(NaturalNews) In August 2010, as much of Russia’s cultivable land was being consumed by flames, then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin issued an order halting all grain exports, choosing instead to preserve what could be harvested for his own people.
The out-of-control wildfires spread quickly amid a punishing drought that produced conditions leading to the destruction of more than one-third of Russian farmland used to grow crops.
Or was the drought to blame? Some suspected something much more sinister.
As reported by The Guardian, a UK-based newspaper, the Russian tabloid press openly posited at the time that the United States may have been behind temperatures and drought not seen throughout Russia in 140 years. They speculated that the U.S. government was orchestrating the heatwave in order to give American farmers an advantage in the global marketplace while sticking it to an old nemesis. They speculated that a controversial experiment built and funded by the military and civilian institutes of higher learning was to blame.
How would such weather control be possible? From an array that had long been based in Alaska, where “harmful rays” were being directed at Russia’s harvest land, the Guardian said, quoting the Russian tabloids.
Weather control? Counter-EMP weapon?
The writers undoubtedly were referring to HAARP — High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, a little-known U.S. military project some believe is used for electronic warfare, weather modification and other deviant uses.
Or, at least, it used to be. In May 2014, NBC News reported that the U.S. military notified Congress it would be shutting HAARP down.
HAARP – a collection of 180 antennae spread over 40 acres – is still around today, though.
First, some background. Many theorize that the array has been – and may still be – used to control or modify weather patterns, perhaps strategically, as in directing energy from the array to affect weather and food production of potential enemies and others that Washington wants to dominate.
Still others, like Global Research, a Canada-based think tank, believe that HAARP is designed to help the U.S. military achieve its goal of “full spectrum dominance” by 2020. Full spectrum dominance is described by the Defense Department as ensuring the military has the capability, alone or with allies, to “defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.” That encapsulates four separate areas: precision engagement, dominant maneuver, full-dimensional protection and focused logistics.
Still in operation
But that’s not to say that the Pentagon does not want to learn how to control weather. An Air Force research paper published in 1996 by several officers proposed exactly that: Developing technology to own the weather and turn it into a “force multiplier” by 2025. The paper states:
In 2025, US aerospace forces can “own the weather” by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications. Such a capability offers the war fighter tools to shape the battlespace in ways never before possible. It provides opportunities to impact operations across the full spectrum of conflict and is pertinent to all possible futures.
One of the biggest fears is that our country could be hit with an electromagnetic pulse weapon – a high-altitude airburst of a nuclear device that would fry nearly all unhardened electronic devices and much of our power grid. Similar concerns have been voiced about a massive solar flare from the sun that would essentially do the same thing. Was HAARP really designed to be the ultimate second-strike electronic warfare weapon?
As for whether the facility remains in operation, this local Alaska media report said the project shut-down would be postponed for a year, while investigative news site The Intercept reported in July 2015 that the facility was to be transferred to civilian control – the University of Alaska, which had always partly funded it – the following month.
“…That agreement allows access for two years which will provide the university and the Air Force time to negotiate an agreement regarding the transfer of the land,” Marmian Grimes, a university spokesperson, told The Intercept in an email.