Say what now? On March 3, 2005, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) introduced "S. 517: A bill to establish a Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes":
The term "weather modification" means changing or controlling, or attempting to change or control, by artificial methods the natural development of atmospheric cloud forms or precipitation forms which occur in the troposphere.
The long article "Don't like the weather? Change it" has background on the whole topic, but little on this bill. Scary links are provided here (gov link, one of which discussed here) and here (many tinfoil). And, this says it's a "Bill in Congress to legalize CHEMTRAILS ".
All your conspiracy theory questions are completely answered by this article. There really is nothing to worry about after all.
Da, Gospodin. Pravda provides us with the good news that while both the Americans and the Russians have weather-modification equipment, it has not yet reached the level necessary to cause megastorms. From "USA and Russia supposedly develop secret meteorological weapons":
...some Russian politicians say the experiments have been conducted and still conducted on either side of the ocean. Following death and destruction caused by Katrina, The Americans promptly unearthed the controversial interview by Vladimir Zhirinovsky in which he threatened to unleash floods all over the United States when "our scientists slightly change the earth's gravitational field." Nobody got scared watching the drunken boss of the Liberal Democratic Party promise doom's day for the United States. But once Katrina struck and the southern part of the U.S. got drowned, the improbable rumors about Russia's meteorological weapon came to light again...
...In 2002, Committee for Defense of the Russian Duma raised the issue about a detrimental impact on climate caused by experiments involving disturbance of the earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere. The deputies focused their attention on HAARP system that is still under construction in Alaska...
...Russian politicians are head over heels debating plans of U.S. imperialists and their bloodthirsty military, man-made disasters and floods. They are probably totally unaware that Russia has long build it own facility similar to HAARP. The facility Sura is as powerful as HAARP. It is located in Russia's central area, in a remote and desolate place some 150 km from the city of Nizhny Novgorod. One of the leading scientific research institutions of the USSR, Research Institute of Radiophysical Studies, owns the facility...
...Researchers at the Sura can not yet conjure hurricanes similar to Katrina and Rita. At least they say they can not...
Here are some links. Please summarize:
thread: "The story from those that lived in the area is that the 17th street levee was breached because the construction company working on the old Hammond bridge left a big barge in the canal and the hurricane tossed it around and it busted out a section of the wall."
link "there appears to be a dangerous confusion of damage done to the Industrial Canal, which is the issue here, and damage done to the 17th Street Canal, which is a red herring" (links to this)
9/14 "Mystery Surrounds Levee Breaches"
link "One additional component which as been virtually ignored as the cause of much of the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans was not the topping of the levees by storm surge but the collapse of them by barges. According to a story in The New Orleans Times-Picayune: "A loose barge may have caused a large breach in the east side of the Industrial Canal floodwall. . . " Quoting Army Corps of Engineers project manager Al Naomi: "(The breach is) ultimately in my opinion what got (the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish) flooded." That same story also noted the potential that "small pontoon barges" in the 17th Street Canal "are still unaccounted for" and originally were moored alongside the Old Hammond Highway bridge over the canal, that ironically were in the process of being "hurricane-proofed" as Katrina struck August 29th. . . The Time-Picayune story closes with a quote questioning the Army Corp project manager: "Leonardo Ramirez, a construction worker and Metairie resident who lives on the Jefferson Parish side of the levee near the breached area, said that he thought he heard a barge hitting the levee early Monday, although he did not see it happen: "At quarter to six in the morning, we head a huge bang, and then we heard another. It was so loud. It scared us."
link to video at this site
I've resisted it until now, but let's snug down our tinfoil and consider whether Katrina was intentionally made or diverted in order to make money. One of the possible culprits is HAARP, or "High-frequency Active Aural Research Program".
There are several links about this here: Was Katrina A 'Man-Made Storm' For Profits?
On the 10th, I linked to a ConspiracyPlanet post written by Hal Turner that claimed that the levee had been breached using military explosives: "Loonies: 17th Street Canal breach was intentional".
Turner's site contains an augmented version: "EXPLOSIVE RESIDUE FOUND ON FAILED LEVEE DEBRIS!" One of the augmented portions includes this sub-Clancy bit of dialogue:
When he surfaced and showed the evidence to his superior, the on-site Coordinator for FEMA stepped-in and said "You are not here to conduct an investigation as to why this rupture occurred, but only to determine how best to close it." The FEMA coordinator then threw the evidence back into the water and said "You will tell no one about this."
