By Rosalie Bertell
The Women's Press,
Review by Moyra Bremner. First published in Caduceus Magazine,
issue 51, spring 2001
ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED
Rosalie Bertell's new book, "Planet Earth the Latest weapon of War",
reveals the unbelievable truth in the new generation of
Important books are rare - very rare. "Planet Earth the Latest
Weapon of War" is one such rarity. Like Rachel Carson's Silent
Spring it deserves to be read by everyone who cares a jot about
their future. For it reveals that, behind carefully spin doctored
names like 'the Star Wars project', the military is now testing
radically new weapons which so profoundly imperil the earth, and all
life on it, that to deploy them in the name of security is like
suggesting that becoming a suicide-bomber increases life expectancy.
----- As a distinguished American scientist, world expert on
radiation, and winner of major international awards for science, Dr
Bertell is no scaremonger. Yet her cool, incisive, fact-packed,
prose not only reveals weapons worthy of science fiction, but shows
that testing them may be costing thousands of innocent civilian
lives - in peacetime.
----- She exposes how the military have, for decades, been secretly
conducting experiments, including high-level nuclear explosions,
which may disrupt the vital layers of the atmosphere which protect
us from the sun's lethal radiation. She says these experiments are
often conducted without even discussing with non-military experts
the hazards of damaging these life-preserving earth-veils. And she
believes that such experiments may already have accelerated global
warming and contributed to earthquakes and freak weather conditions.
----- The story unfolds gently. She tells us that, for four years, a
Russian thermonuclear bomb a thousand times more powerful than
Hiroshima bomb circled above our heads. And that a single rocket
launched by the US military merely carried enough plutonium to cause
lung cancer in 20 million people - had it exploded like some of its
----- In July 1962 NASA announced that high altitude nuclear tests
had created a new radiation belt 750 miles deep, girdling the earth.
This damage and pollution was compounded by 'me too' experiments by
the USSR. Dr Bertell says it was 10 years before American scientists
realised that it would be hundreds of years before the vital
earth-shielding Van Allen belts of the earth's atmosphere would
recover from such onslaughts.
----- However, the repercussions may not be limited to the
atmosphere itself. She says that, after one nuclear experiment,
which created new electromagnetic belts in the atmosphere, the
caribou mysteriously failed to migrate for the first time in 3000
years. A warning perhaps of how the migration of animals, fish and
birds may be affected by disturbances to electromagnetic fields -
and of the potential impact on man. For, without the caribou, many
Inuit people starved to death. Moreover, the nuclear radiation was
not confined to the upper atmosphere: caribou and people who
survived were dangerously contaminated with caesium 137, and cancer,
lung disease and infant mortality soared.
----- Despite opposition from the International Union of
Astronomers, the US military even put 350,000,000 copper needles
into orbit. An experiment which Dr Bertell says some scientist
believed may have upset the balance of the planetary magnetic field,
causing the massive 8.5 Alaskan earthquake and losing Chile part of
its coast. Yet she shows that such experiments are small beer
compared with what is being done today - and is to come.
HAARP - Ionosphere modification
----- For example, she describes HAARP (America's High-frequency
Active Auroral Research Programme) a multimillion pound 'civilian'
installation, hidden away in Alaska, ostensibly intended to 'alter
the performance of communications and surveillance systems'.
Seemingly innocent enough, until she explains that this grid of 180
transmission towers is funded by the military and is part of the
'Star Wars' defence network. HAARP, and its linked brother projects
are, she says, known to the military as 'ionosphere modification
facilities'. For, according to the proposal for its installation,
HAARP is intended to trigger and control natural processes in the
ionosphere in ways 'that could be potentially exploited for
department of Defence Purposes'. In other words the ionosphere,
which shelters the earth, will be used as the barrel of the gun.
-----Dr Bertell suggests that so great is the power of such
transmitters that even living near them could be dangerous. She
quotes a US federal Environmental Impact statement which says that
HAARP can 'raise the internal body temperature of nearby people
…(and) detonate aerial munitions, scramble aircraft communications
and flight controls'. Even slight increases in body temperature can
alter functioning of brain and body and, as she points out, even a
small rise in electromagnetic radiation may cause an increase in
cataracts and leukaemia and alter brain and body chemistry, blood
pressure and heart rates. But such direct harm is the mere tip of
----- In one type of experiment these transmission towers will, Dr
Bertell reveals, combine to emit a giant beam, of such power that,
'in a burst lasting more than a few minutes - it will slice through
the ionosphere like a microwave knife' producing a long incision in
this vital layer of the atmosphere. However, the main aim of HAARP
is, she explains, to heat sections of the ionosphere until they
bulge to form a curved 'lens' which will 'reflect' HAARP's massive
energy beams back to earth to destroy selected targets - presumably
without leaving even a trace of what caused the devastation.
