Chemtrails: Facts & Fiction

Since approximately 1995 or 1996, increasing numbers of people have been intrigued by, and suspicious of what look like white contrails (short for condensation trails) that follow the path of jetliners in the sky but do not seem to dissipate as fast as such vapor trails used to in the past. 

These new type of trails that linger in the sky have been called “chemtrails,” short for chemical trails, and are believed by some to be the result of some kind of additive that is being mixed with jet fuel.  These suspected additives are said to be used for a variety of reasons, usually for some kind of weather modification or to expose massive numbers of people to some kind of chemicals intended to alter our cognitive abilities.

Skeptics of these claims say that on most days when people see what they call chemtrails (chemical trails), they are really only seeing contrails (condensation trails) caused by a combination of certain atmospheric conditions and a newer type of jet engine called the high bypass ratio turbofan engine, which was first placed on the commercial market in the mid-1990s.  This is the same time that people started to notice these strange vapor trails that lingered in the sky for longer than they had in the past.  Chemtrail skeptics say that the newer high bypass ratio engines compress the air and the moisture to a higher degree than the older types of engines would, and say this is the reason for the trails lingering for longer periods of time than in the past.

Sometimes the vapor trail disappears right after it comes out of the back of the jet, and other times it lingers in the sky and slowly disperses.  Some people call these the chemtrails, while others say atmospheric conditions and high bypass ratio turbofan engines cause this to occur. 

Adding to the controversy over chemtrails are the numerous instances of governments in multiple countries having declassified various programs where it has been admitted that they sprayed large amounts of dangerous chemicals and biological agents into the air.

Mainstream News Coverage

KSLA news in Louisiana aired a segment on November 9th 2007, which asked, “Could a strange substance found by a southwest Arkansas man be part of a government test?  Well, that’s the question at the heart of a phenomenon called ‘chemtrails’ now getting wide spread attention.”[1] The segment covers a man who began seeing suspicious trails in the sky that seemed to differ from the typical condensation trails left behind jets.  The man says he also noticed small particles falling from the sky from the trials, so he collected some in bowls that he placed out in his back yard.  KSLA news had the samples tested at a laboratory and found that they contained high levels of Barium, a toxic substance.  6.8 parts per million, in fact, which is over three times the level deemed toxic by the EPA.  There were other strange chemicals in the samples as well.

In May 2006, NBC in Los Angeles, California aired a similar segment investigating the phenomena and interviewed several individuals who were concerned about chemtrails.

HR 2977

On October 2, 2001, Congressman Dennis Kucinich from Ohio introduced a bill (H. R. 2977) titled the “Space Preservation Act of 2001” which mentions chemtrails as an exotic weapon. 

The bill was to “preserve the cooperative, peaceful uses of space for the benefit of all humankind by permanently prohibiting the basing of weapons in space by the United States, and to require the President to take action and implement a world treaty banning space-based weapons.”

Dennis Kucinich is an interesting Congressman who doesn’t seem to be concerned about addressing controversial issues which are outside of the mainstream political paradigm.  In 2008, he addressed Congress with 35 articles of impeachment against George W. Bush, and read them out loud in their entirety on the floor of the House of Representatives.  Among the reasons he listed for impeachment were lies about the 9/11 attacks, secretly torturing detainees, and illegally wiretapping American citizens.

 In Pop Culture

Alternative rock singer, Beck, released a song titled “Chemtrails” on his 2008 album, Modern Guilt.  Some lyrics say, “I can’t believe what we’ve seen outside…You and me watching the jets go by.”  On April 27, 2009, the musician Prince mentioned chemtrails during an interview on PBS with Tavis Smiley.  During the interview Prince discusses a DVD by comedian and activist Dick Gregory and explains that, “he said something that really hit home about this phenomenon of chemtrails.”  Prince goes on to mention an increase in aircraft trails that coincided with an increase in fighting and arguing in his neighborhood.

On March 3, 2009, a television station in Australia aired a film titled Toxic Skies, which starred Anne Heche who plays a medical doctor investigating a series of mysterious illnesses.  She concludes that the illnesses are due to “chemtrails” which are described as toxic chemicals added to aircraft fuel and dispersed over the population though the exhaust.  Toxic Skies was written by Andrew Erin and Kyle Hart.

