Enduring Conspiracy Theories: H.A.A.R.P
The US government’s High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (H.A.A.R.P) is a joint scientific research project of the Air Force and Navy based in Alaska. The purpose of H.A.A.R.P is to study “the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes”. But that’s not what theorists believe about the true nature of the program.
To them, H.A.A.R.P is a program used by the government to create weapons for weather and mind control. These theorists believe that the program is so powerful that the government uses it to orchestrate earthquakes – the ones in Japan and Haiti being the most recent examples – and even floods, drought, hurricanes and thunderstorms.
While this might seem far-fetched to some, the believers point to H.A.A.R.P’s potency to substantiate their theories. The program, apparently, has the power to heat up the ionosphere it studies, which leads to disruptions in the atmospheric currents, Earth’s magnetic poles and weather patterns. People have been using the H.A.A.R.P conspiracy to explain bizarre weather conditions and natural disasters since the 1980s.