Friday, December 7, 2007

"Weather Warfare" - Using Climate as a Weapon: It's Here

Playing God has been an apparent Republican pastime the last 8 years, and now it's been taken to the ultimate Zeusian extreme: using weather as a weapon, employing the latest technology....

It's not just for the defunct Weekly World News anymore.

Check out this blockbuster - climate change, yes, but as a weapon, courtesy of the U.S. government:

"Rarely acknowledged in the debate on global climate change, the world’s weather can now be modified as part of a new generation of sophisticated electromagnetic weapons. Both the US and Russia have developed capabilities to manipulate the climate for military use.

Environmental modification techniques have been applied by the US military for more than half a century. US mathematician John von Neumann, in liaison with the US Department of Defense, started his research on weather modification in the late 1940s at the height of the Cold War and foresaw ‘forms of climatic warfare as yet unimagined’. During the Vietnam war, cloud-seeding techniques were used, starting in 1967 under Project Popeye, the objective of which was to prolong the monsoon season and block enemy supply routes along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The US military has developed advanced capabilities that enable it selectively to alter weather patterns. The technology, which is being perfected under the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), is an appendage of the Strategic Defense Initiative – ‘Star Wars’. From a military standpoint, HAARP is a weapon of mass destruction, operating from the outer atmosphere and capable of destabilising agricultural and ecological systems around the world.
While the substance of the 1977 Convention was reasserted in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, debate on weather modification for military use has become a scientific taboo. "

Since when did the neocons recognize taboos? It's Machiavelli trumping conscience...

"But Rosalie Bertell, president of the International Institute of Concern for Public
Health, says HAARP operates as ‘a gigantic heater that can cause major disruptions in the ionosphere, creating not just holes, but long incisions in the protective layer that keeps
deadly radiation from bombarding the planet’. Physicist Dr Bernard Eastlund called it ‘the
largest ionospheric heater ever built’.

HAARP is presented by the US Air Force as a
research programme, but military documents confirm its main objective is to ‘induce
ionospheric modifications’ with a view to altering weather patterns and disrupting communications and radar. According to a report by the Russian State Duma: ‘The US plans to
carry out large-scale experiments under the HAARP programme [and] create weapons capable of breaking radio communication lines and equipment installed on spaceships and rockets, provoke serious accidents in electricity networks and in oil and gas pipelines, and have a negative impact on the mental health of entire regions.’

An analysis of statements emanating from the US Air Force points to the unthinkable: the
covert manipulation of weather patterns, communications and electric power systems
as a weapon of global warfare, enabling the US to disrupt and dominate entire regions.

Obviously, the campaign against weapons of mass destruction doesn't apply to the U.S.

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