Along with some of the other Adventures Unlimited Press books, I skimmed one about HAARP. For the amount of money being spent, you’d expect it to have some practical value. What can it really do… besides put small amounts of energy into the upper atmosphere for research purposes? The HAARP web site says:
HAARP stands for The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The goal of this program is to further advance our knowledge of the physical and electrical properties of the Earth’s ionosphere which can affect our military and civilian communication and navigation systems. The HAARP program operates a world-class ionospheric research facility located in Gakona, Alaska.
Wired has this interesting story:
Source: Darpa Budget Estimates
Todd Pedersen had to hustleâ€”the sky was scheduled to start glowing soon, and he didn’t want to miss it. It was just before sunset, a cold February evening in deep-woods Alaska, and the broad-shouldered US Air Force physicist was scrambling across the snow in his orange down parka and fur-lined bomber hat. Grabbing cables and electronics, he rushed to assemble a jury-rigged telescope atop a crude wooden platform.
… As darkness closed in, Pedersen tried to get the second imager workingâ€”with no luckâ€”and the first one began snapping pictures. A few minutes before seven, throbbing arcs of green and red light began to form on his monitor, eventually coalescing into an egg shape. Other shards of light shimmered, gathered into a jagged ring, and spun around the oval center. “This is really good stuff,” Pedersen cooed. This wasn’t just another aurora borealis triggered by solar winds; this one Pedersen made himself. He did it with the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (Haarp): a $250 million facility with a 30-acre array of antennas capable of spewing 3.6 megawatts of energy into the mysterious plasma of the ionosphere. …
When Begich was 13, a Cessna carrying his father, a Congressional representative, disappeared. Neither the plane nor its passengers were ever recovered. Over the years, Begich became obsessed with uncovering mysteries. Between gigs as a gemologist, miner, school supervisor, and Chickaloon tribal administrator, he regularly lectured on government mind-control technology. So you can imagine his reaction when he began looking into Haarp: the weather-control patents, the Pentagon proposals for long-range spying, the oil company schemes. Senator Stevens had even suggested that the ionosphere could end our dependency on fossil fuels. “At any time over Fairbanks,” Stevens said on the Senate floor, “there is more energy than there is in the entire United States.” Begich had hit the conspiracy jackpot.
In 1995, he self-published a book, Angels Don’t Play This HAARP. It sold 100,000 copies. He started giving speeches on Haarp’s dangers everywhere, from UFO conventions to the European Parliament. Marvel Comics, Tom Clancy, and, of course, The X-Files made the facility an ominous feature of their narratives. A Russian military journal warned that blasting the ionosphere would trigger a cascade of electrons that could flip Earth’s magnetic poles. “Simply speaking, the planet will ‘capsize,'” it warned. The European Parliament held hearings about Haarp; so did the Alaska state legislature.
Begich told his audiences that Haarp was a high-powered weapon prototype. Forget spying underground with low-frequency wavesâ€”Haarp was so strong it could trigger earthquakes. And by dumping all those radio waves into the ionosphere, Haarp could turn a miles-wide portion of the upper atmosphere into a giant lens. “The result will be an absolutely catastrophic release of pure energy,” he wrote. “The sky would literally appear to burn.”
The military’s response only amped up the conspiracists. When program managers swore that the facility would “never be used for military functions,” Begich would trot out military reports touting satellite-blinding research plans or then-secretary of defense William Cohen’s suggestion that “electromagnetic waves” could alter the climate and control earthquakes and volcanoes remotely. …
Haarp can bounce signals off the ionosphere with wavelengths long enough to penetrate deep into the ocean and communicate with submarines.
Researchers are testing whether ionospheric waves could nudge H-bomb-generated electrons out of the magnetosphere, shielding orbiting satellites.
At about 125 miles up, Haarp’s waves can energize free electrons, which collide with neutral atoms to produce a glow like the aurora borealis.
How low-frequency waves are absorbed and reflected by the earth can reveal what’s underneathâ€”including hidden bunkers.