Chapter Twelve

"Trying to pin these guys down is like nailing jello to the wall," That was how one "No HAARP" member described the military's public relations efforts on the project. The HAARP, had little or nothing to do with nature's electropaintings in the sky, the aurora borealis. The project name was the mask behind which the military hid, letting the University of Alaska Fairbanks, through the Geophysical Institute, moved out front on the project, parading it as a research effort with an economic development spin.

The latest additions to the research have revealed government disinformation. The first new item was found in the library at the Geophysical Institute122 and revealed the true scope planned, over the long term, for HAARP and the technologies it uses. Other important items recently uncovered were the remaining nine of twelve patents originally assigned to ARCO Power Technologies Incorporated (APTI) 123 which would eventually end up in the patent portfolio of Raytheon Corporation, one of the world's largest companies.

The meetings and information put together by the military as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process seemed alright to most, although several people were pretty well informed about the possible ill effects of radiofrequency radiation. In most areas of the country this level of knowledge would have been unusual but in "bush" Alaska, radios are a way of life, and many plug into the planet via satellite dish and Internet connections to stay up on the latest research in many fields.


In the winter, time passes slowly, and the new technologies have brought relief and stimulation to the minds of many in these remote reaches of North America. Alaskans also tend to have independent spirits, having had to carve out their niche in some of the most severe environmental conditions in the world. Alaskans are a bit skeptical. For many, the EIS meetings raised more questions than they answered.

The government seemed to try to create the illusion that the project was standing alone when, in fact, it was tied to a number of other experiments and systems. The project requires other equipment to run with the HAARP facility, some of which was described in the military's and University of Alaska Fairbanks' various documents.

The Poker Flat Rocket Range is the largest land based (5,132 acresl24) research facility in the world and the only high latitude rocket range in the United States. It is the only University operated range in the country. Poker Flat Rocket Range has been funded in past years with NASA grants of $1.5 million annually.

122 PL/GP Technical Memorandum No. 195; "Presentations from the HAARP Workshop on Ionospheric Heating Diagnostics, 30 April - 2 May 1991, Phillips Laboratory (AFSC), Hanscom AFB, MA. 01731-5000"; Editor, Major Drew Fisher, October 22, 1991.
123 United States Patent Numbers 4686605; 4712155; 4817495; 4873928; 4954709; 4999637; 5038664; 5041834; 5068669; 5202689; 5218374; and 5293176.

124 Geophysical Quarterly, Volume 10, No. 1 & 2, Winter 1992, pg, 1.

The site also received a $30 million upgrade as a part of a national defense bill passed by the Congress in the early 1990'sl25 when Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu declared,

"We plan to build the best upper atmospheric research facility in the world."126

Public relations communications on HAARP, during 1993 and 1994 denied that the project was formally tied to the Poker Flat Rocket range. During 1992 the Air Force funded, under a separate program, the launch of a 17,000 pound rocket carrying a payload of 2,770 pounds. The Spirit 11 rocket was used to send a high-tech telescope about 205 miles above the Earth to measure emissions from auroral displays.


The Geophysical Institute disclosed that,

"Researchers at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts plan to use the measurements as a part of a larger Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (commonly known as Star Wars) study on atmospheric disturbances. Studying infrared light is important because it can prevent some Air Force satellites from being able to detect targets, other satellites, or clutter in space, just as city lights can prevent people from seeing stars in the sky." 127

A number of other military projects have been reported in the Geophysical Institute's publications which, although they were funded separately, produced information crucial to the planned uses of HAARP. Many of these kinds of projects are revealed throughout this book.

At the same time that the HAARP project started, and the Poker Flat upgrades were funded the University also received, again under separate Congressional funding, $25 million for a Cray Supercomputer which the military indicated was also not "formally" tied to HAARP. 128 However, upon investigating, it was determined that this computer would be committed to 30% Defense Department uses.


While the military couched their wording in ways that deflected interest away from these facts, the records were clear. What was not so clear was why they were not just saying yes, they were going to use all of these systems, yes, these systems interface with this hardware while being funded under separate programsl29 as indicated in their own planning documents. It just didn't add up; what was the big deal anyway?

