by Mary W Maxwell
GumshoeNews.com wants to present articles that are properly referenced and in which the author can point to additional readings. I have just come across a startling item and have no ability to research it just now but would like to share it. Editor Dee McLachlan agrees to my popping it here for anyone’s inspection.
Do you remember the 1957 International Geophysical Year in which some group of scientists hurled nuclear explosive material into the ionosphere? This was the time at which the Van Allen Belt was given its name: Van Allen belt. I thought it was a test of some sort. No.
Apparently the coverts were already skilled enough to attempt to do something technical that would affect the whole planet, deliberately.
Here is what I just read about Project Argus (or maybe Operation Argus) and for which I do not have any personal qualifications to judge:
Between August and September 1958, the US Navy exploded three fission type nuclear bombs 480 km above the South Atlantic Ocean, in the part of the lower Van Allen Belt closest to the earth’s surface.
In addition, two hydrogen bombs were detonated 160 km over Johnston Island in the Pacific. The military called this “the biggest scientific experiment ever undertaken.” It was designed by the US Department of Defense and the US Atomic Energy Commission, under the code name Project Argus.
The purpose appears to be to assess the impact of high altitude nuclear explosions on radio transmission and radar operations because of the electromagnetic pulse (EMP), and to increase understanding of the geomagnetic field and the behavior of the charged particles in it.
This gigantic experiment created new (inner) magnetic radiation belts encompassing almost the whole earth, and injected sufficient electrons and other energetic particles into the ionosphere to cause worldwide effects. The electrons traveled back and forth along magnetic force lines, causing an artificial “aurora” when striking the atmosphere near the North Pole.
The US Military planned to create a “telecommunications shield” in the ionosphere, reported in 13-20 August 1961, Keesings Historisch Archief (K.H.A.). This shield would be created “in the ionosphere at 3,000 km height, by bringing into orbit 350,000 million copper needles, each 2-4 cm long [total weight 16 kg], forming a belt 10 km thick and 40 km wide, the needles spaced about 100 m apart.”
This was designed to replace the ionosphere “because telecommunications are impaired by magnetic storms and solar flares.” The US planned to add to the number of copper needles if the experiment proved to be successful.
This plan was strongly opposed by the International Union of Astronomers.
Now you will want to know where I got that. I am not sure; I think it was on Cathy Fox’s blog. She is a British writer with similar background to Fiona Barnett. She does not claim to be the author but I do not know whom she is quoting. Her other writings tell us about Tavistock and such like.
What surprised me is the early date of the mucking about with the ionosphere. (See Nick Begich on HAARP.) Of course HAARP is called “an ionospheric heater.”
Excuse me, I though God was pretty good at heating the ionosphere, or cooling it, or whatever, without our “help.”
— Mary W Maxwell is assistant editor of GumshoeNews. She knows not whereof she speaks, on topics astronomical.
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