Chapter Nineteen

An article in Science News in 1982 said joint research carried out by scientists from Lockheed Space Sciences Laboratory in Palo Alto, California and Stanford University had found that very low frequency transmitters (HAARP will produce emissions in these ranges in some applications) caused streams of particles to rain down from the outermost regions of the atmosphere.


The research was funded by the Office of Naval Research (one of the project controllers of HAARP). Their experiments confirmed that,

"even low frequency radio waves leak into the magnetosphere, causing the phenomenon. There the radio signals are amplified as much as 1,000 times, altering the motion of free electrons thousands of miles out in space."185

Even though one of the scientists involved in HAARP, Dr. Amran Iman, was quoted in the article, none of this information was in the Environmental Impact Statement on HAARP.


This scientist's involvement in the current project was confirmed by John Heckscher, HAARP Program Manager, in a letter responding to a request for information.186 Dr. Iman, at the time of the Stanford University research, saw this as an opportunity to use the magnetic lines of force in the upper atmosphere to enhance communications and to be able to conduct controlled experiments in the ionosphere (which later became an expressed area of interest for the HAARP program).

As mentioned in Chapter Nine, Stanford University's work goes back even further, to the research efforts of Robert Helliwell, who revealed in 1975 that we were already inadvertently altering the ionosphere with Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio waves from power lines. While working in Antarctica, he discovered that these energy signals could be multiplied by up to 1000 times by a coherent interaction with particles in the radiation belts.


These radio waves cause an "electronic rain in the ionosphere, and this inevitably alters weather patterns in the lower atmosphere." 187 It turned out that the Department of Defense (DoD) was working on this concept before 1976.188 The use of "coherent VLF" was also discussed with John Heckscher, HAARP Program Manager189, regarding geophysical probing for earth-penetrating tomography applications of HAARP. In that discussion, he did not mention this multiplying factor (which happens when the signal in the VLF range reaches the ionosphere).


This 1000-times multiplying factor creates a huge question, a big hole in the Environmental Impact Statement, and maybe disruption in normal weather patterns. This "coherent signal" is also mentioned in a communication from Paul C. Roosa, Jr., Chairman of the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Inter-department Radio Advisory Committee, Spectrum Planning Committee which oversees frequency assignments and reviews interactions of broadcasters.

185 "VLF: Getting Particles Excited", Science News, December 18 and 25, 1982, pg.392.

186 Letter From John Heckscher, HAARP Program Manager, Department of the AirForce, Phillips Laboratory, to Dr. Arther Grey, Secretary, Spectrum planning Subcommittee, National Telecommunications Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce, November 17,1994.

187 The Cooling, by Lowell Ponte, 1976, pg 169.

188 Ibid.

189 Interview with John Heckscher by Jeane Manning, 2-21-95.

This multiplying factor was either ignored by Roosa's group, or they lacked the understanding of this upper atmospheric interaction. 190 The research into "charged particle rain" started in the Antarctic, moved to Stanford and then to Alaska from the bottom of the globe to the top of the world.


The problem with this being omitted from HAARP documents is that these energy/atmospheric interactions, at current levels of man-induced radiations, are already causing possible weather and other environmental hazards. Increasing the energy deliberately transferred to the upper atmosphere through ionospheric heaters becomes a horrendous act of bad judgment. In fact, in the early 1990's it was reported by Dr. W. Volkrodt of Bad Neustadt, West Germany, that these low frequency radio radiations might be responsible for both environmental and human health problems.191


190 Letter To Mr. Larry D. Gondek from Paul C, Roosa, Jr., Chairman of the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee, Spectrum Planning Committee, December 15, 1994.
191 American/European magazine, Raum & Zeit, Vol. 1 No. 2, 1989, pages 52-57

Throughout the press releases and "fact sheets" spewed out by the military representatives on the project, the focus is on the innocuous academic/scientific research inquires made via HAARP. This is a deception, and deflection from the real "heart" of the program as described in the early planning sessions on the project. A full list of the participants in the planning session was released, and it includes all of the principal players from the universities, APTI, and the military. These same individuals worked together, over the next several years, deflected public attention away from the project.

How much these people individually knew of the project's real intent is unknown. Following the standard military approach to these types of efforts, we assume that participants were only given the pieces of information they needed to do their jobs. The research shows that APTI was a Star Wars subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO), and some of the "key personnel" assigned by APTI to the project were the inventors of some of the patents eventually discussed in the military records on the HAARP project.

The HAARP system is a tool, a radio frequency transmitter and broadcasting system of immense power. From the perspective of the geophysicist, it has certain applications, but to the physiologist and behaviorist perhaps it offers a much different set of possibilities.


Regard-less of the public relations proclamations by Heckscher and others, the record says it all,

"The heart of the program will be the development of a unique ionospheric heating capability to conduct the pioneering experiments required to adequately assess the potential for exploiting ionospheric enhancement technology for DoD purposes."

Are these DoD purposes for innocuous scientific research or for someone's vision of high-tech hardware for enhancing the warfare capability of the United States? 192

192 HAARP HF Active Auroral Research Program, Joint Program Plans and Activities, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Navy Office of Naval Research, February 1990.


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