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Murkowski’s HAARP Fight Keeps Wrecking Ball Away for a Year


July 09, 2014
Wednesday AM

(SitNews) Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski received official word last week from the Secretary of the Air Force that the Pentagon is delaying its plans to demolish the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility site in Gakona – or ‘HAARP’ – for another year so that a possible transfer to a university or scientific institution can be explored. This news comes as a result of Murkowski’s recent attempts to communicate the important work done by the facility among Pentagon brass, including sharing the favorable views of the international research community towards HAARP.

jpg Murkowski’s HAARP Fight Keeps Wrecking Ball Away for a Year

HAARP Project: Gacona, Alaska

In a Senate hearing on May 14, Senator Murkowski (R-AK) questioned why the Pentagon was planning to demolish HAARP this summer in order to cut costs, asking whether it was fiscally sound to destroy an approximately $300 million facility when it costs less than one percent of that amount to operate it each year. When she questioned the witnesses, she asked why they couldn’t consider handing off control and operational costs to the University of Alaska or another research institute and keep the world-class facility open and running.

In response to Senator Murkowski’s reasoning, the Secretary of the Air Force sent a letter stating: “Your letter indicates the University of Alaska or a consortium of academic or research institutions are interested in taking ownership of the facility in the near future. In response, the Air Force is willing to slow the closure process and defer irreversible dismantling of the transmitter site until May 2015... The Air Force will continue to maintain an open dialogue with the University of Alaska or a consortium of interested scientific research institutions should they wish to develop and assess alternative plans in a timely manner.”

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Work on the HAARP Station began in 1993. The current working Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI) was completed in 2007, and its prime contractor was BAE Systems Advanced Technologies. As of 2008, HAARP had incurred around $250 million in tax-funded construction and operating costs. It was reported to be temporarily shut down in May 2013, awaiting a change of contractors. In May 2014, it was announced that the HAARP program will be shut down later in the year.

The most prominent instrument at the HAARP Station is the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a high-power radio frequency transmitter facility operating in the high frequency (HF) band. The IRI is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the Ionosphere.

HAARP is a target of conspiracy theorists, who claim that it is capable of modifying weather, disabling satellites and exerting mind control over people, and that it is being used as a weapon against terrorists. Commentators and scientists say that proponents of these theories are "uninformed", as most theories put forward fall well outside the abilities of the facility and often outside the scope of natural science.


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews

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