Bernard Eastlund

Bernard J. Eastlund (1938 – December 12 2007) was a physicist who received his B.S. in physics from MIT and a his Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. He received a Special Achievement Certificate from the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission in 1970 for co-invention of the "Fusion Torch."

Eastlund was the founder of Eastlund Scientific Enterprises Corporation (ESEC), a small company in Houston, Texas that provided scientific, engineering and technical services.

His hobby was astrophysics. Recently he has co-authored two papers regarding pulsars in the Astrophysical Journal and has presented a paper on Gamma Bursters.

In addition, Eastlund is one of the patent holders (US Patent #4,686,605) that led to the development of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program HAARP which has been sensationalized in many books as a weapon with the potential to destroy the world by creating a death ray [] and altering weather patterns.

Bernard Eastlund died on December 12 2007. In his final days, he continued to explore research in advanced physics topics and applications even holding meetings at his hospital bedside. He is survived by his wife, children and numerous grandchildren.

HAARP Controversy

The objectives of the HAARP project became the subject of controversy in the mid-1990s, following some scientists claims that the antennae could be used as a weapon. These concerns were amplified by Eastlund, who developed some of the concepts behind the HAARP in the 1980s and proposed using high-frequency radio waves to beam large amounts of power into the ionosphere, energizing its electrons and ions in order to disable incoming missiles and knock out enemy satellite communications. Eastlund stated, "Regarding safety. I believe it is the paramount issue. Unless these applications can be shown to be safe no experimentation should be initiated. My Company has adopted safety guidelines which include guidelines prepared by the NAS for global warming mitigation experiments and a few that were added to ensure that the systems are not used for military purposes." Subsequently, a small group of American physicists aired complaints in scientific journals, charging that the HAARP could be seeking ways to blow other countries' spacecraft out of the sky or disrupt communications over large portions of the planet. The physicist critics of the HAARP have had little complaint about the project's current stage, but have expressed fears that it could in future be expanded into an experimental weapon.

The US military became interested in the idea as an alternative to the laser-based Strategic Defense Initiative. However, Eastlund's ideas were eventually dropped as SDI itself mutated into the more limited National Missile Defense of today. The contractors selected to build HAARP have denied that any of Eastlund's patents were used in the development of the project. HAARP could not possibly operate in the mode Eastlund suggested. A quick review of Eastlund's patent and HAARP specifications will demonstrate that HAARP cannot deliver enough energy at a low enough frequency to make Eastlund's plan work.

After the physicists raised early concerns, the controversy was stoked by local activism. In September 1995, a book entitled "Angels Don't Play This HAARP: Advances in Tesla Technology" by Nick Begich, Jr., son of the late Congressman Nick Begich, claimed that the project in its present stage could be used for "geophysical warfare." The HAARP has subsequently become a target for those who have suggested that it could be used to test the ability "to deliver very large amount of energy, comparable to a nuclear bomb, anywhere on earth," "changing weather patterns," "blocking all global communications," "disrupting human mental processes" and mind control, and "x-raying the earth." These claims are generally disregarded by scientists and those involved with the project as being completely baseless.


*1. "Haarp: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy (The Mind-Control Conspiracy Series)" by Jerry E. Smith, Published by Adventures Unlimited Press, August 1998, Page 20.
*2. "Chemtrails Confirmed" by William Thomas Published by Bridger House Publishers, August 2004, Aug 2004, Page 143.
*3. "Conspiranoia!: The Mother of All Conspiracy Theories" by Devon Jackson, Published by Plume Publishers, Jan 1, 2000, Page 330.
*4. "The Universal Seduction Vol. 3: Piercing the Veils of Deception - Volume 3" by Angelico Tapestra--The Collective, Published by BookSurge Publishing, April 7, 2004, Page 33.
*5. "Mind Control, World Control" by Jim Keith, Published by Adventures Unlimited Press, Feb 1998, Page 247.
*6. "Final Reckoning" by Ward Ciappetta, Published by Xulon Press, Jun 17, 2005, Page 175.
*7. "An End to Global Warming" by L.O. Williams, Published by Pergamon Press, August 1, 2002, Page 58.
*8. "Fusion: Science, Politics, and the Invention of a New Energy Source" by Joan Lisa Bromberg Published by MIT Press, Sep 29, 1982, Index.
*9. US Patent No. 4,686,605 Bernard Eastlund August 11, 1987. Method and apparatus for altering a region in the earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and/or magnetosphere [ US Patent and Trademark Office.]
*10. "Pravda", HAARP Poses Global Threat, by Yuru Solomatin, Jan, 15 2003. []
*11. "Washington Post", Pentagon Fights Secret Scenario Speculation Over Alaska Antennas, Some Physicists Skeptical, by John Mintz, Apr 17, 1995, Page A.03. [] ,
*12. "USA Today", US military wants to own the weather, By Leonard David, Oct 31, 2005 []
*13. "Anchorage Daily News" Alaskan Looks at HAARP, Sees Beginning of 'Stars Wars' Weapons System, by Doug O'Harra, April 7, 1996, Page F4. [] ,
*14. "Wired Magazine", Activate Cloud Shield! Zap a Twister! Starting now, lightning strikes - on demand, by Tom Standage, Jan. 2000. []
*15. "Telepolis" (German Newspaper), Angels don't play this HAARP by Harald Kuhl May 16, 2001. [] ,
*16. National Public Radio (NPR) on their "Talk of the Nation" program about Bernard Eastlund's research. []

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