It's not only greenhouse gas emissions:
Washington's new world order weapons
have the ability to trigger climate change.
By Michel Chossudovsky - Professor of
Economics, University of Ottawa and TFF associate, author
of The Globalization of Poverty, second edition, Common
The important debate on global warming under
UN auspices provides but a partial picture of climate change;
in addition to the devastating impacts of greenhouse gas
emissions on the ozone layer, the World's climate can now
modified as part of a new generation of sophisticated "non-lethal
weapons." Both the Americans and the Russians have
developed capabilities to manipulate the World's climate.
In the US, the technology is being perfected
under the High-frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP)
as part of the ("Star Wars") Strategic Defence
Initiative (SDI). Recent scientific evidence suggests that
HAARP is fully operational and has the ability of potentially
triggering floods, droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes.
HAARP IS A MASS DESTRUCTIVE WEAPON
- NOT PART OF ANY NEGOTIATIONS
From a military standpoint, HAARP is a weapon
of mass destruction. Potentially, it constitutes an instrument
of conquest capable of selectively destabilising agricultural
and ecological systems of entire regions.
While there is no evidence that this deadly
technology has been used, surely the United Nations should
be addressing the issue of "environmental warfare"
alongside the debate on the climatic impacts of greenhouse
Despite a vast body of scientific knowledge,
the issue of deliberate climatic manipulations for military
use has never been explicitly part of the UN agenda on climate
change. Neither the official delegations nor the environmental
action groups participating in the Hague Conference on Climate
Change (CO6) (November 2000) have raised the broad issue
of "weather warfare" or "environmental modification
techniques (ENMOD)" as relevant to an understanding
of climate change.
The clash between official negotiators, environmentalists
and American business lobbies has centered on Washington's
outright refusal to abide by commitments on carbon dioxide
reduction targets under the 1997 Kyoto protocol.(1) The
impacts of military technologies on the World's climate
are not an object of discussion or concern. Narrowly confined
to greenhouse gases, the ongoing debate on climate change
serves Washington's strategic and defense objectives.
World renowned scientist Dr. Rosalie Bertell
confirms that "US military scientists are working on
weather systems as a potential weapon. The methods include
the enhancing of storms and the diverting of vapor rivers
in the Earth's atmosphere to produce targeted droughts or
Already in the 1970s, former National Security
advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had foreseen in his book "Between
Two Ages" that:
"Technology will make available, to the
leaders of major nations, techniques for conducting secret
warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces
need be appraised... Techniques of weather modification
could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought
or storm. "
Marc Filterman, a former French military officer,
outlines several types of "unconventional weapons"
using radio frequencies. He refers to "weather war,"
indicating that the U.S. and the Soviet Union had already
"mastered the know-how needed to unleash sudden climate
changes (hurricanes, drought) in the early 1980s."
(3) These technologies make it "possible to trigger
atmospheric disturbances by using Extremely Low Frequency
(ELF) radar [waves]." (4)
A simulation study of future defense "scenarios"
commissioned for the US Air Force calls for: "US aerospace
forces to 'own the weather' by capitalizing on emerging
technologies and focusing development of those technologies
to war-fighting applications." From enhancing friendly
operations or disrupting those of the enemy via small-scale
tailoring of natural weather patterns to complete dominance
of global communications and counterspace control, weather-modification
offers the war fighter a wide-range of possible options
to defeat or coerce an adversary. In the United States,
weather-modification will likely become a part of national
security policy with both domestic and international applications.
Our government will pursue such a policy, depending on its
interests, at various levels. (5)
THE HIGH-FREQUENCY ACTIVE AURAL RESEARCH
PROGRAM - HAARP
The High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program
(HAARP) based in Gokoma Alaska-jointly managed by the US
Air Force and the US Navy-is part of a new generation of
sophisticated weaponry under the US Strategic Defense Initiative
(SDI). Operated by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space
Vehicles Directorate, HAARP constitutes a system of powerful
antennas capable of creating "controlled local modifications
of the ionosphere".
