Does Air Force Chaff Count As Evidence Of Chemtrail Conspiracy?
Yesterday, in response to our chemtrails challenge, our reader Tom posted a link to a collection of articles by Stop Spraying California about allegations of the spraying of aluminum chaff by the Air Force. One of these articles actually referred to an actual body of data, claiming that the Air Force had acknowledged and detailed its release of aluminum chaff in a 1997 report.
This piece of data is genuine! The Government Accounting Office refers to the data in its own review of the environmental impact of aluminum chaff: DOD Management Issues Related to Chaff NSIAD-98-219, Sep 22, 1998. In 1997, the GAO confirms, the Air Force dropped “1.8 million bundles worldwide, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft used more than 354,000 bundles and 593 rolls, and Navy combat ships used about 10,000 large bundles” of aluminum chaff, not just in the United States, but around the world. Furthermore, the GAO concluded that the Department of Defense had been negligent, failing to follow up on promises to investigate the environmental and health effects of aluminum chaff.
So, we know that the American military has dropped a lot of potentially dangerous chaff in the U.S. and elsewhere. Is this, however, proof that of chemtrails?
Chemtrails conspiracy theories assert that dangerous levels of toxic materials are being purposefully deposited by the government, through distribution in long, artificial clouds behind airplanes at high altitudes. In order for data to constitute evidence of the reality of chemtrail conspiracies, then, the data need to show that any substance that has been distributed by government airplanes has been 1. Toxic, and 2. Purposefully toxic.
There is some question about whether the aluminum deposited through chaffing exercises is toxic. A research survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2005, prompted by concerns about the potential for impact of chaff upon endangered pronghorn antelopes, noted the existence of studies that concluded that chaff containing aluminum would not be harmful to either humans or animals: “Although there is potential for inhalation hazard to wildlife, two reports found that the risk is negligible. A study in the United Kingdom found that chaff particle size was too large for inhalation in humans and livestock (USAF 1997). Therefore, chaff is considered too large to be respired. When broken down, chaff would not cause adverse effects to terrestrial wildlife because aluminum and silicon are not very toxic when inhaled (NRL 1999).” The survey also noted a 1999 study of a worst case scenario at a military base in Nevada where chaffing exercises had been frequently run. That study, by the Naval Research Laboratory, “concluded that the deposition of chaff did not result in the accumulation of toxic substances in soils and that inhalation and ingestion exposure to domestic livestock and non-domestic grazers was not a concern due to the large size of chaff fibers, and because ingestion of unreasonably large amounts of chaff would be required to produce toxic effects.” Conducting its own worst-case scenario research, the Fish and Wildlife Service determined that “Sonoran pronghorn are not likely to be at risk from aluminum toxicity at BMGR due to chaff releases.”
There’s reason to doubt that chaffing exercises by the U.S. Air Force create toxic conditions for people on the ground. But, let’s say that chaff turns out to be toxic. Even then, we can’t count chaffing as chemtrail activity.
Chemtrails are purported to be the product of purposeful poisoning of the American people. The purpose of chaffing isn’t to poison anybody. Chaffing is conducted to protect military aircraft from incoming missiles. Chaffing exercises by military aircraft are intended to train pilots in how to successfully deploy chaff. Any damage that is caused to people or animals on the ground would be accidental.
The link provided by our reader Tom lists the following symptoms of chemtrails:
Short Term Effects of Chemtrails:
• Brain Fog
• Breathing difficulties (Unexplained)
• Chronic sore or raspy throat
• Eye and skin irritations
• Flatulence (gas)
• Flu-like symptoms
• itching (Unexplained)
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Nose bleeds (Unexplained)
• Panic attacks
• Persistent coughing
• Respiratory problems
• Stomach aches
• Suicidal thoughts
• Tinnitus (distant ringing in ears or high pitched sound after spraying)
• And many other symptoms"
Those “other symptoms” are then listed, and include autism, borderline personality disorder, fibromyalgia, learning disabilities, oily skin, schizophrenia, and sleep disorders. I am unable to find any peer-reviewed studies at all that link chaffing to these symptoms, or “brain fog”, “panic attacks”, or “suicidal thoughts”.
The huge range of symptoms that anti-chemtrail activists attribute to chemtrail exposure shows us another essential characteristic of the chemtrail conspiracy theory: The belief that chemtrails explain an immense range of mental and physical illnesses. Chaffing simply isn’t linked to all of these symptoms.
Chaffing also doesn’t fit with the chemtrail conspiracy theories in that Chemtrail conspiracy theorists say that dozens of chemtrails are created every day, all over the United States. Chaffing, however, takes place only in a few areas, relatively close to military bases.
Finally, the chemtrail conspiracy theorists assert that chemtrail programs are secret, illegal, and contain a huge range of toxic substances. The site Tom linked to lists the following as the components of chemtrail spray:
Aluminum Oxide Particles
Bacilli and Molds
Desiccated Human Red Blood Cells
Human white Blood Cells-A (restrictor enzyme used in research labs to snip and combine DNA)
Known as CHAFF)
Radio Active Thorium
Sharp Titanium Shards
(Containing Live Biological Matter)
Yellow Fungal Mycotoxins
Chaff is listed, but chemtrails are supposed to, according to the conspiracy theory that Tom cited, contain many more substances than just chaff. Besides, chaffing isn’t secret, and it isn’t illegal.
Chaffing doesn’t fit the bill. Proof of chaffing does not constitute proof of chemtrails.
Good for Tom for finding a page that links to some data – but we’re going to need to see a great deal more data than this to count the chemtrail challenge as having been met.