On January 12, a huge earthquake struck impoverished Haiti, killing over 100,000 people and devastating the country. The catastrophe made the headlines throughout the media, but related reports, which received little to no attention in the mainstream western press, came out concerning an unconfirmed claim by the Russian Northern Fleet and Hugo Chavez that the quake was caused by a flawed US Navy “earthquake weapons” test which had gone “horribly wrong”; a forerunner to the use of such a weapon against Iran. In the US, only Fox News reported these accusations, dismissing it as wild conspiracy theory and mocking Chavez for his outrageous claims. Indeed, the concept of earthquake weaponry is to many farfetched, to say the least. But is such a device beyond the realm of scientific possibility, or could there be more to these claims than meets the eye?
Since the late 70s, the US has allegedly made great advances in development of devices which employ a Tesla Electromagnetic Pulse, Plasma and Sonic technology along with “shockwave bombs”, which some believe has culminated today in the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). In the mid-1990s the Russian State Duma issued a press release on HAARP, stating that the US was “creating new integral geophysical weapons that may influence the near-Earth medium with high-frequency radio waves … The significance of this qualitative leap could be compared to the transition from cold steel to firearms, or from conventional weapons to nuclear weapons.” And while the US maintains that HAARP is strictly used for ionosphere analysis for the purpose of communications and technology, there is some evidence to suggest that low frequency wave technology in addition to electromagnetic pulse weaponry could indeed be used to artificially trigger earthquakes.
The basic principle of such a weapon can be understood in relation to mechanical resonance and the concept of a resonance disaster, in which induced vibrations matching a system’s resonance frequency cause it to oscillate. At the turn of the 20th century it is alleged that revolutionary scientist Nikola Tesla, while experimenting with mechanical oscillators, inadvertently discovered an “Earthquake Machine”. Since the 1960s, the US military and other agencies have been actively researching various alternatives to conventional weapons which fall under the same umbrella of research as Tesla’s into various energy forms and their applications. The Office of Naval Research, in its synopsis on its Directed Energy Program, states: “Directed energy weapons, such as high-power lasers or high-power microwaves, and their associated applications as weapons systems have been under investigation since the 1960s and ’70s.” In 1994, a Library of Congress Report was released entitled “Effects of Directed Energy Weapons”, discussing kinetic energy weapons, particle beams, plasma weapons and microwaves.
Rarely discussed in the media, nevertheless the research clearly runs deep, and was at its most publicized back in the 1980s, when President Reagan unveiled the Star Wars program – since shelved, but not forgotten, as the research into directed energy weapons makes clear. Indeed, evidence of the use of such weapons has emerged in Iraq and other theatres of war in recent years. Pentagon sources have revealed that military vehicles equipped with laser devices have been used in Afghanistan to explode mines, and military information websites Defense Tech and Defence Industry Daily report that at least 3 such vehicles are being used in Iraq, where reports of other mysterious weapons have emerged, including one in which a bus was hit by such a device in which the bodies revealed no evidence of bullets and there were no reports of audible evidence of traditional ordnance – limbs and heads were inexplicably severed from torsos. When asked by a journalist about the military’s willingness to experiment with new weaponry, such as directed energy and high-powered microwave technology, General Myers replied, “I think General Franks has been very open to looking at new things, if there are new things available, and has been willing to put them into the fight, even before they’ve been fully wrung out.” The political will to test experimental weaponry on the battlefield seems self-evident.
But what of environmental modification weaponry? Is this, too, something that the military would be willing to utilize? An interesting “hypothetical” report from the US air force back in 1996 stated: “One major advantage of using simulated weather to achieve a desired effect is that unlike other approaches, it makes what are otherwise the results of deliberate actions appear to be the consequences of natural weather phenomena.” The international community clearly perceived well in advance of such proposals that the concept was indeed a threat – in October 1978 an international treaty called the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques entered into force, banning weather warfare and modification for the purposes of inducing damage or destruction.
The feasibility of the use of electromagnetic waves to trigger tectonic responses is clearly something taken seriously by those in power. Indeed, William Cohen, Secretary of Defense during the Clinton administration, warned of such weaponry in his keynote address at the Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy in 1997. “Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.” A New Scientist article entitled The Quake Machine, in a discussion of research into earthquake prediction, also offers us an insight into the technology available, and reveals just how dated some of this knowledge really is. “But a new look at a series of experiments in Tajikistan in central Asia in the mid-1970s is bringing fresh hope. A team of Soviet geologists were shooting intense pulses of electromagnetic energy more than 50 kilometres into the ground to measure the electrical conductivity of the crust, hoping to better understand how and why quakes happen. To create these pulses, they used an exotic machine called a magnetohydrodynamic generator, originally developed by the Soviet military as an energy source for advanced weaponry.” Analyzing the research of seismologist Nikolay Tarasov, the article continues, “”Then in 1996 he looked at records from a site in northern Tien Shan, where the same kind of generator had been fired between 1983 and 1990. He found exactly the same effect. About two-thirds of the pulses were followed by a significant increase in rumblings-on average, seismic activity in the region increased three-fold.” Could this be a clue as to why the Russians are aware of such technology, and anxious to expose its military application by the Americans?
Having established that such a weapon is well within the realm of possibility, the question that remains is whether or not there exists the political will to employ it militarily, as Chavez has suggested. While his accusation is largely unsubstantiated, the circumstantial evidence centred around the Haitian earthquake and the benefits the US have enjoyed since are enough to prompt speculation, at the very least. The US military was on hand almost immediately after the quake struck to provide “humanitarian aid” – aid which, it quickly became apparent, served as a guise for the military occupation of the country and aid which, it soon became clear, was less important than “security” (to the extent that shipments were held up so that Hillary Clinton could enjoy a photo op). For a country with a bitter history of exploitation by western powers, including years of crippling IMF loans which led much of the population to live in makeshift shacks – attributing to the heavy death toll seen as a result of the quake – there’s a bitter irony in George Bush’s appointment to the “relief effort” – arbiter of the chaotic and ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina, an exercise in martial law more than an effort to alleviate suffering. Naomi Klein’s concept of “disaster capitalism” springs immediately to mind, as one watches the countless military and reconstruction contractors swarming over the debris in search of new profits.
There are other apparent gains, too. Militarily-speaking, Haiti is strategically positioned as part of America’s “rollback” plans for Latin America – the overthrow of the popular democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, where growing regional cooperation has sought to counteract the social and economic injustices brought about by US-sponsored regimes. Already, the US is building its fifth biggest embassy in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. And there may be another enticing factor that might warrant America’s attention in Haiti, one which has become something of a defining element of geostrategic policy in the 21st century – oil. Some scientists claim that recently discovered reserves are considerably larger than those in Venezuela.
Whether or not the recent earthquake was naturally occurring or the product of secretive weaponry with “plausible deniability”, one thing is clear: there is much more going on in the aftermath than meets the eye. Behind the charade of humanitarian aid lies an all too familiar story of opportunism, control and exploitation by the rich and powerful.