STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Combating HAARP Suspicions
By Staff News & Analysis - September 07, 2010

Pakistani Websites Accuse CIA of Causing Pakistan Flooding: U.S. Research Program 'HAARP is being Used in Pakistan [to Cause Artificial Floods]'; 'They Can't Win a War with Nuclear-Armed Pakistan … So They Have Other Ways to Do It' … Although the U.S. has been leading flood relief efforts in Pakistan, where nearly 20 million people have been affected by the worst floods in 80 years, the Pakistani media continue to publish anti-U.S. conspiracy theories regarding the floods. On August 6, 2010, a Pakistani website released a report titled "Pakistan Flood: HAARP Used in Pakistan? – Urgent," accusing the CIA and its alleged use of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), the Alaska-based U.S. Air Force program, to artificially cause the flooding. – MEMRI/Middle East Media and Research Institute

Dominant Social Theme: More unreliable conspiracy theories floated abroad.

Free-Market Analysis: Though hardly any of it seems to resonate with the American mainstream press, the rest of the globe is alive with conspiracy theories about American military power, 9/11, HAARP and other maleficent and perhaps mythical US schemes for global domination – full spectrum dominance as the Pentagon has called it.

Meanwhile, the dominant social theme in America might be: "Anyone abroad who mentions such things is an anti-American crackpot, especially if he or she is a Muslim." But the trouble with many of the conspiracy schemes that are making the rounds throughout the world – especially in Muslim countries – is that they are hard to combat. The Anglo-American axis has chosen to project its power so aggressively that conspiracy theories are an almost inevitable result.

One can deride the recent statements from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doubting the causes of 9/11. Yet how is one to justify the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan when neither country appears to have had much to do with 9/11? True, Afghanistan did harbor Osama bin Laden, but he denied responsibility for 9/11, the US could not come up with evidence to convince the Taliban to hand him over and to this day the FBI has not named bin Laden as responsible for 9/11.

What has likely become most mentioned lately in Muslim circles due to the Pakistan flooding is the HAARP conspiracy, as we can see from the MEMRI excerpt above. The trouble with MEMRI, however, is that its founder Yigal Carmon served as Colonel in the Military Intelligence Directorate (Israel) from 1968 to 1988. So someone affiliated with Israeli military intelligence is providing US officials with an "insider" perspective on Islam. This does not necessarily bode well for objectivity.

The website concludes that the conspiracy theories being floated against the West come from websites set up by the Pakistan army. But the conspiracies in question surely have currency beyond that, in our view. In fact, if such theories are widespread within the Pakistan army, what does that say about the military's reliability when it comes to supporting the US war effort in Afghanistan? In any case, during the rest of this article, we want to focus specifically on HAARP and show why such conspiracy theories continue to circulate. Wikipedia tells us the following about HAARP:

According to HAARP's management, the project strives for openness and all activities are logged and publicly available. Scientists without security clearances, even foreign nationals, are routinely allowed on site. The HAARP facility regularly (once a year on most years according to the HAARP home page) hosts open houses, during which time any civilian may tour the entire facility. In addition, scientific results obtained with HAARP are routinely published in major research journals (such as Geophysical Research Letters, or Journal of Geophysical Research), written both by university scientists (American and foreign) or by US Department of Defense research lab scientists. Each summer, the HAARP holds a summer-school for visiting students, including foreign nationals, giving them an opportunity to do research with one of the world's foremost research instruments.

Yet earlier this year, former Minnesota governor and tele-conspiracist Jesse Ventura visited the HAARP site for his TV show in an attempt to probe the official claims. "PureEnergyNet," explains what happened as follows:

In his Conspiracy Theory series, movie star, professional wrestler, former Navy SEAL and former Minnesota governor, Jesse Ventura (left) and his team take on HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The official story of what the giga-watt broadcasting antennae array outside Gakona, Alaska is that it is for scientific research, primarily for communication studies: a premier facility for the study of ionospheric physics and radio science,' according to their official website. "Why all the secrecy, then?" asks Ventura. And "Why is the Army running the place?" The facility barred him from having access, even though he is a former governor and Navy SEAL.

The evidence that Ventura and his team uncover points to the facility actually being a weapon, with the ability to take down aircraft, manipulate weather (which is supposed to be illegal) and control your mind. The segment illustrated both the weather control and the mind control capabilities using much lower-power variations. Matt Imber asks and interesting question. "Where are they getting all the energy to run that place?" Noting that there are no apparent over-land transmission lines, he wonders if maybe they don't have some kind of zero point energy or other exotic sequestered technology providing power."

There would be less suspicion about the US government, Pentagon and its 16 separate spy agencies if the US governmental apparatus were less massive and less secretive. The Daily Bell covers the dominant social themes of the power elite, and we have our suspicions as well (or at least a justifiable logic chain). From our point of view, if HAARP is able to control weather in certain regions even rudimentarily, then the global warming promotion makes more sense – because theory could be buttressed by "events."

Right now, the science for global warming likely doesn't work and people don't believe in it. Thus the promotion is unusable in the larger context as we pointed out yesterday. But we would argue that the elite has other problems when it comes to the promotions it has continually launched. A lot depended on the government not being perceived as a force antithetical to civil society, especially in the West and in American and Britain. The Internet itself began to undermine that trust and the financial crisis much exacerbated it. The incessant warring and spying and ever-increasing domestic security arrangements have further eroded it.

Muslim suspicions as regards the West are fairly widespread at this point, so far as we can tell. And in fact skepticism continues and expands in the West. The best way to reduce this would be to pursue a policy of openness and transparency when it comes to military and intelligence matters as much as possible. It would also help if the Anglo-American axis generally reduced its domestic security apparatus.

After Thoughts

The Washington Post itself recently pointed out that the US government has literally lost track of the number of employees involved in domestic security work, so vast has the effort grown. The paranoia on display gives rise to theories concerning such secretive initiatives as HAARP that tend to feed on themselves at home and abroad. The best ways to combat such theories is to pursue a policy of openness and tolerance. One hoped perhaps the Obama administration would move in that direction, but it hasn't happened yet.

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