Are HAARP Conspiracy Theorists Crazy? Examining the Facts behind Their Claims

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Conspiracy theorists have existed for centuries, often as subjects of ridicule and mockery due to the eccentric and controversial nature of their beliefs. Conspiracy theories have gradually penetrated pop culture, and captured the national zeitgeist in a way that is compelling, entertaining, and to many, downright frightening. These theories based around a wide range of topics such as extraterrestrial life, government cover-ups, religion, secret societies, population control and a laundry list of others have changed the way we process and perceive information, and caused many to be weary of false information.

One such theory is the idea of weather control, and the notion that governments worldwide are in a race to “weaponize” space and essentially control the world by way of weather manipulation. Although these claims seem extremely farfetched at first glance, the idea of “The Rainmaker” is nothing new. Weather is the most powerful force on earth; it is a force that allows life to exist by providing the conditions necessary to sustain it, and is at the root of the cause of deaths related to natural disasters, famine, plagues and diseases, and more. Weather has such a great impact on all aspects of life, including the economy, that it is hard to think of a cause of untimely death that can’t in some way be traced back to the weather. Even murders can be traced back to the weather in developing nations where clean drinking water is a luxury and starvation leads to desperation and drives residents to kill just to feed their family. Without rain, plants can’t grow, livestock cannot be raised, and life cannot be sustained. By that same token, sunlight is another key component that allows organic life to flourish, and without it life cannot be sustained. Needless to say, if someone has the power to control the weather, they have the power to control the world.

By now most of us have heard of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, more commonly referred to as HAARP, but its function and purpose is not only beyond most civilians understanding, it is also a government project which the details of remain classified. The stated purpose of the project on the website HAARP.Alaska.edu is to explore the potential for creating ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. It is speculated however, that HAARP is being used to create weather systems by sending high frequency waves into the ionosphere that change weather patterns and cause natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, floods and other extreme weather conditions that severely impact the area they strike. A simple Google search will return over two million results, ranging from scientific research and mainstream data about the program and its applications in communications technology, to “fringe” news sites and conspiracy blogs which allege the program has much more nefarious intents than communication and surveillance technology research. With the unexplainable weather patterns and dramatic changes that have grown in frequency and severity at a rapid pace over the past few years, it seems like a better time than ever to examine the claims made by these so called conspiracy theorists for any trace elements of truth.

Here are the facts: According to WorldWatch Institute, in 2012 there were 905 natural catastrophes worldwide, 93% of which were weather related. These catastrophes included storms, floods, heat waves, wildfires, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. HAARP was completed by BAE Technologies, a multinational security, aerospace, and defense company headquartered in the UK. In 2007, when the natural disaster tally was in the area of 450 for that year. Two years later in 2009, the number of reported natural disasters had jumped to nearly double that of 2007 at more than 850. Between 2009 and 2012, that number climbed to over 900 as mentioned above. Was this simply a product of better, more accurate reporting of weather and worldwide disasters, or was there a correlation between the birth of HAARP and the significant jump in weather related natural disasters? Trying to find the answer to that question online will likely only result in frustration as there is a seemingly intentional lack of published evidence in either direction, and the amount of information that is available is largely provided by less than credible sources.

While we can’t know for sure whether or not HAARP is a secret government project designed to eventually give the US government and its allies complete control of the weather, thus allowing them to control the economy, agriculture, population, and just about everything else that exists on this planet, we can be certain that the weather and environment is undergoing a monumental shift at present time that seems to be getting more and more aggressive and grim with each passing day. Although we see ourselves as an incredibly advanced race who have it all figured out, at the end of the day what this really boils down to is advanced primates toying with the ionosphere in a deadly game of Russian roulette on a grand scale. Trial and error can result in devastating consequences when you are dealing with something as volatile as the ionosphere and essentially playing God without knowing for certain what the effects of their “testing” will have on the world in the long run. Needless to say, tampering with the ionosphere poses several inherently dangerous risks to the planet we call home.

We are seeing changes all around us, many of which come tied to disasters and deaths. Right now there is a massive flood in Colorado that has torn apart homes and left several dead and hundreds missing, a typhoon in Japan that has prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents and raised fears over the storm causing more contaminated water running out to sea from the Fukushima atomic power plant, and in Mexico tropical storm Manuel has left at least 24 dead and Hurricane Ingrid is moving in on the coast in the Gulf. Those are four enormous weather disasters in three different countries currently acting simultaneously, leaving behind a path of death and destruction. Could this be a result of HAARP tampering with the ionosphere, or is it all just one big coincidence? My grandfather used to say “Coincidence exists only in the minds of those who are too frightened to consider the truth.” I do believe in coincidence, but I also believe in cause and effect. Whether or not HAARP is to blame for the significant increase in natural disasters across the globe, there is no doubting that something is causing the change; we just need to figure out what it is, and prepare ourselves to experience a turbulent and uncertain future where the types of disasters we keep reading about in the news are in our very own backyard.

Brandon Honeycutt is a writer and community outreach coordinator for The Law Firm of George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates, a criminal defense law firm in San Diego. Brandon moonlights as a freelance journalist and aspiring columnist in San Diego, CA. Contact him via Twitter @seoallday.

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