Unclassified US Army Testing of Bio Agents

In 1977 the US Army unclassified hundreds of pages of documents titled “US Army Activity in the US Biological Warfare Programs” which detail that 239 populated areas were contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969 by the Army in secret testing programs.

One test involved scientists disguised as ordinary passengers who were spraying bacteria in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.[2] Another involved a jet releasing material over Victoria, Texas.[3] The report includes information about a test where a Navy ship sprayed material in the San Francisco bay that traveled more than thirty miles.  Other tests involved similar spraying of agents on New York City’s subway system, which affected people with weak immune systems.[4]

Government Accountability Office Report

In February, 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled, Chemical and Biological Defense, DOD and VA Need to Improve Efforts to Identify and Notify Individuals Potentially Exposed during Chemical and Biological Tests which admitted that tens of thousand of people in the military, as well as civilians, may have been exposed to biological agents at the hands of the Department of Defense.

Several years earlier in 2003, the Department of Defense reported that 5,842 military personnel and approximately 350 civilians were potentially exposed during testing between 1962 and 1973 in a program called Project 112.  Many of the people who were identified as being subjected to these secret tests without their knowledge have suffered from long term illnesses as a result.[5]

Project SHAD

Another on the long list of government experiments using unwilling humans as test subjects occurred during Project SHAD, which stands for Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense.  This program used primarily United States military personnel and was part of Project 112, which began in 1962 during the Kennedy Administration.

The official purpose of Project SHAD was “to identify U.S. war ships vulnerabilities to attacks with biological or chemical warfare agents and to develop procedures to respond to such attacks while maintaining a war fighting capability.”

46 tests were done involving exposing military personnel to chemical and biological agents without their knowledge.  VX nerve gas, Sarin, and Tabun gas (all of which are classified as weapons of mass destruction by the United Nations) were some of the chemical agents used, as well as biological agents including Bacillus globigii, ociella burnetti (which causes Q fever) and Francisella (which causes rabbit fever).

The US government officially denied that Project SHAD even existed until 1998, and as a result of this denial, soldiers who were affected by the tests were not able to receive any aid for any health issues they had as a result of the tests.  If it were not for a dedicated investigative journalist named Eric Longabardi, who began looking into the program in 1994, the public nor the victims may have never been aware of its existence.  Years later in 2002, Congressional hearings were held on the subject which prompted a class action lawsuit on behalf of Navy personnel who were exposed during the testing.

Weather Modification

Fairly recently at the turn of the 21st century, any discussion of modifying the weather such as causing massive rain storms or creating blue skies, was labeled nothing more than a conspiracy theory or fanciful thinking.  But incredibly effective and powerful weather modification programs have not only been declassified by American and British governments that occurred back as far as the 1950s, but are now openly discussed in mainstream news and such practices are becoming common knowledge.

Besides simply causing rain or clearing clouds, the practice of weather modification holds the power to be used as a massive weapon against an enormous geographic area without the population even suspecting anything other than bizarre weather.

An interesting series first aired on the History Channel in the summer of 2009 titled That’s Impossible, which covered the existence of various advanced technology that seems as if it was pulled directly from science fiction movies.  One episode covered “Weather Warfare” and presented evidence that the U.S. military was able to make massive and strategic changes to weather around the world, including creating hurricanes or torrential rain storms.  Brief clips of the show can probably be found on YouTube.

Project Cumulus

In the 1950s the British government developed a weather modification program called Project Cumulus which used cloud seeding and tested the potential of causing massive amounts of rain to effectively bog down enemy movement due to the downpour and saturated ground conditions.

On August 16, 1952, a major flood occurred in the town of Lynmouth in north Devon after nine inches (229 millimeters) of rain fell in one day, causing the East Lyn River to overflow.  This flood destroyed homes, businesses, and bridges, and killed thirty-five people.  Several days before this disaster, a seeding experiment from Project Cumulus took place over southern England.  While it is denied, of course, that Project Cumulus had anything to do with the miraculous flooding, it certainly doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to think that the two events were not merely a coincidence.