Piling on layer after layer of tinfoil, I see that Hal Turner has a critic, who, writing in CounterPunch (!), offers "Why Conspiracy Theories Help Bush: The Power of Water"
At the link above, Turner also responds to that article. Enjoy.
"Mayor Nagin in Secret Sitdown with Farrakhan" says that the latter great leader says he met with the former great leader and the two discussed various things, including:
"Mayor Nagin told us there was a 25-foot crater under the levee," Farrakhan explained, before cautioning that the New Orleans Democrat "didn't say there was a bomb. He just said there was a crater."
Farrakhan then added: "I say they blew it [up]."
Citing an Internet report, the Nation of Islam chief explained how the information he got from Nagin led him to conclude that the levees had been deliberately destroyed...
...Though Farrakhan detailed his meeting with the New Orleans mayor at an open forum, the press has kept word of the Farrakhan-Nagin summit under wraps.
In the same address to the Memphis Millions More rally, Farrakhan said Nagin told him that white racists used attack dogs and machine guns to keep blacks from escaping the Superdome.
"Mayor Nagin told us that those poor brothers and sisters that went to the Superdome, these were the ones who made it out of their houses but didn't have any money or means to get out of the city . . . So when the water began to rise around the Superdome, Mayor Nagin told them to get out and start marching over the bridge, the I-10, and get out of here. So they started marching. And when they got over that bridge into the next parish, which was white, they were met with attack dogs and machine guns." [He's refering to the infamous Gretna/Crescent City Connection bridge incident.]
Farrakhan claimed that Mayor Nagin told him warning shots were fired to keep the black evacuees at bay.
"This is Mayor Nagin talking to us," he told the Memphis gathering. "They fired the machine guns over the heads of the crowd. They accepted any white people that were there, but no black people." [Obviously, some white people were not allowed in, such as the socialists.]
Since his alleged meeting with Farrakhan, Mayor Nagin has had no public comment on the Nation of Islam chief's claim that his city's levees were deliberately destroyed.
Scott Stevens is a meteorologist at KPVI-TV in Pocatello, Idaho, and he's got weird, wild, and wacky ideas, USA Today reports:
An Idaho weatherman says Japan's Yakuza mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge itself for the Hiroshima atom bomb attack - and that this technology will soon be wielded again to hit another U.S. city.
He's also a former guest on the Art Bell show, and he's got a site at www.weatherwars.info.
[He] says a little-known oversight in physical laws makes it possible to create and control storms - especially if you're armed with the Cold War-era weapon said to have been made by the Russians in 1976. Stevens became convinced of the existence of the Russian device when he observed an unusual Montana cold front in 2004...
That might be the square clouds he refers to on his website, where he provides this rather interesting Bush quote:
"It's as if the entire Gulf Coast were obliterated by the worst kind of weapon you can imagine"
Despite his obviously insane views which should be ignored by all right-thinking persons, his station manager informs us that he's quite popular in Idaho.
9/23/05 UPDATE: Now, see "Forecaster leaves job to pursue weather theories". It actually sounds like this was voluntary on his part; a career as the new Whitley Streiber or Steve Quayle awaits.
On Sunday, WaPo columnist Eugene Robinson informed us that "reasonable" and "sober" African-Americans in New Orleans are starting to warm up to Louis Farrakhan's conspiracy theory. According to that theory, the levee breaks were an intentional attempt to flood black neighborhoods and leave the White D.. neighborhoods high and dry. Reportedly there was a 25' deep crater caused by the explosion.
Appearing on Meet the Press, Robinson said:
"I was stunned in New Orleans at how many black New Orleanians would tell me with real conviction that somehow the levee breaks had been engineered in order to save the French Quarter and the Garden District at the expense of the Lower Ninth Ward, which is almost all black... These are not wild-eyed people... These are reasonable, sober people who really believe that."
FEMA's clash with [Atty Gen. William French Smith] occurred over a secret contingency plan that called for suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the United States over to FEMA, appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments and declaration of martial law during a national crisis.
..."I believe that the role assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the revised Executive Order exceeds its proper function as a coordinating agency for emergency preparedness," Smith said in the letter to McFarlane, which The Herald obtained. "This department and others have repeatedly raised serious policy and legal objections to the creation of an 'emergency czar' role for FEMA."
Obviously, if their response to Katrina is any guide, FEMA's role as a replacement government is seriously in question. All those tinfoil-wearers should be ashamed of themselves for making up stories about that fine agency.
(And, no, it is not possible that the White House intentionally had FEMA bungle their response in order to get more powers to FEMA so they could eventually declare martial law and establish a police state. Now that would be a conspiracy theory!)