----- The layers of our atmosphere are so little understood that no
one can possibly know the impact of cutting the ionosphere open, or
of making it bulge like a lens. Moreover, she points out that
scientists have warned that the energy from HAARP may combine with a
natural wave frequency with results which are 'quite
disproportionate to the level of input' - including disrupting the
harmony between 'earth life forms….and….earth's life support
----- The rings round Saturn are thought to have been caused by a
comparable interaction between energy waves. So, the possibility
that HAARP, and its confreres, might trigger catastrophic changes to
this planet cannot be ruled out. As Dr Bertell explains, everything
is connected, 'everything in our universe is in dynamic equilibrium
and this interference (from HAARP) may destabilise a system that has
established and maintained its own cycle for millions of years' -
protecting life on earth.
ELF pulsed into the earth
----- Nor is that all. Dr Bertell says that both HAARP and
installations in Russia - on which America has, remarkably,
collaborated - can also create pulsed, extremely low frequency (ELF)
waves which have been directed deep into the earth itself,
potentially disrupting delicately poised tectonic plates of the
earth's crust, such as those of California's San Andreas fault.
Given the little understood interplay between tectonic plates,
volcano's and the earth's molten core, to call this playing with
fire would be an absurd understatement.
----- Nor, it seems are these the only military installations
threatening earth's viability. Dr Bertell tells us that HAARP is
just one of a growing chain of astonishingly powerful, and
potentially interactive, military installations, using varied types
of electromagnetic fields or wavelengths, each with a different
ability to affect the earth or its atmosphere. For example, an
installation in Alaska will have a magnetic field more than 60,000
times greater than the earth itself.
----- To anyone who knows the impact of magnetic fields on the human
body the potential risks of such an installation are obvious.
Equally, as Dr Bertell points out, the earth's magnetic field is
both produced by electric currents in the earth's liquid core and
interacts with the Van Allen belts of the earth's atmosphere in ways
not yet understood.
----- With typical restraint, she chooses not to guesstimate the
effect that a magnetic field 60,000 times greater than the earth's
will have on the earth's core or the atmosphere. Yet she believes
that military tests may already have disturbed earth equilibrium. In
addition to showing how earlier military tests have massively
contributed to ozone depletion and global warming Dr Bertell
suggests that some freak weather conditions and 'natural' disasters
may have been directly caused by testing installations such as
Links to earthquakes and freak weather
----- For example, in 1977 a freak storm which devastated a small
town in Wisconsin and destroyed 350 hectares of forest, followed hot
on the heels of a government ELF wave experiment. While The Bulletin
of the Atomic Scientist reported that an ELF wave transmitter lay
right in the middle of another storm which brought down 150 - 200
times more rain than normal. These links are more than purely
circumstantial, for she says that weather modification is on the US
air force agenda, and in 1992 the Russians told the Wall Street
Journal they could already achieve it. And the Wisconsin storm
offers what looks very much like direct evidence.
----- The question is, does anyone have the wisdom to control
weather wisely, and unselfishly? And do they even begin to
understand the potential for unexpected side-affects from all these
experiments. As she points out, it is since the inception of Star
Wars experiments that El Nino has changed its cycle and become far
more severe with devastating effects.
----- Equally, a Soviet experiment with the ionosphere directly
preceded an earthquake in China which killed 650,000 people. While
in America ELF - type waves were detected immediately before a San
Francisco earthquake in 1989, and unnatural and unexplained low
frequency waves were detected before earthquakes in Japan and
California in 1989, and before an earthquake in Los Angeles in 1994.
We can only wonder whether such ELF waves preceded the recent
earthquakes in El Salvador and India this year, and whether the
carnage has been caused by 'security experiments' by one of the
----- What is certain, as Dr Bertell shows, is that, globally, the
number of earthquakes a year has more than doubled since the
inception of military experiments which affect the earth and its
atmosphere. Even this could, of course, be mere coincidence but
another fact suggests something unusual is going on. Inexplicably,
an earthquake in Bolivia in 1994 originated 600km below the earth's
surface - 24 times deeper than normal.
----- However, even if no such disasters can be laid at the door of
the world's military, weapons which interfere with the atmosphere
violate the 1976 Environment Modification Convention. Yet, she tells
us that in January 1991, despite America having signed that
convention, the White House waived the requirement for actions by
the Pentagon to be assessed for environmental impact. However,
America and Russia are not alone in possessing such weapons. Her
revelations of 30 years of military innovations show that Britain,
Germany and NATO have all been involved in military developments
which show a cavalier disregard for life on earth.
----- Dr Bertell is perhaps one of the few people in the world who
could write this book. As leader of medical commissions to both
Bhopal and Chernobyl she is skilled in unearthing facts from beneath
mountains of dis-information - accurately scooping the world's
media, on the truth about depleted uranium weapons, by more than a
year. As a nun dedicated to serving in the world she does not shrink
from the unpopularity accorded a messenger. And her standing as a
scientist, personal integrity, and evidence of meticulous research,
challenge any yearning to disbelieve her.
