by Rosalie Bertell
The Women's Press
Review by Moyra Bremner
first published in Caduceus Magazine,
issue 51, spring 2001
ALL THINGS ARE
Rosalie Bertell's new book, "Planet Earth the Latest weapon
of War", reveals the unbelievable truth in the new generation of
Important books are rare - very rare. "Planet Earth the Latest
Weapon of War" is one such rarity. Like Rachel Carson's
Silent Spring it deserves to be read by everyone who cares a jot
about their future. For it reveals that, behind carefully spin
doctored names like 'the Star Wars project', the military is now
testing radically new weapons which so profoundly imperil the earth,
and all life on it, that to deploy them in the name of security is
like suggesting that becoming a suicide-bomber increases life
As a distinguished American scientist, world expert on radiation,
and winner of major international awards for science, Dr Bertell is
no scaremonger. Yet her cool, incisive, fact-packed, prose not only
reveals weapons worthy of science fiction, but shows that testing
them may be costing thousands of innocent civilian lives - in
She exposes how the military have, for decades, been secretly
conducting experiments, including high-level nuclear explosions,
which may disrupt the vital layers of the atmosphere which protect
us from the sun's lethal radiation. She says these experiments are
often conducted without even discussing with non-military experts
the hazards of damaging these life-preserving earth-veils. And she
believes that such experiments may already have accelerated global
warming and contributed to earthquakes and freak weather conditions.
The story unfolds gently. She tells us that, for four years, a
Russian thermonuclear bomb a thousand times more powerful than
Hiroshima bomb circled above our heads.
And that a single rocket launched by the
US military merely carried enough plutonium to cause lung cancer in
20 million people - had it exploded like some of its non-loaded
In July 1962 NASA announced that high altitude nuclear
tests had created a new radiation belt 750 miles deep, girdling
This damage and pollution was compounded
by 'me too' experiments by the USSR. Dr Bertell says it was 10 years
before American scientists realized that it would be hundreds of
years before the vital earth-shielding Van Allen belts of the
earth's atmosphere would recover from such onslaughts.
However, the repercussions may not be limited to the atmosphere
itself. She says that, after one nuclear experiment, which created
new electromagnetic belts in the atmosphere, the caribou
mysteriously failed to migrate for the first time in 3000 years. A
warning perhaps of how the migration of animals, fish and birds may
be affected by disturbances to electromagnetic fields - and of the
potential impact on man. For, without the caribou, many Inuit people
starved to death.
Moreover, the nuclear radiation was not
confined to the upper atmosphere: caribou and people who survived
were dangerously contaminated with caesium 137, and cancer, lung
disease and infant mortality soared.
Despite opposition from the International Union of Astronomers, the
US military even put 350,000,000 copper needles into orbit. An
experiment which Dr Bertell says some scientist believed may have
upset the balance of the planetary magnetic field, causing the
massive 8.5 Alaskan earthquake and losing Chile part of its coast.
Yet she shows that such experiments are
small beer compared with what is being done today - and is to come.
For example, she describes
HAARP (America's High-frequency Active Auroral
Research Program) a multimillion pound 'civilian' installation,
hidden away in Alaska, ostensibly intended to 'alter the performance
of communications and surveillance systems'.
Seemingly innocent enough, until she
explains that this grid of 180 transmission towers is funded by the
military and is part of the 'Star Wars' defence network. HAARP, and
its linked brother projects are, she says, known to the military as
'ionosphere modification facilities'. For, according to the proposal
for its installation, HAARP is intended to trigger and control
natural processes in the ionosphere in ways 'that could be
potentially exploited for department of Defence Purposes'.
In other words the ionosphere, which
shelters the earth, will be used as the barrel of the gun.
Dr Bertell suggests that so great is the power of such transmitters
that even living near them could be dangerous. She quotes a US
federal Environmental Impact statement which says that HAARP can,
'raise the internal body temperature
of nearby people …(and) detonate aerial munitions, scramble
aircraft communications and flight controls'.
Even slight increases in body
temperature can alter functioning of brain and body and, as she
points out, even a small rise in electromagnetic radiation may cause
an increase in cataracts and leukemia and alter brain and body
chemistry, blood pressure and heart rates. But such direct harm is
the mere tip of the iceberg.
In one type of experiment these transmission towers will, Dr Bertell
reveals, combine to emit a giant beam, of such power that, 'in a
burst lasting more than a few minutes - it will slice through the
ionosphere like a microwave knife' producing a long incision in this
vital layer of the atmosphere. However, the main aim of HAARP is,
she explains, to heat sections of the ionosphere until they bulge to
form a curved 'lens' which will 'reflect' HAARP's massive energy
beams back to earth to destroy selected targets - presumably without
leaving even a trace of what caused the devastation.
The layers of our atmosphere are so little understood that no one
can possibly know the impact of cutting the ionosphere open, or of
making it bulge like a lens.
