The source of generations of conspiracy theories, Alaska military center shuts down and will be transferred to university researchers

Jul 14, 2015 | 0 comments

By Sharon Weinberger

chl harp

An antenna field at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Center in Alaska.

It’s been a suspected source of the dreaded death beam, a secret tool to control the weather, the control center to distribute “chem trails” over unsuspecting populations, and even a weapon to manipulate the human mind.

Now, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, better known by its acronym, HAARP, has reached the final stage of its strange journey that began with Cold War concerns about nuclear war: Next month, the Alaska-based research station will be transferred to civilian control.

HAARP will be handed over in August to the University of Alaska, confirmed Othana Zuch, an Air Force spokesperson. A ceremony for the handover is also scheduled for that month.

“The Air Force Research Lab has control of the HAARP facility until Aug. 11,” Marmian Grimes, a university of spokesperson, said. “After that, the university will have access to the site under the terms of an agreement between University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Air Force. That agreement allows access for two years, which will provide the university and the Air Force time to negotiate an agreement regarding the transfer of the land.”

Located on a site near the town of Gakona, Alaska, HAARP consists of 360 radio transmitters and 180 antennas, which are used to generate radio waves that heat up the ionosphere by accelerating electrons, allowing scientists to conduct experiments.

When it was first conceived during the Cold War, HAARP was designed to study whether currents of charged particles traveling through the ionosphere, a region of the upper atmosphere, could be used to transmit messages to nuclear submarines lurking deep underwater. When the Cold War ended, HAARP supporters offered up other uses, like examining ways to detect underground facilities in countries like North Korea.

In 2002, the Pentagon grew interested in using HAARP to study ways to counter high-altitude nuclear detonations. That plan, too, eventually fell to the wayside, and funding dried up.

The Defense Department spent almost $300 million — most of it provided through congressional add-ons — over two decades to build the site, which was finally completed in 2007. Less than seven years later, the Air Force announced it would close and dismantle it.

Given its seeming esoteric goal — studying the ionosphere — the facility received outsized attention from those who believed it is a classified military facility. Over the years, HAARP strove to break free of the conspiracy theories that surrounded it, even holding annual open houses for the public to allow people to view the facility.

It didn’t work, and the conspiracy theories continued, including allegations that HAARP was the cause of the massive 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.

Last summer, the Air Force announced that it would dismantle HAARP. The facility’s most obvious application — as a tool for scientists to study the ionosphere — wasn’t enough to attract federal funding.

Physicist Dennis Papadopoulos, a professor at the University of Maryland and longtime proponent of HAARP, said the agreement that was worked out would transfer the facility from the Defense Department to the state of Alaska, and then to the University of Alaska, which has long been involved in research at the site.

HAARP will then operate, like other ionosphere research sites, as a scientific facility supported by those conducting experiments there. Papadopoulos said that the state of Alaska will iinvest about $2 million, and additional funding may come from the National Science Foundation and the Pentagon.

Papadopoulos speculated that HAARP’s transfer to civilian hands will be a blow to conspiracy theorists world-wide. “I hate to take away such a good source of entertainment,” he said. “The only thing I haven’t heard it blamed for is the Loch Ness monster. I guess they’ll have to find themselves another boogeyman.”

The facility has been dormant this summer and Papadopoulos doesn’t expect it to be operational until next spring, because of Alaska’s harsh winter.

“The most important thing is the transfer,” he said, “and that is happening in August.” He added: “I haven’t heard officially, but they might be handing out tin-foil hats for the occasion.”



Dani News

Google ad

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of April 14

Trial of Carlos Pólit: First Week of Revelations Sheds Light on Corruption in Correista Regime.

Read more

Insecurity affects tourism in Manabí as nine cruise ships canceled their arrival in Manta.

Read more

Ecuador Gains Ground with Palm Heart, Secures 75% of the Global Market.

Read more

Thai Lotus News

Google ad

Fund Grace News

Gran Colombia Suites News

Quinta Maria News