----- A long-standing opponent of nuclear weapons, she sees today's
military research as a 'cancer of the body politic' consuming human,
financial, and natural resources which are desperately needed
elsewhere. 'I would liken society's dependence on the military to a
family in which one partner is addicted to something and claims a
large proportion of money for feeding the addiction'. As she points
out, the billions annexed by defence projects create the very
deprivation which eventually fosters war. Moreover, she says
military research sequesters many top scientists, 'This "brain
drain" from the civilian economy may be depriving us of those who
could resolve the most serious survival problems now facing the
----- This is not a comfortable, or easy, book and needs to be
chewed slowly, in small helpings. Yet it is well worth chewing and
her overall message is one of hope. She says we need to redefine the
militaristic word 'security' to mean 'the protection and responsible
stewardship of the Earth' - and redirect former military expenditure
towards conflict resolution, social justice and sustainable living.
A change which, she believes, can be achieved through active
citizenship, global co-operation, information exchange between
caring people and organisations, and the kind of peaceful pressure
which, in 1996, led to the International Court of Justice declaring
the use of nuclear weapons unlawful.
----- She concludes:
----- 'I hope this book has given readers some inspiration as to how
the might become involved in helping this peaceful planet evolve to
its full potential. Despite years of abuse, it is still an amazing
and beautiful creation. It deserves our best efforts. Enjoy it, love
it, and save it'.
----- There she is wrong. It is not the planet which may die: it is
us. It is ourselves we must love enough to cherish the miraculous
web of life which radiates from the earth's core to the farthest
limits of our universe.
* * * * *
Reveals Many New Weapons of Mass Destruction
by Larry Ross, February 28, 2005
The book is: “Planet Earth the Latest Weapons of War” by Rosalie
Bertell, a distinguished and world-famous scientist. She is a winner
of major international awards for science. As a Catholic Nun she has
dedicated her life to her continuous work for humanity.
What she reveals is unbelievably stunning – almost stupefying. Even
I did not want to believe it at first, and I’ve been fighting
against a global nuclear doomsday for over 50 years. But her
credentials are impressive and impeccable.
She reveals how “the military is testing radically new weapons which
imperil the earth and all life on it. Such as HAARP, which heats
sections of the ionosphere until they bulge to form a curved ‘lens’
which will ‘reflect’ HAARP’s massive energy beams back to earth to
destroy selected targets. She thinks ‘HAARP may destabilize a system
that has established its own cycle for millions of years’ –
protecting life on earth.
Or ELF, which ‘creates pulsed, extremely low frequency waves which
have been directed deep into the earth itself, potentially
disrupting delicately poised tectonic plates of the earths crust’
Off the Coast of Indonesia, tectonic plates in the Indian Ocean
shifted to cause the Boxing Day Tsunami, killing over 250,000 people
Dr Bertell tells us that HAARP and ELF are some of ‘growing chain of
astonishingly powerful, and potentially interactive, military
installations, using varied types of electromagnetic fields or
wavelengths, each with a different ability to affect the earth or
Did the Pentagon test HAARP on tectonic plates off Indonesia,
thereby causing the Boxing Day Tsunami? I don’t know, but I think
there should be a scientific investigation of the causes, with a
HARRP test as one of the possibilities. If the Pentagon has nothing
to hide, they should welcome such an opportunity.
A few facts: A danger is: ‘A HAARP installation in Alaska will have
a magnetic field more than 60,000 times greater than the earth
itself’. A potential result of tests is: …’Globally, the number of
earthquakes a year has more than doubled since the inception of
military experiments which affect the earth or its atmosphere’
Conclusion; the amount of sheer power available to the Bush
Administration, from their superpower nuclear arsenal, their other
WMD, and now HAARP, ELF and other devices, is mind-boggling. Adding
up all the risks, from nuclear weapons and their potential usage, to
the new weapons, it is likely that due to “accident, miscalculation,
act of madness, or faulty policy decision” a terminal global
disaster will occur.
Everything has been put in place, including thousands of nuclear
missiles on alert status, for a terminal disaster to occur. There
are huge resources in terms of people, money, machines and corporate
organizations – the biggest ever –devoted to increasing the
preparations to unleash what can quickly become a global disaster.
The most important factor of all is the human factor. The Bush
Administration is the most militaristic and dangerous in history –
unleashing wars, such as that on Iraq, based on lies as
justification, and creating pre-emptive war doctrines that sanction
the use of nuclear weapons. They are hostile to advice, even from
conservative sources, and proclaim the ‘truth’ as they decide it to
be. They claim a vision of an American Empire dominating the world,
and a vision of a God-proclaimed nuclear Armageddon in case things
go wrong. They think the gamble is worth it.
What we see in America today is an insane system. It is a
military/industrial juggernaut, in the grip of mad hubristic
doctrines, run by a power-crazed psychopathic but a superficially
sane Administration. They are dedicated, function effectively and
sanely to accomplish their objectives. They are willing to take any
risk, and then deny there is any risk.
They have committed many crimes so far. But like past war criminals,
will always claim such crimes are not crimes, but justified steps to
achieve their objectives. They are unlikely to turn back or learn
any lessons. They define the truth as they decide it to be. They
greatly increase both the danger of a nuclear catastrophe, and the
system which makes it increasingly likely.
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