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New Document Reveals Military Mystery's Powers

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:30:24 -0500
Archived: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:30:24 -0500
Subject: New Document Reveals Military Mystery's Powers

Source: Wired - NEw York, New York, USA


December 10, 2007

New Document Reveals Military Mystery's Powers
By David Hambling

[Links & images at site]

For years, no military program has sparked more fevered
speculation from conspiracy theorists than the mysterious High
Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP. And for
years, the Pentagon has been pooh-poohing speculation that the
enormous collection of transmitters, radars, and magnetometers
in Alaska was some sort of superweapon.

But, it turns out, the conspiracy theorists may not have been
entirely off-base, after all.

Since its inception, there's been a huge range of opinion on
what HAARP actually does: everything from a giant mind control
facility to a space nuke countermeasure to a weather controller
to an ionosphere-boiling mad science experiment to the mother of
all pork projects has been suggested. But now that the program
is actually up an running, military managers say the electronics
array has much more benign use. "HAARP's main job is to produce
radio waves to probe the ionosphere," an Air Force Research
Laboratory officer said in October.

Which is true - up to a point.

A drive by Clifford Stone on the X-Files-esque uber-site Above
Top Secret to use the Freedom of Information Act to turn up UFO-
related documents has led to the release of a fascinating
report, HAARP: Research and Applications. It's from the Air
Force Research Laboratory and Office of Naval Research, and it
lays out the uses the military see for HAARP. Turns out the
Pentagon wants some military bang for their buck from the

HAARP can actually perform a lot of militarily important
functions, all involving the interactions of radio waves with
the high atmosphere, magnetosphere and ionosphere.

The document points out that "on the higher frequency end
(VHF/UHF) transionospheric propagation is a ubiquitous element
of numerous civilian and military communication systems,
surveillance and remote sensing systems." In other words,
messing with the ionosphere means you can shut down VHF radio,
TV and radar signals at will. As radio hams know, the reflection
and refraction effects of the ionosphere make a huge difference
to long-range radio reception, and HAARP provides the only means
of influencing that.

Another interesting feature is how HAARP can influence the
'auroral electrodynamic circuit', a natural flow of electricity
with ranges from 100,000 to 1 million megawatts ("equivalent to
10 to 100 large power plants"). Messing with the electrical
properties of the ionosphere means some of this tremendous flow
of power can be changed at the flick of a switch. In effect, the
natural flow can be modulated to create a gigantic low-frequency
radio transmitter.

Which is extremely interesting to military types. Extremely low
frequency, or ELF, waves can be used for submarine
communications and for probing the planet; because of the way
they propagate, HAARP can cover "a significant fraction of the
Earth." The document says that the waves can be used for "seabed
exploration" and even locating mines underwater, not to mention
"underground target detection."

HAARP can also "induce precipitation of energetic particles" in
the ionosphere, which "could impact the operation and lifespan
of satellites." While this is mainly about protecting satellites
from particles from solar flares or nuclear explosions, the
phrasing suggests that it might be able to have a subtle
negative impact on satellites as well.

At the High Frequency range, HAARP also has some useful tricks,
including being able to "enhance ground-to-ground and satellite-
to-ground links that would otherwise be marginal or absent." Its
ability to create a radio-reflective layer means it can create
new over-the-horizon capabilities for radio and radar systems.
It can even act as a HF radar emitter itself.

The third band is optical and near-optical: HAARP can make
lights in the sky. While we have looked at the effect of
creating high-altitude plasmas before (as possible anti-missile
defence), the document notes that it can also produce "airglow
with megawatt power=85in the IR [infrared] region of the
spectrum." This has "significant military implications for IR
detection and countermeasures." The picture with this shows the
IR glow below a satellite, suggesting that the system may be
able to blank out the view of IR satellites selectively. Given
that such satellites are the best way of detecting the launch of
ICBMs, this is a significant capability.

All in all, it's a set-up that can do a lot more than just basic
research. And while this may not seem much compared to weather
modification, remember that these are just the capabilities
they're willing to make public...

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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