As people along the U.S. East Coast are stocking up on necessities and securing their homes, "conspiracy theorists" are questioning the true nature and origin of Hurricane Irene. Fear mongering in anticipation of Hurricane Irene is at an all time high, pushing those along the Eastern seaboard into increased consumerism and panic the likes of which may not have not been seen since the Cold War. Mandatory evacuation, flight cancellations, and transportation shutdowns are plaguing the Eastern United States, so how could anyone imagine that such weather could be part of a government conspiracy?
Why so many people question whether such environmental modification techniques are being used to produce massive storms like Hurricane Irene is because it is known that similar technologies exists. Recent news of Abu Dhabi's successful secret program to control weather patterns, resulting in at least 52 summer rain storms during summer months in the desert, is evidence that technologies to manipulate weather patterns are far from science fiction. Those concerned over weather modification increasingly focus on the United States government's use of their own advanced ionspheric "research" technology.
The first episode of former-Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura's television show, "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," discusses the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), 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), and manufactured by multinational defense contractor BAE Systems. The HAARP technology is at the center of a myriad of "conspiracy theories," wherein people hypothesize various potential uses for the technology, ranging from weather manipulation to mind control. With all the controversy surrounding HAARP, it comes as no surprise that skeptics are relating the occurrence of Hurricane Irene, as well as the Washington D.C. earthquake, back to HAARP.
Although it is difficult to imagine that the U.S. Government would use military technology to modify the weather, which could displace, hurt, and/or kill American Citizens, concern for this realm of use of this technology dates back to at least the 1970s. Weather modification has been a source of international safety concern for over three decades now, as evidenced by 1975 agreement between the U.S. and Canada (regarding sharing information on weather modification), the 1976 U.N. Weather Weapons Treaty and the 1977 Environmental Modification Convention that took place in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1997, then U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen made the following statement at a conference on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, “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.”
So although it is beyond comprehension that in a moral society a controlling authority would use weather modification techniques to injure the persons and property of another, there is ample evidence that such technology exists and that many nations have been concerned over its use for decades. Considering we are in times where nations need to enter into an international treaty in order to protect their people from the uses of weather modification warfare, it becomes understandable why some people will question whether Hurricane Irene is a technological construct. This line of inquisition and speculation become even more graspable considering the U.N. treaty only forbids nations attacking other nations with weather warfare, it does not oppose the use of weather warfare against a nations own population.