When the Army Owns the Weather Bob Fitrakis, Columbus
Humans have long sought to control the weather. Early
people learned how to make fire and modify their micro-environments;
rain dances and other rituals to alleviate droughts are
part of our folklore. So news that the government is engaged
in secret experiments to control the weather should come
as no surprise -- especially after a long history of "cloud
seeding," "atom splitting" and cloning
In fact, a vast majority of people would be shocked to
learn that this orphan of the cold war is still in practice.
As the U.S. and former Soviet Union spent trillions of
dollars on their militaries, their commitment to mutually
assured destruction led to extensive experimentation with
the use of weather as a weapon. In 1977, the Saturday
Review cited a CIA report hinting that the U.S. government
already had the power to massively manipulate the weather
for war purposes.
As the Soviet Union disintegrated, a 1993 Isvestia article
suggested the U.S. might want to partner with the Russians
in peddling their top-secret technology to the world.
Oleg Klugin, a high-ranking KGB officer, bragged of his
involvement in geophysical weapons research to a London
newspaper. The grid patterns of jet chemtrails now spotted
throughout the Western world are likely the application
of these technologies to new military and civilian uses.
The military is not attempting to hide its long-term
goals. "Weather is a Force Multiplier: Owning the
Weather in 2025" is a white paper that can be found
on a Pentagon-sponsored website. The paper's abstract
reads: "In 2025,
U.S. aerospace forces can 'own the weather' by capitalizing
on emerging technologies and focusing development of those
technologies towards fighting applications. Such a capability
offers the war fighters tools to shape the battle space
in ways never before possible... In the U.S., weather
modification will likely become a part of national security
policy with both domestic and international applications."
Wired magazine wrote about the paper and extensively
quoted physicist Bernard Eastlund in its January 2000
article "Activate Cloud Shield! Zap a Twister!"
The article detailed the military's plan for "made-to-order
thunderstorms" and "lightning strikes on demand."
Eastlund managed programs for Controlled Thermal Nuclear
Research for the
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission from 1966 to 1974; he was
a key researcher in the 1980s' Strategic Space Initiative
(aka Star Wars). Since 1996, Eastlund served as CEO and
president of Eastlund Scientific Enterprises Corporation.
The company boasts on its website that it specializes
in "weather modification" and "tornado
modification" among other high-tech services. Eastlund
considers the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
(HAARP) in Alaska a smaller version of what he envisions
for weather modification. In response to Michael Theroux
of Borderland Sciences -- who asked Eastlund whether the
HAARP station could affect the weather -- Eastlund replied:
"Significant experiments could be performed... The
HAARP antenna as is it now configured modulates the auroral
electrojet to induce ELF waves and thus could have an
effect on the zonal winds."
At the Space 2000 Conference and Exposition on Engineering,
Operations and Business in Space, sponsored by the American
Society of Civil Engineers, Eastlund outlined his plan
for zapping tornados with an electromagnetic radiation
beam from the proposed Thunderstorm Solar Powered Satellite
he's developing with the help of the European Space Agency
U.S. patent number 6315213, filed on November 13, is
described as a method of modifying weather and should
concern the public. A scientist from Wright Patterson
Air Force Base acknowledges that planes are spraying barium
salt, polymer fibers, aluminum oxide and other chemicals
in the atmosphere to both modify the weather and for military
communications purposes. The patent abstract specifically
states: "The polymer is dispersed into the cloud
and the wind of the storm agitates the mixture causing
the polymer to absorb the rain. This reaction forms a
gelatinous substance which precipitate to the surface
below. Thus, diminishing the cloud's ability to rain."
Answering the age-old question, Who'll stop the rain?:
Apparently our government and a few of their closest friends
in the military industrial-complex. The emergence of Edward
Teller promoting this startling technology is more than
scary. (Teller was the father of the H-Bomb and grand
promoter of Readi Kilowatt, our perky little radiation
friend from the '50s; one of his bright ideas from the
'50s was to create harbors by nuking our own coastline.)
The April 24 New York Times reported that Teller "has
promoted the idea of manipulating the Earth's atmosphere
to counteract global warming." The computer simulations
on the use of aluminum oxide to counter global warming
come from the Lawrence Livermore Weapons Laboratory, where
Teller serves as director emeritus.
There should be little doubt that this would be a priority
for the government -- or for for-profit military contractors.
While 2001 was the second-hottest year on record (1998
holds the record as the hottest year), the nine hottest
years on record have occurred since 1990. But why would
the government conduct anti-global warming experiments
Investigative reporter William Thomas holds that there's
a link between the recent increase in asthma, allergies
and upper respiratory ailments and the chemtrail spraying.
Sound crazy? Remember, it sounded absurd when reports
first came out that the government had conducted radioactivity
experiments on U.S. citizens and released radiation from
nuclear plants to test the effect on civilian populations.
It sounded bizarre when news first filtered out that the
government was engaged in the MK-Ultra mind-control experiments
using LSD. The CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency admit
they were responsible for many of the UFO sightings in
the 1950s in order the explain away experimental military
From public documents to mainstream news accounts, the
record is filled with reports of weather-modifying technology
left over from the Cold War. Now we have a right to know
what, if anything, the government plans to do with it.