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HAARP — the former Air Force/Navy/DARPA research program in Alaska — will host an open house Saturday where “We hope to show people that it is not capable of mind control and not capable of weather control and all the other things it’s been accused of…” said Sue Mitchell, spokesperson for the geophysical institute at the University of Alaska. “We hope that people will be able to see the actual science of it.” HAARP, which was turned over to The University of Alaska last August, has been blamed for poor crop yields in Russia, with conspiracy theorists also warning of “a super weapon capable of mind control or weather control, with enough juice to trigger hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.”
The facility’s 180 high-frequency antennas — spread across 33 acres — will be made available for public tours, and there will also be interactive displays and an unmanned aircraft ‘petting zoo’. The Alaska Dispatch News describes it as “one of the world’s few centers for high-power and high-frequency study of the ionosphere… important because radio waves used for communication and navigation reflect back to Earth, allowing long-distance, short-wave broadcasting.”
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