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Completed in 2007, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) near Gakona, Alaska, is supposedly merely a high-tech physics experiment. Conspiracists believe HAARP has a much more nefarious purpose.


U.S. Air Force and Navy scientists assures us that the goal of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is only to gain greater knowledge of the Earth’s ionosphere. Conspiracy theorists warn that the true purpose is to gain control of all communication and navigation systems, as well as the weather.

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is jointly managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and had as its goal the achievement of greater knowledge of the physical and electrical properties of Earth’s ionosphere, which can affect military and civilian communication and navigation systems. The program, begun in 1990, has its observatory located approximately eight miles north of Gakona, Alaska. The site location, according to the official HAARP website, is perfect on two accounts:

  1. The Alaskan ionosphere over HAARP can be characterized as mid-latitude, auroral or polar depending on how active the sun is at any given time and day. This gives a wide variety of ionospheric conditions to study.
  2. The HAARP research facility consists of two major subsystems: 1) the HF transmitter, and 2) the other scientific, observational instruments that have been designed and built and which are also being installed at the site. The two subsystems are equal in research importance. The scientific observation instruments require a quiet electromagnetic location away from cities and built up areas.

Currently, there are forty-eight active antennas in the array. The HF transmitter produces 960 kilowatts of power and has an operational range of 2.8–8.2 MHz. When the HAARP antenna array is completed, it will consist of 180 antennas on approximately thirty-three acres of land and will have a total transmitter power of about 3,600 kilowatts.

The official website is very forthcoming in its section of “Frequently Asked Questions.” In spite of the reassuring responses, many conspiracy theorists see HAARP quite differently than do the staff members who work there. Nick Begich and his coauthor Jeane Manning (Angels Don’t Play This HAARP) are outspoken about the dangers and hazards of the AFRL and ONR developing and deploying a system based on the pioneering work of the genius Nikola Tesla. Many other scientists, environmentalists, and conspiracy researchers have taken up the warning cry first sounded by Begich and Manning. If we could conduct an interview with representatives of the AFRL, the ONR, and a couple of conspiracy theorists, the discussion might go something like the following:

Is HAARP capable of affecting the weather?

AFRL/ONR: HAARP will not affect the weather. The energy transmitted will be negligible and easily absorbed in the troposphere or the ionosphere, the two levels that produce the planet’s weather. The ionosphere is continuously replenished as the sun’s radiation interacts with the highest levels of Earth’s atmosphere.

Conspiracy Theorists: HAARP will boil the upper atmosphere. It is an advanced model of an “ionospheric heater.” HAARP is a test run for a super-powerful radio-wave-beaming technology that raises the temperature of areas of the ionosphere by focusing a beam and heating those areas. Electromagnetic waves then bounce back to Earth, penetrating everything, living and dead.

How long do the effects of ionospheric heating remain?

AFRL/ONR: The ionosphere is a turbulent medium that is always being either stirred up or renewed by the sun. Artificially induced effects are quickly eliminated—depending on the height of the ionosphere where the effect is produced—in less than a second to ten minutes. Visualize a fast-moving stream in which you drop a stone. The momentary ripples are quickly lost in the rapidly moving water and within a few feet are undetectable.

Conspiracy Theorists: Plumes of atmospheric particles could act as a lens or focusing layer and scorch some areas of the planet. Ozone levels in the atmosphere could be artificially increased and concentrated in specific areas.

Is it true that HAARP can create a hole in the ionosphere?

AFRL/ONR: Absolutely not. Any effects created by HAARP are insignificant compared with the normal and natural day/night variations that occur in the ionosphere every day.

Conspiracy Theorists: In a burst lasting only a few minutes, HAARP will not burn a hole—it will produce a long tear, slicing through the ionosphere like a gigantic knife. HAARP pumps tremendous energy into the very delicate molecular configuration that constitutes the multilayer of the ionosphere.

Can HAARP interfere with radio communication?

AFRL/ONR: While some interference has been noted in the area near Gakona, the program is committed to achieving compatibility with all other users of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Conspiracy Theorists: HAARP can be used to wipe out communications over a very large area. Specific beams can be established to form a network of communication to serve shadow-government or New World Order agencies even though the rest of the world’s communications are disrupted or shut down.

Are there any health hazards posed to humans by HAARP?

AFRL/ONR: None. The electromagnetic fields measured at the closest public access to the site are lower than those existing in many urban environments.

Conspiracy Theorists: A system could easily be developed for manipulating and disturbing human mental processes through pulsed radio frequency radiation. The potential applications of artificial electromagnetic fields are enormous. HAARP is the most versatile and largest radio-frequency-radiation transmitter in the world. Electromagnetic systems can provide coverage over large areas. They are silent and can produce mild to severe physiological disruption or perceptual distortion or disorientation.

Will HAARP be used to generate ELF?

AFRL/ONR: No. Previous experience at other facilities has demonstrated that it is possible to generate a small, useful ELF signal through ionospheric heating, but any ELF produced in the ionosphere at around 100 km altitude would be 11 million times weaker than the earth’s normal background field and 1 million times weaker than the level at which researchers have noted biological effects.

Conspiracy Theorists: It is likely that HAARP’s high-frequency emissions will be coupled with ELF to replace the submarine communication system in use today. The combination will also be utilized to transmit specific brain frequencies to urban areas to undermine the mental health of the population. New World Order agencies could use HAARP to beam ELF waves for anger, suicide, hysteria, lust, paranoia, or depression in order to make any population easy prey for an invasion.

Will HAARP be used for military purposes?

AFRL/ONR: HAARP is not designed for military purposes. A consortium of universities has declared that HAARP meets the requirements of a world-class research facility. Because the Department of Defense (DoD) operates numerous communication and navigational systems whose signals depend on reflection from the ionosphere and/or must pass through the ionosphere to satellites, there is obvious DoD interest in the program.

Conspiracy Theorists: Nick Begich and Jeane Manning state that HAARP publicly gives the impression that the program is primarily an academic project with the goal of changing the ionosphere to improve communications for everyone’s good. But the DoD is seriously investigating the uses of HAARP for weather control, climate disruption, polar ice cap melting, earthquake engineering, and brain wave manipulation.

In the overwhelmingly unanimous view of conspiracy theorists, HAARP is, plain and simple, a weapon of mass murder and destruction that has been used often in recent times. These theorists are convinced that HAARP weather and tectonic attacks caused the Myanmar Cyclone on May 3, 2008, which left as many as 80,000 dead and 60,000 missing; the China Earthquake of May 12, 2008, which had a death toll of 68,000; the Haiti Earthquake of January 12, 2010, which left an estimated 92,000 dead and 1.8 million homeless; and the Fukushima Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, which left 16,000 dead, thousands missing, and 770,000 buildings destroyed or partially destroyed.

According to conspiracy theorists, HAARP has three major weapon-system components: space-based, which weaponizes the Earth’s ionosphere; air-based, which uses chemtrails as a frequency reflector from its ground and space base; and ground-based, which energizes the stations in Alaska, Greenland, Norway, and Australia.

The HAARP arsenal of weapons is prepared for Strategic Defense Initiatives, which utilizes powerful radiofrequency weapons to bring about weather and earthquake warfare. HAARP can isolate targets within cities, industrial sites, individual buildings, and specific humans. Its ELF weapons can launch electromagnetic harassment and mood manipulations on target population groups or individuals within those groups.