Moreover, she points out that scientists
have warned that the energy from HAARP may combine with a natural
wave frequency with results which are,
'quite disproportionate to the level
of input' - including disrupting the harmony between 'earth life
forms….and….earth's life support systems'.
The rings round Saturn are thought to
have been caused by a comparable interaction between energy waves.
So, the possibility that HAARP, and its confreres, might trigger
catastrophic changes to this planet cannot be ruled out.
As Dr Bertell explains, everything is
'everything in our universe is in
dynamic equilibrium and this interference (from HAARP) may
destabilize a system that has established and maintained its own
cycle for millions of years' - protecting life on earth.
into the earth
Nor is that all. Dr Bertell says that both HAARP and installations
in Russia - on which America has, remarkably, collaborated - can
also create pulsed, extremely low frequency (ELF) waves which have
been directed deep into the earth itself, potentially disrupting
delicately poised tectonic plates of the earth's crust, such as
those of California's San Andreas fault.
Given the little understood interplay
between tectonic plates, volcano's and the earth's molten core, to
call this playing with fire would be an absurd understatement.
Nor, it seems are these the only military installations threatening
earth's viability. Dr Bertell tells us that HAARP is just one of a
growing chain of astonishingly powerful, and potentially
interactive, military installations, using varied types of
electromagnetic fields or wavelengths, each with a different ability
to affect the earth or its atmosphere.
For example, an installation in Alaska
will have a magnetic field more than 60,000 times greater than the
To anyone who knows the impact of magnetic fields on the human body
the potential risks of such an installation are obvious. Equally, as
Dr Bertell points out, the earth's magnetic field is both produced
by electric currents in the earth's liquid core and interacts with
the Van Allen belts of the earth's atmosphere in ways not yet
With typical restraint, she chooses not to guesstimate the effect
that a magnetic field 60,000 times greater than the earth's will
have on the earth's core or the atmosphere. Yet she believes that
military tests may already have disturbed earth equilibrium.
In addition to showing how earlier
military tests have massively contributed to ozone depletion and
global warming Dr Bertell suggests that some freak weather
conditions and 'natural' disasters may have been directly caused by
testing installations such as HAARP.
earthquakes and freak weather
For example, in 1977 a freak storm which devastated a small town in
Wisconsin and destroyed 350 hectares of forest, followed hot on the
heels of a government ELF wave experiment.
While The Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientist reported that an ELF wave transmitter lay right in the
middle of another storm which brought down 150 - 200 times more rain
than normal. These links are more than purely circumstantial, for
she says that weather modification is on the US air force agenda,
and in 1992 the Russians told the Wall Street Journal they could
already achieve it. And the Wisconsin storm offers what looks very
much like direct evidence.
The question is, does anyone have the wisdom to control weather
wisely, and unselfishly? And do they even begin to understand the
potential for unexpected side-affects from all these experiments. As
she points out, it is since the inception of Star Wars experiments
that El Nino has changed its cycle and become far more severe with
Equally, a Soviet experiment with the ionosphere directly preceded
an earthquake in China which killed 650,000 people.
While in America ELF - type waves were
detected immediately before a San Francisco earthquake in 1989, and
unnatural and unexplained low frequency waves were detected before
earthquakes in Japan and California in 1989, and before an
earthquake in Los Angeles in 1994. We can only wonder whether such
ELF waves preceded the recent earthquakes in El Salvador and India
this year, and whether the carnage has been caused by 'security
experiments' by one of the 'great powers'.
What is certain, as Dr Bertell shows, is that, globally, the number
of earthquakes a year has more than doubled since the inception of
military experiments which affect the earth and its atmosphere. Even
this could, of course, be mere coincidence but another fact suggests
something unusual is going on. Inexplicably, an earthquake in
Bolivia in 1994 originated 600 km below the earth's surface - 24
times deeper than normal.
However, even if no such disasters can be laid at the door of the
world's military, weapons which interfere with the atmosphere
violate the 1976 Environment Modification Convention. Yet, she tells
us that in January 1991, despite America having signed that
convention, the White House waived the requirement for actions by
the Pentagon to be assessed for environmental impact.
However, America and Russia are not
alone in possessing such weapons. Her revelations of 30 years of
military innovations show that Britain, Germany and NATO have all
been involved in military developments which show a cavalier
disregard for life on earth.
Dr Bertell is perhaps one of the few people in the world who could
write this book.
As leader of medical commissions to both
Bhopal and Chernobyl she is skilled in unearthing facts from beneath
mountains of dis-information - accurately scooping the world's
media, on the truth about
depleted uranium weapons, by more than a
year. As a nun dedicated to serving in the world she does not shrink
from the unpopularity accorded a messenger. And her standing as a
scientist, personal integrity, and evidence of meticulous research,
challenge any yearning to disbelieve her.
