US HAARP Weapon Development Concerns Russian Duma


Interfax News Agency



   MOSCOW (Interfax) - The Russian State Duma has expressed concern about

the USA's programme to develop a qualitatively new type of weapon.


   "Under the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP)


USA is creating new integral geophysical weapons that may influence the

near-Earth medium with high-frequency radio waves," the State Duma said in

an appeal circulated on Thursday [8 August].


   "The significance of this qualitative leap could be compared to the

transition from cold steel to firearms, or from conventional weapons to

nuclear weapons. This new type of weapons differs from previous types in

that the near-Earth medium becomes at once an object of direct influence and

its component.


   These conclusions were made by the commission of the State Duma's

international affairs and defence committees, the statement reads.


   The committees reported that the USA is planning to test three facilities

of this kind. One of them is located on the military testing ground in

Alaska and its full-scale tests are to begin in early 2003. The second one

is in Greenland and the third one in Norway.


   "When these facilities are launched into space from Norway, Alaska and

Greenland, a closed contour will be created with a truly fantastic integral

potential for influencing the near-Earth medium," the State Duma said.


   The USA plans to carry out large-scale scientific experiments under the

HAARP programme, and not controlled by the global community, will create

weapons capable of breaking radio communication lines and equipment

installed on spaceships and rockets, provoke serious accidents in

electricity networks and in oil and gas pipelines and have a negative impact

on the mental health of people populating entire regions, the deputies said.


   They demanded that an international ban be put on such large-scale

geophysical experiments.


   The appeal, signed by 90 deputies, has been sent to President Vladimir

Putin, to the UN and other international organizations, to the parliaments

and leaders of the UN member countries, to the scientific public and to mass

media outlets.


   Among those who signed the appeal are Tatyana Astrakhankina, Nikolay

Kharitonov, Yegor Ligachev, Sergey Reshulskiy, Vitaliy Sevastyanov, Viktor

Cherepkov, Valentin Zorkaltsev and Aleksey Mitrofanov.