Scientist Dr. Nicholas Begich-actively involved
in the public campaign against HAARP-describes HAARP as:
"A super-powerful radiowave-beaming technology that
lifts areas of the ionosphere (upper layer of the atmosphere)
by focusing a beam and heating those areas. Electromagnetic
waves then bounce back onto earth and penetrate everything-living
and dead." (6)
Dr. Rosalie Bertell depicts HAARP as "a
gigantic heater that can cause major disruption in the ionosphere,
creating not just holes, but long incisions in the protective
layer that keeps deadly radiation from bombarding the planet."
MISLEADING PUBLIC OPINION
HAARP has been presented to public opinion
as a program of scientific and academic research. US military
documents seem to suggest, however, that HAARP's main objective
is to "exploit the ionosphere for Department of Defense
purposes." (8) Without explicitly referring to the
HAARP program, a US Air Force study points to the use of
"induced ionospheric modifications" as a means
of altering weather patterns as well as disrupting enemy
communications and radar.(9)
According to Dr. Rosalie Bertell, HAARP is
part of a integrated weapons' system, which has potentially
devastating environmental consequences: "It is related
to fifty years of intensive and increasingly destructive
programs to understand and control the upper atmosphere.
It would be rash not to associate HAARP with the space laboratory
construction which is separately being planned by the United
States. HAARP is an integral part of a long history of space
research and development of a deliberate military nature.
The military implications of combining these
projects is alarming. The ability of the HAARP / Spacelab/
rocket combination to deliver very large amount of energy,
comparable to a nuclear bomb, anywhere on earth via laser
and particle beams, are frightening. The project is likely
to be "sold" to the public as a space shield against
incoming weapons, or, for the more gullible, a device for
repairing the ozone layer. (10)
In addition to weather manipulation, HAARP
has a number of related uses: "HAARP could contribute
to climate change by intensively bombarding the atmosphere
with high-frequency rays. Returning low-frequency waves
at high intensity could also affect people's brains, and
effects on tectonic movements cannot be ruled out. (11).
More generally, HAARP has the ability of modifying
the World's electro-magnetic field. It is part of an arsenal
of "electronic weapons" which US military researchers
consider a "gentler and kinder warfare". (12)
WEAPONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER
HAARP is part of the weapons arsenal of the
New World Order under the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
From military command points in the US, entire national
economies could potentially be destabilized through climatic
manipulations. More importantly, the latter can be implemented
without the knowledge of the enemy, at minimal cost and
without engaging military personnel and equipment as in
a conventional war. The use of HAARP-if it were to be applied-could
have potentially devastating impacts on the World's climate.
Responding to US economic and strategic interests,
it could be used to selectively modify climate in different
parts of the World resulting in the destabilization of agricultural
and ecological systems. It is also worth noting that the
US Department of Defense has allocated substantial resources
to the development of intelligence and monitoring systems
on weather changes. NASA and the Department of Defense's
National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) are working on
"imagery for studies of flooding, erosion, land-slide
hazards, earthquakes, ecological zones, weather forecasts,
and climate change" with data relayed from satellites.
POLICY INERTIA OF THE UNITED NATIONS
According to the Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de
"States have, in accordance with the
Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international
law, the responsibility to ensure that activities within
their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the
environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits
of national jurisdiction." (14).
It is also worth recalling that an international
Convention ratified by the UN General Assembly in 1997 bans
"military or other hostile use of environmental modification
techniques having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects."
(15) Both the US and the Soviet Union were signatories to
the Convention. The Convention defines "environmental
modification techniques" as referring to any technique
for changing-through the deliberate manipulation of natural
processes-the dynamics, composition or structure of the
earth, including its biota, lithosphere, hydrosphere and
atmosphere or of outer space." (16) Why then did the
UN-disregarding the 1977 ENMOD Convention as well as its
own charter-decide to exclude from its agenda climatic changes
resulting from military programs?
