HAARP; A U.S. Conspiracy Theory Magnet

HAARP; A U.S. Conspiracy Theory Magnet

In 1993, The US Air Force began construction on a $290 million project that would enable the government’s foremost atmospheric researchers to study the ionosphere — the top layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. The research center, now run by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, is called the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, and is located in the frozen wilderness of Gakona, Alaska. For a number of reasons, HAARP’s activities have drawn the attention of citizens who are suspicious of the organization’s practices.

Over the years, HAARP has been officially credited with conducting useful and successful research, but because of its highly complex work, officials claim its purpose has been largely misunderstood by detractors. For this reason, it has been ground zero for criticism since its inception.

Situated in the remote wilderness of an already low-population state — purportedly to promote secrecy — HAARP features 360 radio transmitters, 180 antennas, and 5 powerful generators that create geometric patterns in every direction when turned on. The antennas, each a foot thick and stretching 72 feet into the sky, continue to raise eyebrows.


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A section of the HAARP antenna field.

Shortly after the facility opened, the public began reporting strange phenomena — not only in the region, but around the world. Activists challenged HAARP’s activities, vocally questioning what the organization was really up to. While the government continues to deny any connection with changes in weather, frequencies of earthquakes, and chemtrails in the skies, it has made deliberate efforts to quell suspicions about the nature of its operations. Yet these are not nearly enough to quiet HAARP’s notable detractors, including former Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez and former Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura.

Ventura questioned whether the government was using HAARP to manipulate the weather or overwhelm citizens with mind-controlling radio waves. While the Air Force acknowledged that Ventura had made an official request to visit the research station, he and his crew nevertheless were denied access.

Weaponizing the Weather

One of the most popular and far-reaching accusations against HAARP is that the organization deliberately creates destruction on a global scale, causing earthquakes, cyclones, flooding, snowstorms, and other disasters, around the world. Critics of HAARP assert that it has the capacity to send microwave radiation beneath the ground, strategically pinpointing faultlines, and that the size of HAARP’s fields of antennas have the potential for tremendous damage to the environment as, unlike other ionosphere research centers across the world, only HAARP has the ability to focus the energy from the field onto a specific spot in the atmosphere.

One of countless earthquakes claimed to have been linked to HAARP was an Iran-Iraq earthquake that killed around 500 people in November of 2017. Despite tensions between those two nations and the United States, Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Law Enforcement Mohammed Hossein Zolfaqari dismissed malintent, denying that such rumors had “any scientific basis.”

Given the fact that branches of the United States government have openly discussed technologies used to interfere with the weather and cause Earth changes, it is difficult to dismiss critics so quickly. In 2005, the Air Force stated, “Weather modification will become a part of domestic and international security and could be done unilaterally… It could have offensive and defensive applications and even be used for deterrence purposes. The ability to generate precipitation, fog, and storms on earth or to modify space weather…and the production of artificial weather all are a part of an integrated set of technologies which can provide substantial increase in US, or degraded capability in an adversary, to achieve global awareness, reach, and power.”

Mind Control

The concept of mind control goes back centuries, if not millennia. While manipulation of people’s moods, emotions, and decisions has long been the way to control the masses, it is only recently that technology has been employed to do the job efficiently. What was once science fiction is now fact. HAARP critics claim the facility is attacking the citizens of the world telepathically, influencing thoughts with low frequency vibrations.

In 2013, former Central Intelligence Agency employee Edward Snowden leaked classified government files, some revealing HAARP’s numerous global surveillance systems. Allegations are that natural geomagnetic waves are being replaced with artificial VLF (very low frequency) ground waves matching the frequency of human brainwaves, thus influencing human behavior. It’s said that HAARP also uses cell phone towers as electrical stimulation conductors, able to reach and affect entire regions.

Bob McCoy, director of the Geophysical Institution at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has made an attempt to refute claims, saying, “Electrical signals in the mind are low frequency. HAARP is very large frequency, the waves are meters-long. So there’s no way they could control minds.” But this statement doesn’t hold water with concerned citizens who have cited the observations of Yale University’s professor of physiology Jose Delgado, PhD, the pioneer of electromagnetic mind control. In Delgado’s peer reviewed report, “Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society,” he states that it is possible to control human movements, glandular functions, and specific mental manifestations using electromagnetic stimulation.

Communications and the Columbia Shuttle

Because of HAARP’s futuristic-seeming research and the organization’s official stance that  it is developing future-tech tools — including the aforementioned radio frequency transmitters — skeptics assert it has the fortitude to disrupt communications networks. HAARP, they claim, has the capacity to dismantle entire electronics communications systems with its far-reaching technology.

Related to this capability are accusations that HAARP was behind the malfunction of the Columbia space shuttle crash in 2003, and was responsible for destroying the craft’s electronic devices. Radio engineer Marshall Smith, who was monitoring HAARP on the fateful day of Flight STS-107’s demise, backs up this claim, contending that HAARP was “operating in missile defense mode starting about 90 minutes before Columbia’s re-entry, and then for about 90 minutes afterward.” An official investigation, however, reported that a damaged wing was actually responsible for the malfunction.



Theories regarding HAARP’s agenda and activities, while well-developed, are still largely lacking in the scientific evidence. Regardless, outspoken and irate critics inundate the internet, drowning out multitudes of scientists attempt to explain away a cascade of accusations. Despite the fact that HAARP has opened its doors to the public, offering guided tours to clear the mystery, skepticism persists. Like many of HAARP’s detractors, Al Zehelski, an army veteran who visited the facility during its first open house in 2016, maintained, “Even though it’s open to the public, there’s a lot of things they don’t tell you about it. Or what it does…We’re not getting the whole truth, and there’s still classified information about that facility.”

