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
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
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
Among those who signed the appeal are Tatyana Astrakhankina, Nikolay
Kharitonov, Yegor Ligachev, Sergey Reshulskiy, Vitaliy Sevastyanov, Viktor
Cherepkov, Valentin Zorkaltsev and Aleksey Mitrofanov.