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ACKNOWLEDGES IMPACT
In February 1998, responding to a report of
Mrs. Maj. Britt Theorin-Swedish MEP and longtime peace advocate--,
the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs,
Security and Defense Policy held public hearings in Brussels
on the HAARP program.(17) The Committee's "Motion for
Resolution" submitted to the European Parliament: "Considers
HAARP by virtue of its far-reaching impact on the environment
to be a global concern and calls for its legal, ecological
and ethical implications to be examined by an international
independent body; [the Committee] regrets
the repeated refusal of the United States Administration
to give evidence to the public hearing into the environmental
and public risks [of&] the HAARP program." (18.)
The Committee's request to draw up a "Green
Paper" on "the environmental impacts of military
activities", however, was casually dismissed on the
grounds that the European Commission lacks the required
jurisdiction to delve into "the links between environment
and defense". (19) Brussels was anxious to avoid a
showdown with Washington.
While there is no concrete evidence of HAARP
having been used, scientific findings suggest that it is
at present fully operational. What this means is that HAARP
could potentially be applied by the US military to selectively
modify the climate of an "unfriendly nation" or
"rogue state" with a view to destabilizing its
national economy. Agricultural systems in both developed
and developing countries are already in crisis as a result
of New World Order policies including market deregulation,
commodity dumping, etc. Amply documented, IMF and World
Bank "economic medicine" imposed on the Third
World and the countries of the former Soviet block has largely
contributed to the destabilization of domestic agriculture.
In turn, the provisions of the World Trade Organization
(WTO) have supported the interests of a handful of Western
agri-biotech conglomerates in their quest to impose genetically
modified (GMO) seeds on farmers throughout the World.
It is important to understand the linkage
between the economic, strategic and military processes of
the New World Order. In the above context, climatic manipulations
under the HAARP program (whether accidental or deliberate)
would inevitably exacerbate these changes by weakening national
economies, destroying infrastructure and potentially triggering
the bankruptcy of farmers over vast areas. Surely national
governments and the United Nations should address
the possible consequences of HAARP and other "non-lethal
weapons" on climate change.
1. The latter calls for nations to reduce
emissions by an average of 5.2 percent to become effective
between 2008 and 2012. See Background of Kyoto Protocol
2. The Times, London, 23 November 2000.
3. Intelligence Newsletter, December 16, 1999.
5. Air University of the US Air Force, AF
Report, http://www.au.af.mil/au/2025/ (emphasis added).
6. Nicholas Begich and Jeane Manning, The
Pandora's Box, Earthpulse Press,
http://www.xyz.net/~nohaarp/earthlight.html. See also the
HAARP home page at http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/).
7. See Briarpatch, January, 2000. (emphasis
8. Quoted in Begich and Manning, op cit.
9. Air University, op cit.
10. Rosalie Bertell, Background of the HAARP
11. Begich and Manning, op cit.
12. Don Herskovitz, Killing Them Softly, Journal
Electronic Defense, August 1993. (emphasis added). According
to Herskovitz, "electronic warfare" is defined
by the US
Department of Defense as "military action involving
of electromagnetic energyпїЅ" The Journal of Electronic
Defense at http://www.jedefense.com/ has published a range
of articles on the application of electronic and
electromagnetic military technologies.
13. Military Space, 6 December, 1999.
14. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,
1992. See complete text at
15. See Associated Press, 18 May 1977.
16. Environmental Modification Ban Faithfully
States Parties Declare, UN Chronicle, July, 1984, Vol. 21,
17. European Report, 7 February 1998.
18. European Parliament, Committee on Foreign
Security and Defense Policy, Brussels, doc. no. A4-0005/99,
14 January 1999.
19. EU Lacks Jurisdiction to Trace Links Between
Environment and Defense, European Report, 3 February
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