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What are They Spraying in The Sky?

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January 19, 2018 -- First reported in 1998, jet-dispersed aerosols appear to be filling the sky with artificial clouds, precisely matching the description of a weather modification patent held by a top U.S. defense contractor. Dubbed "chemtrails" by observers, the aerosols are thought to be a brew of aluminum and other toxic metal oxides harmful to the environment and human health.

Activists who've delved deeper into the matter say a massive spray campaign is underway around the planet, one altogether different from the practice of cloud seeding to stimulate rainfall.  To the contrary, chemtrails aren't generated to relieve drought conditions, but in part to create them. The dispersed aerosols are formulated to keep normal clouds from condensing into precipitation. Over time, an enormous airborne reservoir of sequestered water vapor is generated, then steered for hundreds of miles with other weather modification technology. Eventually, the cloud vapor condenses and the moisture descends – sometimes in an ark-like deluge or "snowmageddon", or as a mile-wide tornado. Chemtrail opponents have branded this phase of the secret program weather warfare. And they claim the U.S. Air Force is in charge of it.

Needless to say, the subject is controversial. Dismissed by federal officials as a misunderstood natural phenomenon, these artificial clouds may still be hazardous, even if you're not standing beneath one when its travels come to an end. To unravel the mystery and separate the facts from urban legend, you should check out two documentary films, What In The World Are They Spraying?, and Why In The World Are They Spraying?, which are available on YouTube. (Watch them now on the videos page of this website.) You can also order them from

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So far, the mainstream media and even the editors at Wikipedia have promoted the U.S. Air Force position that chemtrails don't exist and anyone who thinks they do is the victim of a conspiracy theory. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, these two DVD's may be the Mona Lisa that puts the matter to rest.

Produced by G. Edward Griffin, Michael Murphy and Paul Wittenberger, the documentaries feature scientists, retired USDA workers, a strategic weapons consultant, military historian, investigative journalists and even a former TV weatherman.  Together, they paint a chilling picture of a covert campaign to geoengineer the weather and contaminate the environment for generations to come. The films also explore several related subjects, including the quest by agribusinesses to eliminate non-GMO farms, and new stock market products that allow investors to profit from weather-related catastrophes.

So, what exactly comprises a chemtrail cocktail? First of all, the phenomenon is not to be confused with normal airplane contrails. "Con" refers to the condensation of water vapor exhaust emitted by jet engines in cold air, leaving a temporary trail behind the plane. That's not what chemtrail activists are talking about. According to those interviewed in the films, vaporized aluminum, barium and strontium, and occasionally other ingredients are pumped into storage tanks on board specially-equipped jet aircraft. Pilots fly the planes to their appointed destinations and disperse the aerosols at high altitudes via dispensers mounted on the wings and/or tail. Aluminum oxide may also be added to the jet's fuel supply and get emitted from the engines.

When the aerosols make contact with the air, the metals oxidize, generating nano-sized particulates that can remain aloft in the sky for up to 20 hours. If there are natural clouds nearby, the nanoparticles may chemically latch onto the water vapor to prevent precipitation. Barium is included in the oxide brew in part to provide a whitening effect. This disguises the metallic signature and gives a more cloud-like appearance to the aerosol emissions.

Chemtrails are initially distinguishable by their elongated formations or gridlike pattern. However, as the particulate matter spreads out, the formations become either wispy fragments of artificial cirrus, or a murky, smoke-like haze. This artificially generated concoction then floats eastwards, following air currents or the jet stream across the country.



"So many things I would have done, but clouds got in my way..." What do you suppose Joni Mitchell's thinking now when she looks up at the sky? Photos:

Although chemtrails have been sighted in many states and countries, the sprayings are especially prevalent in the Pacific Northwest and perhaps heaviest around the Aleutian Islands and Alaska.  TV weatherman Scott Stevens and military weapons consultant Mark McClandish explain in the films that the West Coast is targeted in order to sequester water vapor from fronts coming off the ocean. The timing of the alleged Air Force program has coincided with the exceptional drought in California and massive deforestation to due to sick trees, which is attributed to bark beetles. Mega-wildfires have likewise raged through the western United States since chemtrails first appeared masse, and continue at a breathtaking clip. 

At the Consciousness Beyond Chemtrails conference in 2012, Stevens said he began tracking what he calls "persistent trails" from his Southern Colorado home about ten years earlier. The weatherman recounted that on some days multi-colored plumes would spew from the tail of large jets. But on other days, smaller twin prop planes seemed to be conducting "surveil and mark" missions using much thinner trails laid out across the sky like a mapping grid. The twin props would emit short puffs of aerosols in order to mark points where the continuity of a trail had been interrupted. Stevens concluded that this operation was generating data about atmospheric energy that could be fed into a real-time weather modeling program.