In fact, an old radio broadcast on Radio 4 contains an interview of an aeronautical engineer and pilot named Alan Yates, who worked on Project Cumulus at the time, where he explains, “I was told that the rain had been the heaviest for several years—and all out of a sky which looked summery...there was no disguising the fact that the seedsman had said he’d make it rain, and he did.  Toasts were drunk to meteorology and it was not until the BBC news bulletin [about the Lynmouth flood] was read later on, that a stony silence fell on the company.”[6]

Project Cumulus was allegedly closed down after this tragedy, and classified documents involving the project went missing.[7] The UK is not the only government to meddle with such forces.  The United States not only investigated the possibilities of such science, but actually used it as a weapon during the Vietnam War.   

Project Popeye

The United States military was involved in a cloud seeding operation during the Vietnam War which extended and enhanced the monsoon season over Laos and caused landslides along roadways, softened road surfaces, and washed out river crossings.  Operation Popeye, as it was called, went on from 1967 to 1972 and was considered a success.
Investigative reporter Jack Anderson published a story in March 1971 about these operations, and the following year Operation Popeye was mentioned in the Pentagon Papers[8] and also in an article in the New York Times.[9]

The stories led to investigations by members of Congress and then the U.S. House and Senate passed a series of resolutions banning environmental warfare.  The Environmental Modification Convention (ENMOD), formally the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques is an international treaty that prohibits the use of such environmental manipulation.

China’s Admitted Modifications

In October 2009 China’s air force used a variety of chemicals to clear the smog out of the air for a parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of Communist China.  The day before the parade, chemicals were dispersed in the sky which caused a light rain and cleared the fog.

The senior air force meteorologist in China bragged, “Only a handful of countries in the world could organize such large-scale, magic-like weather modification.”[10] The parade was the biggest in China’s history.

The meteorologist said they used certain chemicals to make it rain, and if the rain persisted for too long threatening the parade, then they had another batch prepared to spray that would stop it.

Clearing the skies of smoggy air was only just the beginning of China’s weather modifications that were widely reported in 2009.  Just one month later, the Chinese state media reported that their meteorologists had made it snow in Beijing after seeding the clouds, causing the country’s earliest snow fall.  The government implemented such a strategy in an effort to fight a continuing drought.

“We wont miss any opportunity of artificial precipitation since Beijing is suffering from the lingering drought,” said Zhang Qiang, head of the Beijing Weather Modification Office.[11]

Russia’s Use of Weather Modification

In 2009 the mayor of Moscow publicly promised that he would keep it from snowing on the city by using the Russian Air Force to spray chemicals into storm clouds before they reached the capitol, causing them to release their snow outside the city.  One of the major reasons for the project is to ease the city from the need to constantly plow the streets, which are usually covered in snow from November to March.

In past years Moscow had used weather modification to ensure that rain didn’t spoil their Victory Day and City Day parades.  “You know how every year on City Day and Victory Day we create the weather?”  Yury Luzhkov, the mayor stated.  “Well, we should do the same with the snow!  Then outside Moscow there will be more moisture, a bigger harvest, while for us it won’t snow as much.  It will make financial sense.”[12]

His plan was approved by the Moscow City Council.  Such a feat involves having the Air Force spray cement power, dry ice, or silver iodide in the clouds at a cost of $6 million dollars, which is reportedly half of what the city would spend on street clearing.  Some are not happy about the plan because the outlining suburbs of the city will get the extra snow falling on them as a result.

[2] PBS Timeline: Biological Weapons: American Experience. December 15, 2006
[4] BBC  Hidden history of US germ testing February 13, 2006
[5] Salt Lake Tribune  Report: Army still reluctant to find those affected by Utah weapons tests by Matthew LaPlante February 28, 2008
[6] The Guardian RAF rainmakers 'caused 1952 flood' by John Vidal and Helen Weinstein August 30, 2001
[7] BBC News Rain-making link to killer floods August 30, 2001
[8] The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 4, Chapter 2, US Ground Strategy and Force Deployments, 1965-1968, pp. 277-604, 3rd section
[9] The New York Times  Rainmaking Is Used As Weapon by U.S.; Cloud-Seeding in Indochina
[10] Reuters  China weather "magic" conjures blue sky for parade October 1, 2009
[11] AFP  Beijing's first snow of season 'artificially induced' November 2, 2009
[12] Time Magazine  Moscow Mayor Promises a Winter Without Snow By Simon Shuster  Oct. 16, 2009


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