- As more and more citizens across the United States and
the world wonder what those white-lined patterns are in the sky, some investigators
have advanced a theory as to the reason for "chemtrails."
- Normal exhaust trails from high-flying jets have long
been known as contrails, a compound word meaning "condensation trail
which is further defined as streaks of condensed water vapor created in
the air by an airplane or rocket at high altitudes." Contrails can
and usually are distorted by the winds, and sometimes it spreads outwards
to form a layer of cirrus cloud, or otherwise just dissipate.
- However, what many are seeing in the skies that may appear
at first glance to be contrails are not at all, according to William Thomas,
outspoken journalist, author, and videographer. Thomas has coined the term
"chemtrails to describe the sites being reported from all corners
of the globe."
- Usually, when you see a contrail, it is one lone stream,
rarely more than one. However, what Thomas has dubbed chemtrails are usually
multiple trails laid down in a crisscrossing pattern, often described by
viewers as similar to a checker board or even a spider's web. The trails
have been seen across North America as well as in at least 14 other countries,
according to Thomas.
- While many theories abound as to what the chemtrails
are composed of, and what effect they have on the human population (see
feature story in Feb. XX, 2000, Clifton Record), the world's governments
continue to deny they are purposely spraying anything from these aircraft.
- Thomas believes the government is covering up the truth,
and has spent untold hours seeking data. He recently produced an 18-minute
videotape through his Lifeboat News Productions " "Chemtrails:
Mystery Lines in the Skies " that puts forth a theory that the federal
government is attempting to manipulate weather patterns to reverse global
- The aircraft most often involved in producing the chemtrails
are Boeing KC-135s and Boeing KC-10s. Both big jets are used by the U.S.
Air Force for air-to-air refueling. The aircraft involved are almost always
painted either solid white, silver, or black, with few or no identifying
- "In March 2000, the United States Air Force grounded
the majority of its KC-135s to fix reported problems, Thomas reports ion
the videotape. He said that chemtrail sightings immediately dropped from
an average of 24 sites to just two. As the planes were put back into service,
the sightings climbed back to previous levels, he said.
- Thomas also cites a research paper titled "Weather
As A Force Multiplier: Overriding the Weather in 2025, as proof that the
government is indeed participating in chemtrail research. The paper clearly
refers to chemtrails as "aerial obscuration, according to the videotape.
- The research paper suggests the government could spray
a "protective sunscreen overhead to deflect one percent of the suns
rays, which could in effect slow or even neutralize runaway global warming.
The research paper noted that the preferred substance to be sprayed would
be a form of aluminum particulates.
- In the summer of 1999, Thomas reports that the city of
Espanola, Ontario, Canada, was the site for numerous chemtrail spreads.
While governmental agencies would not release data concerning the sprayings,
an independent laboratory said water samples should aluminum particulate
levels seven times the safe level.
- Healthcare officials across the country, while extremely
concerned with the rise in "flu-like symptoms not directly attributed
to influenza, are not yet willing to say the chemtrails are causing these
problems. The government continues to deny that any deliberate release
of chemicals into the skies is being conducted, but American people increasingly
are looking for answers.
- "Americans are not alone in their anxious bewilderment
and suffering. In England, after lingering contrails and cobweb-like fallout
were reported over London and Birmingham, the BBC reported on Jan. 14,
1999, that more than 8,000 people " mostly elderly "- died from
pneumonia and other respiratory complications in the last week of December
1998 and the first two weeks of January 1999, Thomas reports.
- While most of the mysterious sprayings eventually merge
into what appears to be overcast skies, occasionally the sprayings seem
to go awry, and substances ranging from a thick, sticky goo to a cobweb-like
filament fall to the earth, adhering to anything they touch. Thomas advises
caution in handling these substances.
- An independent laboratory tested some of these materials,
and found them to contain, among other things, ethylene dibromide (EDB).
An extremely hazardous pesticide, EDB was banned by the US Environmental
Protection Agency in 1983. But in 1991, the composition of jet fuel used
by commercial and military jet aircraft in the U.S., now using EDB as a
key component of that fuel.
- The 1991 Chemical Hazards of the Workplace warns that
repeated exposure to low levels of ethylene dibromide results in general
weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pains, coughing and shortness of breath,
upper respiratory tract irritation, and respiratory failure caused by swelling
of the lymph glands in the lungs. Deterioration of the heart, liver, and
kidneys, and hemorrhages in the respiratory tract can also result from
prolonged contact with the aircraft fuel containing EDB. All of these symptoms
appear to be common ailments suffered by multitudes of residents in areas
- Whatever these mystery chemtrails contain, it is sure
that the controversy over them is still in its infancy stage. However,
once relegated to controversy-based radio talk shows and the Internet,
the mainstream media is now taking notice. As Thomas is joined by dozens
of investigators looking into the ongoing phenomena, more is surely to
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