The US military's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP), based at Gakona, Alaska, is the latest electromagnetic/geophysical warfare programme to raise concerns locally and internationally, so much so that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) once interrupted its news programme to run a 15-minute documentary, titled 'Geophysical Warfare', to alert its viewers.
HAARP's origins go back to Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American cult hero whose inventions have influenced so many of the technologies we use today. Tesla theorised about a 'Tesla Shield' of electromagnetic weapons which, he said, would protect the Earth from missiles. He also talked about the possibility of electronic particles being turned into a weapon using a beam. In the 1920s and 30s, this idea became known as the 'Death Ray'.
Tesla's ideas greatly influenced Dr Bernard Eastlund, an American physicist, who finally registered a patent for an invention that could be used to change the weather, disrupt communications all over the world, and might be used to deflect a missile attack. The biggest attraction of Dr Eastlund's idea was the ability to blast enemy ballistic missiles from the air.
Eastlund himself was interviewed by the History Channel for its documentary, and he explained that his original plan involved the building of a single huge antenna, "big enough and powerful enough to make major modifications to the ionosphere. This was at the height of the Cold War. My focus was on the defence against a major Russian missile occurrence. The plan was to make a shield over Canada, over the US, over the whole world, which a missile could not penetrate."
Eastlund told the CBC: "The basic concept was to build a very large antenna, then to utilise a large amount of power to Deam those radio waves up into the upper atmosphere." Asked if he had approached the US Pentagon with his invention, Eastlund said, "Yes, but what I am not able to tell you is the details of what they are going to do."
The CBC said an American delegate, identified only as Mr X, told the journalist who broke the original story: "The maniacs are actually going to do it, up in Alaska." The maniacs were in the Pentagon and he was convinced that they were conspiring to build Bernard Eastlund's sky zapper "under the guise of a nice research project deep in the Alaskan bush called HAARP."
Soon word spread in the Alaskan cold recesses and a band of suspicious Alaskans set out to warn people...