High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
|Some dare call it|
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is a scientific research program designed to study the ionosphere of the earth and its effects on communication. HAARP is essentially a large ELF radio wave generator in Alaska funded by the Department of Defense in conjunction with the University of Alaska. It was started in 1993 and is scheduled to run at least 20 years.
Some scientists criticized HAARP, since they worried that a similar device using more energy could be used as a weapon and that the true purpose of the experiment has not been fully revealed. It has also been criticized as a boondoggle costing many times more than its initial budget. But mostly, HAARP is a popular target for conspiracy theorists who believe that ELFs can be used for mind control and weather control - it's even been blamed for the 2008 Chinese, 2010 Haitian and March 2011 Japanese earthquakes.
Its attraction to conspiracists, its overextended budget and its sweeping scope make HAARP very similar to the Large Hadron Collider.