Intrigued, he decided to dig deeper. Stevens examined satellite imagery of past storms and hurricanes and noticed many anomalies in the cloud patterns and storm tracks. In particular, weather systems were frequently hinged to a rectangular "hole" that appeared during the progression of the front. Since fluid dynamics precludes water vapor from maintaining 90-degree angles, the former weatherman said there was no question that weather modification had been implemented. "They use these holes to swing the storm around these anchor points [at the four corners]," he told the audience at the conference, aided by Powerpoint images and video. "There is some resonant geometry waves they can establish in the atmosphere that can enhance the strength of hurricanes." He thought the science of waveform cymatics might be a tool weather modifiers could use to determine the correct frequencies for pulsing radio waves skyward.

And in the same manner that a storm could be steered and enhanced, Stevens said he'd watched storms in the west repeatedly dispersed with the help of aerosol spraying. Showing a time-lapse video of one episode in Colorado, he explained, "They resonate these storms until they lose their charge... As these particles are put into the clouds we have what is called an icing out situation". Essentially, the updraft falls apart, causing raindrop production to collapse.

Clouds photographed by Scott Stevens. At left, a surveil-and-mark mission in progress. The other photo shows a bank of clouds artificially dispersed, using metal oxide particulates, RF wave pulsing, or both.

Of course, any aerosols sprayed aloft must eventually hit the ground below. Rosalind Peterson, a former USDA Farm Service Agency specialist, and retired USDA biologist Francis Mangels explain in the two films that the ongoing fallout of metal particulates is having dire consequences for Northern California. Both point a spike in soil pH that has sparked a die-off of species. Micro-organisms essential to nourishing plant life are disappearing, for instance, which in turn jeopardizes the survival of the plants and trees themselves. Peterson also checked state records of the watersheds and found high concentrations of metals showing up simultaneously across the state after 2000.

For his part, Mangels has measured numerous soil and water samples over the last several years -- including a lined pond near his home in Redding, California. He turned up the same chemtrail signature of aluminum oxide, barium and strontium found in the water records. Even more disturbing, measurements of the snow pack on Mt. Shasta have revealed an increase of aluminum many times the permissible rate established by the EPA.

The ethics of controlling the weather and climate have been discussed for decades, including the 2010 book by James Fleming of Colby College, "Fixing The Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control." Fleming is interviewed at length in the film Why In The World Are They Spraying?

Returning to the Gulf Stream, as those moisture-laden artificial clouds get ferried across the Continental Divide, the next step for weather modifiers is to steer the airborne lake to a specific location. Stevens wasn't sure where the RF wave pulsing is originating, other than perhaps inside the twin props he had seen. However, from the satellite imagery he concluded that "the entire planet is wrapped in an electromagnetic girdle." Several theories have been floated to account for this aspect of weather modifying technology. Some activists think the nationwide Nexrad doppler radar system is equipped to pulse the sky. The 150-station weather monitoring network was initially approved during the Reagan Administration's push for a "Star Wars" missile defense system, which is based on a similar principle. Nexrad soon became embroiled in a public debate over secrecy issues, followed by a long delay in construction. In the 1990's, a group of California residents led by actor Larry Hagman sued the U.S. government over the placement of a radar near their homes. The group said EMF radiation emitted by the radar's microwaves posed a serious health hazard.

And then there's something called HAARP. Nick Begich, Jr., son of the late Alaska congressman of the same name, explains in Why in the World are They Spraying? that this strange array of antennas set up in in his home state uses a different technology than what might be output from a local weather radar. A high-energy radio frequency beam is generated by the array and focused on the earth's upper atmosphere. Called ionospheric heating, the beam agitates a 30-mile-wide area, producing hot air that rises and creates a vacuum for cold air to rush in below it. This perturbance is enough to generate a storm front, which can them be sent send it on its way down to the Lower 48 via the Gulf Stream.

The general idea of high-intensity RF beams (called "death rays" by some) was first proposed by the electrical genius Nikola Tesla in the early 20th century. It was later patented by physicist Bernard Eastland. According to the patent, "[W]eather modification is possible by, for example, altering upper atmosphere wind patterns or altering solar absorption patterns by constructing one or more plumes of atmospheric particles which will act as a lens or focusing device." Even the course of the country's jet stream can be altered, according to Begich, who wrote the 1995 book Angels Don’t Play This Haarp

HAARP stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The program was run by the U.S. Air Force in Alaska until 2015, when the University of Alaska Fairbanks took control of the facility. UAF says HAARP will continue to function as an experimental project for researchers, including those working on military projects. A second facility is up and running in Puerto Rico, and a third is alleged to be secretly operating elsewhere in Alaska. Known HAARP-like stations operate in Northern Scandinavia (EISCAT) and at Russia's Sura Ionospheric Heating Facility. A fifth facility is rumored to be pulsing clouds over the Pacific Ocean from Isla Guadalupe, located 150 miles west of the Baja peninsula.

At the top, a Nexrad doppler weather station in Corona, California. Below it, the much publicized HAARP facility in Alaska is still in operation, but no longer controlled by the U.S. Military. Photo Credits: NOAA, Michael Kleiman, U.S. Air Force.