In a letter to one of Alaska's legislators, the public relations man for HAARP, John Heckscher, stated that,

"the HAARP program is not formally tied to the Poker Flat Rocker Range, nor to the new super-computer at the University of Alaska... However, the research capabilities associated with those excellent facilities will undoubtedly be of interest and use to scientists using the HAARP facility."130

John Heckscher was at the military planning sessions which clearly described the use of these other facilities, The summary of those meetings, in 1990 and 1991, contained the following:

"the incoherent scatter radar facility, envisioned to complement the planned new HF heater, is currently being funded in a separate DoD program, as part of an upgrade at the Poker Flat rocket range, in Alaska."

125 Geophysical Quarterly, Volume B, No, 1 & 2, Winter 1990, pg. 2.

126 Ibid.

127 Geophysical Quarterly, Volume 10, No, 1 & 2, Winter 1992, pg. 1.

128 "Porkpie in the Sky", Anchorage Daily News, We Alaskans , December 15,1991, pages 9-14.
129 PL/GP Technical Memorandum No.195; "Presentations from the HAARP Workshop on Ionospheric Heating Diagnostics,30 April - 2 May 1991,Phillips Laboratory (AFSC), Hanscom AFB, MA. 01731-5000"; Editor, Major Drew Fisher, October 22,1991,

130 Department of the Airforce, Phillips Laboratory, John Heckscher, HAARP Program Manager, Letter to Alaska State Representative Jeannette James, November 12, 1993.

At the same time it turned out that 30% of the computer time on the Supercomputer was for Department of Defense (DoD) purposes.

So why the misinformation? What could be gained by deception, and how much other material was being hidden behind the programs of the University of Alaska?


The reports go on to describe the additional need for "rocket-borne instrumentation", discussion of which was also evaded in the responses by Heckscher to Alaskans inquiring about this project. A review of just one year's grants to the University of Alaska shows dozens of projects not "directly or formally" tied to HAARP, but forming complements of research which will undoubtedly further the program objectives 131.


It was found that the military's public relations program was intended to minimize the significant factors regarding the technology, the interactivity of other projects and the real control and direction of the project. The records showed that HAARP was part of a global cooperative effort which included the USSR, Canada, Japan, Greenland, Norway, Finland, New Zealand and others132 .


NO HAARPer's questioned how much of what information was being shared with the countries uninvolved in the project, considering that all could be adversely affected by HAARP.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is beginning to build a reputation as a leader in geophysical research and planetary system modeling. The Geophysical Institute will continue to attract researchers, but their biggest source of money is from federal governmental agencies tied to the military. The HAARP project is wholly controlled by the military, with the same warning signs around the facility as at other military installations throughout the country. The HAARP facility is a military facility. It seems the University is increasingly being "sidelined" on the project.

At this time, HAARP is,

"A congressionally initiated effort, HAARP is being managed cooperatively by the Air Force and Navy."133

HAARP is not a university research project; it is a "proof-of-concept" project for the military. A "proof-of concept" project is one where advanced research experiments are designed to test, on generally a smaller scale, specific applications of research. These tests allow experimenters to extrapolate results which can then be used to engineer full size technology implementing systems. In other words, this is the step just before full weapon systems development.

The military carefully hid the interaction of the patents originally assigned to APTI and used in conceptualizing HAARP. These twelve patents are described in another chapter of this book, and show how the HAARP system will actually be used as a weapon. The risks associated with the system are also discussed. The most revealing document was one the government has kept in a very tight box - PL/GP Technical Memorandum No. 195.


This document which explains the military applications of the project was supposed to be sanitized before public release.


131 University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical institute Summary of 1993/94 grants.
132 PL/GP Technical Memorandum No.195; "Presentations from the HAARP Workshop on Ionospheric Heating Diagnostics, 30 April - 2 May 1991,Phillips Laboratory (AFSC), Hanscom AFB, MA. 01731-5000"; Editor, Major Drew Fisher; October 22,1991.

133 HAARP Fact Sheet, Office of Naval Research, Phillips Laboratory, November 4, 1993.

This writer was fortunate in finding this document which was misplaced in a library; as shown in another chapter. This document most effectively dismantles the public relations disinformation put forward by the military.


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