A long-standing opponent of nuclear weapons, she sees today's
military research as a 'cancer of the body politic' consuming human,
financial, and natural resources which are desperately needed
'I would liken society's dependence
on the military to a family in which one partner is addicted to
something and claims a large proportion of money for feeding the
As she points out, the billions annexed
by defense projects create the very deprivation which eventually
Moreover, she says military research
sequesters many top scientists,
'This "brain drain" from the
civilian economy may be depriving us of those who could resolve
the most serious survival problems now facing the biosphere'.
This is not a comfortable, or easy, book
and needs to be chewed slowly, in small helpings. Yet it is well
worth chewing and her overall message is one of hope.
She says we need to redefine the
militaristic word 'security' to mean 'the protection and responsible
stewardship of the Earth' - and redirect former military expenditure
towards conflict resolution, social justice and sustainable living.
A change which, she believes, can be achieved through active
citizenship, global co-operation, information exchange between
caring people and organizations, and the kind of peaceful pressure
which, in 1996, led to the International Court of Justice declaring
the use of nuclear weapons unlawful.
'I hope this book has given readers
some inspiration as to how the might become involved in helping
this peaceful planet evolve to its full potential. Despite years
of abuse, it is still an amazing and beautiful creation. It
deserves our best efforts. Enjoy it, love it, and save it'.
There she is wrong. It is not the planet
which may die: it is us.
It is ourselves we must love enough to
cherish the miraculous web of life which radiates from the earth's
core to the farthest limits of our universe.
Reveals Many New Weapons of Mass Destruction
by Larry Ross
February 28, 2005
The book is: “Planet Earth the Latest Weapons of War” by Rosalie Bertell, a distinguished and world-famous scientist. She is a winner
of major international awards for science. As a Catholic Nun she has
dedicated her life to her continuous work for humanity.
What she reveals is unbelievably stunning – almost stupefying. Even
I did not want to believe it at first, and I’ve been fighting
against a global nuclear doomsday for over 50 years. But her
credentials are impressive and impeccable.
She reveals how “the military is testing radically new weapons which
imperil the earth and all life on it." Such as HAARP, which heats
sections of the ionosphere until they bulge to form a curved ‘lens’
which will ‘reflect’ HAARP’s massive energy beams back to earth to
destroy selected targets.
‘HAARP may destabilize a system that
has established its own cycle for millions of years’ –
protecting life on earth.
Or ELF, which,
‘creates pulsed, extremely low
frequency waves which have been directed deep into the earth
itself, potentially disrupting delicately poised tectonic plates
of the earths crust’
Off the Coast of Indonesia, tectonic
plates in the Indian Ocean shifted to cause the Boxing Day Tsunami,
killing over 250,000 people in 2004.
Dr Bertell tells us that HAARP and ELF are some of,
‘growing chain of astonishingly
powerful, and potentially interactive, military installations,
using varied types of electromagnetic fields or wavelengths,
each with a different ability to affect the earth or its
Did the Pentagon test HAARP on tectonic
plates off Indonesia, thereby causing the Boxing Day Tsunami? I
don’t know, but I think there should be a scientific investigation
of the causes, with a HARRP test as one of the possibilities. If the
Pentagon has nothing to hide, they should welcome such an
A few facts: A danger is:
‘A HAARP installation in Alaska will
have a magnetic field more than 60,000 times greater than the
A potential result of tests is:
…’Globally, the number of
earthquakes a year has more than doubled since the inception of
military experiments which affect the earth or its atmosphere’
The amount of sheer power available to
the Bush Administration, from their superpower nuclear arsenal,
their other WMD, and now HAARP, ELF and other devices, is
mind-boggling. Adding up all the risks, from nuclear weapons and
their potential usage, to the new weapons, it is likely that due to
“accident, miscalculation, act of madness, or faulty policy
decision” a terminal global disaster will occur.
Everything has been put in place, including thousands of nuclear
missiles on alert status, for a terminal disaster to occur. There
are huge resources in terms of people, money, machines and corporate
organizations – the biggest ever –devoted to increasing the
preparations to unleash what can quickly become a global disaster.
The most important factor of all is the human factor. The Bush
Administration is the most militaristic and dangerous in history –
unleashing wars, such as that on Iraq, based on lies as
justification, and creating pre-emptive war doctrines that sanction
the use of nuclear weapons. They are hostile to advice, even from
conservative sources, and proclaim the ‘truth’ as they decide it to
be. They claim a vision of an American Empire dominating the world,
and a vision of a God-proclaimed nuclear Armageddon in case things
go wrong. They think the gamble is worth it.
What we see in America today is an insane system. It is a
military/industrial juggernaut, in the grip of mad hubristic
doctrines, run by a power-crazed psychopathic but a superficially
sane Administration. They are dedicated, function effectively and
sanely to accomplish their objectives. They are willing to take any
risk, and then deny there is any risk.
They have committed many crimes so far. But like past war criminals,
will always claim such crimes are not crimes, but justified steps to
achieve their objectives. They are unlikely to turn back or learn
any lessons. They define the truth as they decide it to be.
They greatly increase both the danger of
a nuclear catastrophe, and the system which makes it increasingly