Whichever scheme is deployed to get the job done, the end result tends to be freak weather, wild temperature extremes, Category 5 tornadoes or torrents of rain (or snow) dumped at the same location over the course of several days. Activists say Hurricane Sandy's sharp left turn towards New Jersey in 2012 was another example of deliberate weather modification. The physics-defying turn was precisely forecast within a couple miles of its landfall well in advance, generating a big payday for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Among other allegations, he was accused of spending millions of dollars in FEMA payouts, to advance his own political ambitions.

Not surprisingly, officials from the U.S. Air Force and the NOAA steadfastly deny that they engage in weather modification to cause natural disasters. According to a 2001 fact sheet (PDF) jointly issued by the EPA, NOAA, FAA and NASA, chemtrails are described as a misunderstood phenomenon. The fact sheet states that they are simply "persistent contrails [that] often evolve and spread into extensive cirrus cloud cover that is indistinguishable from naturally occurring cloudiness." In addition, the grid-like, tic-tac-toe appearance of the trails that many people see simply reflects ordinary flight patterns of commercial and military air traffic.

Taking a hard left at the sign for Hoboken... Hurricane Sandy's odd track didn't show up on U.S. weather models, which forecast the storm wandering out to sea on October 31st. Fortunately, meteorologists working in Reading, U.K. knew all about this "once-in-a-lifetime event" a full week in advance. U.S. officials later blamed the discrepancy on insufficient RAM memory, CPU speed and programming algorithms in computers used at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction at Camp Springs, Maryland. After the storm, Congress agreed to fund the installation of entirely new "supercomputer architecture". Graphic: NOAA

And there was more obfuscation to come. In November, 2016, three scientists with the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford teamed up with the founder of the websites Contrail Science and, Mick West, to conduct and publish a survey in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Calling to mind the old Crest toothpaste commercial that boasted "four out of five dentists surveyed recommend...", the authors stated "Results show that 76 of the 77 scientists (98.7%) that took part in this study said they had not encountered evidence of a SLAP." SLAP stands for "Secret Largescale Atmospheric Program", a term invented by the survey team. Following publication of their findings, a host of media outlets, from the Smithsonian Magazine to Huffington Post, jumped onto the SLAP bandwagon and heralded the survey as evidence that chemtrail opponents were wrong. The Huff piece even labeled them "chemtrail truthers". The New York Times joined the fray as well, neglecting to mention that the Carnegie Institution is a major player in stratospheric aerosol engineering. Besides that, less than 17 percent of the 465 scientists selected to participate in the survey responded.

Unimpressed by official denials that a spraying program was taking place, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio included a chemtrail ban in the first version of a 2001 bill known as the Space Preservation Act. Kucinich was later persuaded by colleagues to drop the chemtrail reference in order to advance the bill to a vote, but the legislation never reached the floor of the House. A short time later, the city councils of Berkeley and Richmond (both in Northern California) passed nonbinding resolutions to ban chemtrails.

Other local government agencies in the West have not been as quick to step up to the plate. In response to numerous citizen complaints, a state environmental official in Arizona told a town hall-like meeting that the sky laid outside her agency's jurisdiction. To which one citizen responded, "We are being sprayed like we're bugs, and it's really not OK." Meanwhile, representatives from the California counties of Siskiyou and Shasta have refused the persistent pleas of area residents to test the air and water for metal oxide contamination. In Shasta County, public hearings were held in 2014 to learn more about chemtrails, but no subsequent action was taken.

Of course, anyone who follows the trendy science of geoengineering knows all about weather modification and aluminum aerosol spraying. Noted academics in the field routinely discuss and publish papers about the techniques which the U.S. Air Force and other agencies have claimed for the past 14 years are a figment of the conspiracy theorist's imagination. Professor David Keith of Harvard  University even published a book on the subject, A Case for Climate Engineering in 2013. He later  appeared on The Colbert Report to promote the idea.

That same year, a feature article about Prof. Keith in Harvard Magazine, called “Buffering the Sun”, describes the sprayings in a way that might allow even a third grader to connect the dots about chemtrails: “One suggestion, inspired by sulfur-spewing volcanoes, involves modifying a fleet of jets to spray sulfates into the stratosphere, where they would combine with water vapor to form aerosols. Dispersed by winds, these particles would cover the globe with a haze that would reflect roughly one percent of solar radiation away from Earth.”

So maybe chemtrails are not a hoax after all. As for the sulfates Keith talks about in his book, they're not what shows up in soil and water tests. In What in the World are They Spraying?, Keith is seen addressing a scientific conference in San Diego three years before his book release, stating that aluminum oxide is a far better choice for spraying because of its chemical properties. During a Q and A at the same conference, Keith was asked by Dane Wigington of the advocacy group Geoengineering Watch about health risks associated with dispersing aluminum oxide into the air and allowing it to accumulate on the ground and in drinking water. Keith claimed that he and his peers had yet to conduct any studies which might answer that question.

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