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April 4, 2001 lifeboat news service 2001 William Thomas and S.T. Brendt

PORTLAND, Maine...A senior air traffic control manager responsible for commercial aircraft over the northeastern United States has confirmed in a second exclusive interview with radio reporter S.T. Brendt that large formations of U.S. Air Force tanker aircraft are conducting ongoing operations over the USA and Canada.

The sky-obscuring chemicals laid down in criss-cross patterns by the big jets have been observed by thousands of eyewitnesses across North America over the past two years. When asked the purpose of these missions, the FAA official said he was told "weather modification" after a "higher civil authority" ordered him to divert incoming trans-Atlantic airliners around military formations flying over 37,000 feet on March 12, 20 and 21, 2001.

On Monday, March 12, reporter Brendt and her partner Lou Aubuchont counted 30 aircraft laying down a lingering gridwork of plumes between 12:05 and 12:55 pm. Aubuchont, who witnessed many military maneuvers during his stint as a courier in U.S. Navy Intelligence, said he had never seen anything like it.

"It looked like an invasion," he told this reporter. Aubuchont emphasized that unlike aerial battle exercises, the tankers were unescorted by combat helicopters or fighter jets. "It was just tankers."

After being contacted at a major metropolitan airport by Brendt, the ATC manager drove to her home on Monday, March 26 to see for himself how many commercial jets would be visible from her location. The FAA official counted just three jets "off in the distance" between 12:05 and 12:55 pm.

Of the nine jets on his radar scope during that same time period on March 12, the official told Brendt she should have been able to see only one from her location. Instead, she and Aubuchont counted 30. And the flights continued all day.

Speaking on condition of strict anonymity in a secure location, the chain-smoking government source noted that the chemicals sprayed by the air force tankers on March 12 showed up as a "haze" on Air Traffic Control radar scopes. The weather at the time of the incident was unlimited ceiling and visibility, in a cloudless blue sky.

Such cloudy radar returns are consistent with clouds of talcum-fine aluminum oxide particles released by high-flying tankers in a process USAF Weather Force Specialists term, "aerial obscuration."

The Air Traffic Control manager admitted that the chemicals sprayed by the tankers degraded ATC radar returns. When asked if this posed a threat to flight safety, he replied, "not from my perspective."

But the ATC manager added that similar military operations have been carried out "on other dates" and "other regions" in the USA. When asked whether the air force jets crossed into Canadian air space, he replied "yes."

In November, 1999, a petition signed by 550 residents of Espanola, Ontario was presented to the Canadian government after alleged overflights by U.S. Air Force tankers sprayed sky-obscuring chemicals that townspeople claimed were making children and adults sick over a 50 square-mile area. Lab tests of rainwater falling through the chemical clouds over Espanola subsequently measured aluminum levels seven-times higher than permissible federal health safety limits.

A patent issued to Hughes Aircraft Company in 1991 calls for spreading a "sunscreen" of aluminum oxide particles to reduce global warming by reflecting 1% of incoming sunlight. Computer simulations carried out by geophysicist Ken Caldeira at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory showed that an anticipated doubling of atmospheric CO2 over the next 50 years would result in no net warming across the globe if the project touted by hydrogen bomb inventor Edward Teller was carried out.

But Caldeira warned a recent gathering of geophysicists that the sky shield could drastically cool the upper stratosphere and "destroy the ozone layer."

The inert aluminum oxide spread by the big jets is not considered to pose a human health risk. But according to U.S. chemical warfare experts, all talcum-fine particulates are extremely respirable - and quick to lodge in human lungs.

Each KC-135 Stratotanker carries 150,000 pounds of transferable fuel or chemicals. The KC-10 Extender carries approximately 320,000 pounds of fuel/chemicals.

The FAA official decided to come forward after his wife was stricken with what doctors diagnosed as Sudden Adult Onset Asthma following the March 12 aerial onslaught. She has no history of allergy. Their children also suffered asthmatic reactions, including an infant son who was rushed to hospital with a gushing nose bleed.

Uncontrollable nose bleeds are commonly reported in wake of the tanker spraying. Two years ago, Brendt was admitted to a local Emergency Room with a gushing nosebleed after accidentally photographing the chemical trails.

The particles sprayed into the upper atmosphere by the big jets also act as nuclei, forming clouds and precipitation.

Immediately after the March weather modification missions, the northeastern seaboard was struck by unseasonable snowstorms that confounded 70 year-old residents, and piled eight-foot snowdrifts against Brendt's home. At least one fatality resulted from collapsing roofs.

Our investigation continues.

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About S.T. Brendt

Tiffany Brendt has been a broadcast journalist and on-air personality for the past eight years with Maine and New Hampshire radio stations WMWV, WCYY AND WLKZ.

Working primarily in the political arena, Ms. Brendt has interviewed candidates for the House of Representatives - most recently Martha Fuller Clark - as well as Presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley. Her interviews air on the award winning "Drive Time News Hour on WMWV.

About William Thomas

William Thomas has been investigating "chemtrails" since breaking this story for the Environment News Service in January, 1998. He is the author of Bringing The War Home, Scorched Earth, and Probing The Chemtrails Conundrum. His documentary videos include the award-winning "Eco War", and "Chemtrails: Mystery Lines In The Sky"

Specializing in health and environment, Thomas's award-winning writing has appeared in more than 50 publications in eight countries. His editorial commentaries have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun and Times-Colonist newspapers - as well as Earth Island Journal and Ecodecision magazines. William Thomas has also appeared on CBC radio and television, CNN and New Zealand national television.

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