It is unclear whether the global increase in geological disturbances is merely coincidental to HAARP’s activities, or if the organization is withholding information from the public. Until more evidence accumulates, we are unlikely to know for certain whether there is reason for concern. But we do know that over the decades, many government explanations have been proven to be cover-ups, such as the assassination of JFK. When good answers are substituted with “official statements,” people are moved distrust the government and to investigate the truth for themselves.

Black Knight 13,000-Year-Old Satellite Mystery Decoded?

Black Knight 13,000-Year-Old Satellite Mystery Decoded?

Space debris or a 13,000-year-old satellite? A mysterious object, dubbed the Black Knight, orbits the Earth, puzzling scientists of the past and present. Some, like inventor and scientist Nicola Tesla, claim to have received radio signals from the orbiting figure. Astronaut Gordon Cooper was adamant that, in 1963, he saw it from his own spacecraft. The documented history of the existence of the Black Knight continues to mystify scientists.

Nicola Tesla and the Black Knight

Although Nicola Tesla’s inventions changed the way people live today, back in 1899 his peers viewed him as eccentric and somewhat of a mad scientist. When he built a laboratory and a 210-foot tower in Colorado Springs in order to experiment with electricity and record electromagnetic disturbances, his colleagues did not take him seriously. When he reported that he had received signals from extraterrestrials, the newspapers of the day mocked him.

Despite the ridicule of his peers, Tesla was excited about the signals he received, and came to fervently believe that he “had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another. A purpose was behind these electrical signals.” Researchers now believe the signals Tesla received likely came from the Black Knight.

Modern History of the Black Knight

Although there were some reports in the 1930s of astronomers around the world receiving strange radio signals, in 1954, the St. Louis Dispatch ran an article titled, “Artificial Satellites Are Circling Earth, Writer on ‘Saucers’ says.” The referenced writer was Donald E. Keyhoe who wrote about unidentified satellites orbiting the Earth. He claimed the government knew about them and was trying to discover their source.

Keyhoe later wrote a book, “Aliens in Space: The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects,” where he documented his knowledge of UFOs including what he knew about the Black Knight. Gaia’s Deep Space series discusses some of his work.

Scientists and astronomers reported seeing the satellite as it orbited the Earth. In 1953, a professor at the University of New Mexico saw a “blip of unknown origin.” In 1957, Dr. Luis Corralos, with the Communications Ministry in Venezuela, was taking pictures of the Russian satellite, Sputnik II, as it passed over Caracas. The Black Knight showed up in his photographs. This was the first known actual picture of the object.

In 1960, an American satellite showed the object following Sputnik 1, which was still orbiting the Earth. The UFO was in a polar orbit. At that time, neither the U.S. nor the Russians were capable of putting a satellite in that type of orbit. The object also appeared to be much larger and heavier than anything either country could launch.

In the 1960s, TIME magazine, as well as other news publications, reported on the Black Knight and referred to it as possibly having an extraterrestrial origin. Some North American Ham operators had detected signals coming from the object. Some even reported receiving coded messages. On September 3, 1960, the Black Knight showed up on radar for the first time. People on the ground viewing it with the naked eye could see it for about two weeks. The government reportedly established a committee to investigate the object, but no report was ever made public.

In 1963, Astronaut Gordon Cooper was orbiting the Earth when he said he saw a “glowing green light” ahead of his space capsule. At the same time, a tracking station in Australia, over which the spacecraft was orbiting at the time, reported seeing the object on radar. The evening news reported on Cooper’s sighting, and for the first time, the object was referred to as the Black Knight Satellite. The name stuck, but Cooper’s report did not.

NASA soon debunked Cooper’s UFO sighting, claiming there had been a malfunction in the space capsule which caused gases to emit what appeared glowing light. The result, said NASA, was that Cooper had a hallucination and did not see a UFO. Cooper later confirmed that he had definitely seen a UFO on his 1963 space orbit and that NASA had prohibited him from discussing it. Until his death in 2004, Cooper claimed that he did not have a hallucination in the spacecraft, but saw a UFO. He was very vocal during his lifetime about his belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life and his frustration that the U.S. government continued to cover up evidence of alien contacts.

In 1998, astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavor, on their way to the International Space Station (ISS), took photographs of the object. NASA again disagreed with the astronauts and claimed what they saw and photographed was not a UFO, but instead, just space debris, most likely a thermal blanket.

Black Knight Communications with Human Beings

Influential people and highly respected authors, movie producers, and directors and members of secret societies have claimed to receive communications from alien beings including signals from the Black Knight. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the Star Trek television series and movies, is almost a household name. In 1973 to 1974 he was reportedly associated with a secret society called “The Council of Nine.” The Nine, in brief, were a group of prominent people who believed that the channeled messages received by their leaders were actually messages sent by extraterrestrials. Roddenberry allegedly based his Star Trek episodes on what he learned from the Nine, including the giveaway title he chose for a post Star Trek series called, “Deep Space Nine.” Many believed the source of the channeled messages was the Black Knight.

Author Philip K. Dick claimed to have communications with alien beings. The way he described his first encounter with the being in February 1974 is consistent with some of the captured coded messages from the Black Knight. Dick’s VALIS trilogy was, according to those who knew him or researched him, really a fictionalized autobiography and not science fiction. It pulled from his communications with an alien entity, which were likely from the Black Knight.

Is the Black Knight still with us?

Two separate people in different parts of the country who were each photographing the Blue Moon on July 31, 2015, captured what they believe is the Black Knight. The object was once again passing by the ISS. Is the Black Knight an ancient alien vessel? Could it be a satellite from somewhere in deep space that is trying to communicate with humans on earth? Or, is simply a piece of space debris left behind by spacecraft made by Earthlings? You decide.

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