Former wrestler Jesse Ventura is hosting a new TV show about conspiracy theories.
The first target for “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura” is the HAARP project in Gakona, set to air Wednesday at 9 p.m. on truTV.
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program has been a favorite of the conspiracy set for many years.
Ventura sides with those who claim, with no credible evidence, that HAARP is a secret plot to use electronic beams for mind control and weather control. As the show puts it, “some experts say” that HAARP can “penetrate human skulls and control the minds of its victims.”
Government and university researchers say HAARP exists to research the physical and electrical properties of the ionosphere and it does not have the power to control minds or weather.
“There are no classified documents pertaining to HAARP. The Environmental Impact Process (EIP) documents have always been, are now, and will always be completely descriptive of the program in its entirety. The EIP documents are a matter of public record,” the HAARP Web site states.
A video clip posted on the “Larry King Live” Web site shows Ventura and his “expert investigators” arguing with a guy at the gate of the HAARP site on the Tok Cutoff.
The heavyset guy in a gray shirt, who doesn’t seem particularly threatening, appears with his face and voice electronically distorted. He tells Ventura he needs to get permission from the Air Force to enter.
Ventura responds that he was stonewalled by the Air Force. In his best pro wrestler voice he says, “There’s something going on here that they don’t want people to know about.”
“When I get denied something I do the opposite of getting intimidated, I get angry,” he bellows.
He scoffs at the assertion the HAARP site is just to study the physics of the ionosphere.
“Come on man, I’m a Navy SEAL,” Ventura says. “The military don’t do things unless it has a military purpose and the military purpose is destruction and waging war.”
As the video showdown nears a dramatic moment, with the viewer expecting Ventura to execute a body slam on the poor guy at the gate, something strange happens.
The narrator says Ventura was about to walk in without permission, but some mysterious electronic interference started. The audio and video equipment just stopped working. That apparently foiled Ventura’s attempt to unravel the conspiracy or to walk onto the property without permission.
This sounds like a convenient dodge to avoid getting arrested and/or to avoid having to be shown walking away after being denied access, which would not make for good TV.
All of this is as phony as pro wrestling.
Almost every year since 1995, HAARP has held an open house, open to anyone with or without video cameras.
HAARP also has hosted a regular program called the Polar Aeronomy and Radio Science Summer School for students and graduate supervisors.
Ventura told the Los Angeles Times that just because “they invite people in for coffee and doughnuts” at the HAARP site, doesn’t mean there is nothing sinister happening.
“If that’s all it is, an unclassified research project, then why wouldn’t I be allowed in? It gets its funding from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the most secret part of the Pentagon. That doesn’t raise concern with you?”
The Times reporter, who must have seen the HAARP show, said, “It doesn’t seem like in that episode you really got to the bottom of anything.”
Ventura responded, “How can you get to the bottom, with a one-hour TV show and the limited resources I have? Hey, I’m doing a lot better than you guys are! How’s that for you?”
A public relations office at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, which handles HAARP questions, said Ventura asked in advance for a tour of the HAARP facility, but was refused.
The spokeswoman at Kirtland said public access is limited to the open houses at HAARP.
This is the episode synopsis released by the show promoters:
“In a remote region of Alaska, a special government research center is said to be testing radio waves that some believe are being developed as a potential weapon. If true, some say these radio waves could do everything from change the weather to control people’s minds. Jesse Ventura and his team head to Alaska to investigate, but are stopped at the gate of the facility, unable to enter and see its real purpose first-hand. They also talk to a scientist who demonstrates how radio waves can be used to literally move clouds.”
Ventura said in one interview that this show is not a documentary, but a form of entertainment. At least he’s right about that.