HAARP Closes Down Due to Budget Cuts, EPA Regulations

July 16th, 2013

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, otherwise known as HAARP, has officially been shut down due to budget cuts and the facility’s failure to meet EPA regulations mandated under the Clean Air Act. Many skeptics, conspiracy theorists, and alternative media sites have alleged that the iconic HAARP Station, a mysterious battery of antennas and radio transmitters, is a weapon of mass destruction.

Its alleged capabilities range from mass mind control to weather manipulation, depending on the theory in question. The government claims the facility was originally built to perform research aimed at enhancing communications and surveillance capabilities. Now the facility remains locked down, powered off, and abandoned with no operating budget. Is this the end of an era for a popular conspiracy theory or is this just a ruse to throw the sleuths off HAARP’s trail?

Shrouded in Mystery

Since HAARP is essentially a defense project, it has remained cloaked in confidentiality. Conspiracy theories are a moss that naturally grows in the shadows of government’s secrets. Since the state often conducts wicked business in private, certain types of activists narrow their focus when information is held back from the public.

HAARP’s status as a defense project, along with its intimidating size and look, has given it a reputation similar to the world-destroying laser built into the Death Star from Star Wars. Its alleged capabilities as a weapon are Earth-shattering in scope, whether it be the manipulation of weather phenomena like tornadoes and hurricanes or the causation of mass, city-wide anxiety and mental discomfort.

Closed for Business

Save for a few months worth of booked DARPA contract work later this year, the HAARP Station appears to be totally abandoned and collecting cobwebs. However, the nature of DARPA’s future work at the facility is unknown. It’s possible that additional projects could continue to take place there in the coming years.

In mere hours, new and skeptical theories have emerged, this time alleging that HAARP’s shutdown is itself a ruse and that the facility is still running, but has been sold to another contractor. However, that contractor would have to be very wealthy, as the HAARP Station costs $300,000 per month to maintain and $500,000 to run on full blast for a 10-day period. It also needs $800,000 worth of work to pass EPA regulations.

HAARP is likely one of the biggest, most impressive-looking pieces of Department of Defense waste of all time. The government has failed to point out a practical use for the sprawling, big budget facility. That fact alone may be responsible for its status as an object of conspiracy theorists — the less that is known, the more that can be assumed.

If HAARP is indeed a weather manipulating or mind control device, then the US government just lost those capabilities to budget cuts. First, no more White House tours, now, no more alleged doomsday device. It turns out the sequester wasn’t the end of the world after all.

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About the Author: Barry Donegan

Barry Donegan is a singer for the experimental mathcore band Look What I Did, a writer, a self-described "veteran lifer in the counterculture", a political activist/consultant, and a believer in the non-aggression principle.