to interfere with third party communications but to take advantage of one or more such beams to carry out a communications network even though the rest of the world's communications are disrupted. Put another way, what is used to disrupt another's communications can be employed by one knowledgeable of this invention as a communication network at the same time. ...large regions of the atmosphere could be lifted to an unextraordinarily high altitude so that missiles encounter unexpected drag foces with resultant destruction. Another modification is possible by, for example, altering upper atmosphere wind patterns by constructiong one or more plumes of atmospheric particles which will act as a lens or focusing device. Molecular modifications of the atmosphere can take place so that positve environmental effects can be achieved. Besides actually changing the molecular composition of an atmospheric region, a particular molecule or molecules can be chosen for increased presence. For example, ozone, nitrogen, etc concentrations in the atmosphere could be artaficially increased.

Begich found 11 other APTI patents. They told how to make "Nuclear-sized Explosions without Radiation", power beaming systems, over-the-horizon radar, detection systems for missiles carrying nuclear warheads, electromagnetic pulses previously produced by thermonuclear weaapons and other "Star Wars" tricks. This cluster of patents underlays the HAARP weapons system.


Related research by Begich and Manning uncovered bizarre schemes. For example, US Air Force documents revealed that a system had been developed for manipulating and disrupting human mental processes through pulsed radio-frequency radiation (the stuff of HAARP) over large geographical areas.

The most telling material about this technology came from writings of Zbigniew Brzezinski (former National Security Adviser to US President Carter) and J. F. MacDonald (Science Adviser to US President Johnson and a Professor of Geophysics at UCLA), as they wrote about use of power beaming transmitters for geophysical and environmental warfare. The documents showed how these effects might be caused, and the negative effects on human health and thinking. The mental-disruption possibilities for HAARP are the most disturbing. More than 40 pages of the book, with dozens of footnotes, chronicle the work of Harvard professors , military planners and scientists as they plan and test this use of the electromagnetic technology. For example, one of the papers describing this use was from the International Red Cross in Geneva. It even gave the requency ranges where these effects could occur - the same ranges which HAARP is capable of broadcasting.

The following statement was made more than 25 years ago in a book which Brzezinski wrote while a professor at Columbia University:

Political strategists are tempted to exploit research on the brain and human behaviour. Geophysicist Gordon J. F. MacDonald - specialist in problems of warfare - says accurately-timed, artificially excited electronic strokes could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the Earth. In this way, one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period. No matter how deeply disturbing the thought of using the environment to manipulate behaviour for national advantages, to some the technology permitting such use will very probably develop within the next few decades.

In 1966, MacDonald was a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee and later a member of the President's Council on Environmental Quality. he published papers on the use of environmental control technologies for military purposes. The most profound comment he made as a geophysicist was:

The key to geophysical warfare is the identification of environental instabilities to which the addition of a small amount of energy would release vastly greater amounts of energy.

While yesterday's geophysicists predicted today's advances, are HAARP program managers delivering on the vision? The geophysicists recognised that adding energy to the environmental soup could have large effects. However, humankind has already added substantial amounts of electromagnetic energy into our environment without understanding what might constitute critical mass. The book by Begich and Manning raises questions. Have these additions been without effect, or is there a cumulative amount beyond which irreparable damage can be done? Is HAARP another step in a journey from which we cannot turn back? Are we about to embark on another energy experiment which unleashes another set of demons from Pandora's box?

As early as 1970, Zbigniew Brzezinski predicted a "more controlled and directed society" would gradually appear, linked to technology. This society would be dominated by an elite group which impresses voters by allegedly superior scientific know-how. Angels Don't Play This HAARP further quotes Brzeziski: Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behaviour and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Technical and scientific momentum would then feed on the situation it exploits.

His forecasts proved accurate. Today, a number of new tools for the "elite" are emerging, and the temptation to use them increases steadily. The policies to permit the tools to be used are already in place. How could the USA be changed bit by bit, into the predicted, highly-controlled technosociety? Among the 'stepping stones' Brzezinski expected were persisting social crises and use of the mass media to gain the public's confidence.


In another document prepared by the government, the US Air Force claims: "The potential applications of artificial electromagnetic fields are wide-ranging and can be used in many military of quasi-military situations... Someof these potential usesinclude dealing with terrorist groups, crwod control, controlling breaches of security at military installations, and antipersonnel techniques in tactical warfare. In all of these cases the EM (electromagnetic) systems would be used to produce mild to severe physiological disruption or perceptual distortion or disorientation. In addition, the ability of individuals to function could be degraded to such a point that they would be combat-ineffective. Another advantage of electro-magnetic systems is that they can provide coverage over large areas with a single system. They are silent, and countermeasures to them may be difficult to develop... One last area where electro-magnetic radiation may prove of some value is in enhancing abilities of individuals for anomalous phenomena.

Do these comments point to uses already somewhat developed? The author of the government report refers to an earlier Air Force document about the uses of the radio-frequency radiation in combat situations.

The United States congressional record deals with the use of HAARP for penetrating the earth with signals bounced off the ionosphere. These signals are used to look inside the planet to a depth of many kilometres in order to locate underground munitions, minerals and tunnels. For 1996, the US Senate has set aside US$15 million to develop this ability alone: Earth penetrating tomography. The problem is that the frequency needed for Earth-penetrating radiations is within the frequency range most cited for disruption of human mental functions. It may also have profound effects on migration patterns of fish and wild animals which rely on an undisturbed energy field to find their routes. As if electromagnetic pulses in the sky and mental disruption were not enought, Eastlund bragged that the superpowerful ionospheric heater could control weather.

Begich and Manning brought to light government documents indicating that the military has weather-control technology. When HAARP is eventually built to its full power level, it could create weather effects over entire hemispheres. If one government experiments with the world's weather patterns, what is done in one place will impact everyone else on the planet. Angels Don't Play This HAARP explains a principle behind some of Nikola Tesla's inventions - resonance - which affects planetary systems.


Angels...includes interviews with independent scientists such as Elizabeth Rauscher. She has a PhD, a long and impressive career in high-energy physics, and has been published in prestigious science journals and books. Rauscher commented on HAARP:

"You're pumping tremendous energy into an extremely delicate molecular configuration that comprises these multi-layers we call the ionosphere"

The ionosphere is prone to catalytic reactions, she explained: if a small part is changed, a major change in the ionosphere can happen. In describing the ionosphere as a delicately balanced system, Dr Rauscher shared her mental picture of it: a soap bubble like sphere surrounding Earth's atmosphere, with

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