Conspiracy Theorists Weigh in On Sandy

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Barack Obama engineering a destructive hurricane just in time to rig this year’s election!

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President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the Disaster Operation Center of Red Cross National Headquarters to discuss superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Washington.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Barack Obama engineering a destructive hurricane just in time to rig this year’s election!

Or, perhaps it’s God’s punishment.

Amid the post-storm chaos, several conservative critics, religious fundamentalists and — let’s face it — unhinged conspiracy theorists have a slew of explanations for the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy.

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Right-wing preacher John McTernan warned his online following that God was “systematically destroying America” for failing to heed his wishes on issues such as gay marriage, and that the hurricane was part of His punishment for the two “pro-homosexual” candidates fielded by America’s two main political parties. The Almighty, as McTernan put it, smote the country with a “huge bucket of vomit in America’s face during the election.” (Or, as Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams put it, a giant ‘Frankengaystorm.’)

With power outages continuing to affect up to 7.5 million people on the east coast and with more than 48 people so far killed by the storm, others are saying that if it wasn’t God who ordered the rapturous storm, it may have been the President himself.

Conspiracy websites, including InfoWars.com, The IntelHub and ConsfearacyNewz, have posted stories in the last few days suggesting that the Obama administration has used a covert weather manipulator known as The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) to help engineer Superstorm Sandy, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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HAARP is a real government-run research program based in Alaska that studies the ionosphere, or the upper atmosphere, aimed at enhancing “communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes.”  For years, conspiracy theorists have blamed HAARP for natural disasters, claiming that the government uses the program to “manipulate the weather with the help of electromagnetic waves,” U.S. News and World Report adds.

Indeed there are so many conspiracy theories about the storm that Buzzfeed has compiled a helpful ‘best of’ guide for the uninitiated. One Facebook user opines that New York “rarely experienced these weather effects before gay marriage.” Another post proclaimed that “the liberal smug bastion of NEW YORK CITY will again be receiving a warning from God.” Most of the 25 Best Hurricane Sandy Conspiracy Theories were culled from the Fox Nation and Fox Facebook pages, according to Buzzfeed.

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10 comments
TwoAmericas
TwoAmericas

Yawn. Weather modification technology is only about 50 years old, Sarah. Back when TIME was a "real" newsmagazine, the reporter would've done the research and spoken with Ben Livingston (the father of weather weapons) and Nick Bagich, or spoken with William Cohen, the former Defense Secretary, about his comments on the reality of weather weapons. Instead, we get this snarky, ill-informed, childish Facebook-caliber post on conspiracy theorists. Get smart, Sarah. Do SOME RESEARCH!

JoshScroggins
JoshScroggins

So glad we are all human, sounds like someone wants to decimate the other

RandomKiwiChick
RandomKiwiChick

LOL! At all these conspiracy theorists... Why the hell would an already financially struggling Government supposedly conjure up a massive storm when the aftermath is going to cost them billions of dollars they can't afford to spend!

Also, those birds outside weren't strategically placed there by the Government to keep an eye on you... The red tape can come off the windows now... Its OK!!!

geeneem
geeneem

Human beings are the worst.

Lockgod
Lockgod

Clearly the Storm "Sandy" is because Mr. Obama failed to appease the Marxist Gods in his nightly "Chicken in the Pot" ritual.  Mr. Obama needs to be reminded that during the chicken sacrifice portion, he has to sprinkle the blood seven times around the altar BEFORE he does the mystic "I got Bin Laden" cackle/dance.  Sandy's older sister "Teresa" is waiting in the wings for HER visit to the big apple.

Perfectarc
Perfectarc

@TwoAmericas Let me get this straight. Somehow, the President was able to direct a fledgling tropical storm born near the equator, usually near the continent of Africa, and steer it along the coast of the US then make landfall in the Northern Atlantic states, all while moving the jet stream so that it gently coaxes Sandy toward the Jersey coast and NYC.  I don't think I've ever been more impressed with a President. I was on the fence before, but President Obama now definitely has my vote!!!! Four more years.

devonsage
devonsage

@RandomKiwiChick Simple answer to your question: to foster a greater dependence on the government - make itself appear not just useful but indispensible.  So there's definitely a motive. Why would a government stage its own "Gulf of Tonkin", "Manchurian Incident", "Reichstag Fire", "Fake Invasion at Gleiwitz", "Operation Northwoods", "9/11"???  To go ahead with a political action that would otherwise appear to be reprehensible.

Now, that doesn't mean that this was necessarily done  in the case of this storm, but some impressive weather modification technology has been out there for years and history is shaped by conspiracy so I wouldn't be too quick to just laugh at all the conspiracy theorists out there.

sgtcase07
sgtcase07

@Lockgod 

It's obvious that you are an ingrate. Your foolishness knows no bound...people like your delusional self should be used as a sand bag somewhere in Afganistan. Pathetic pig

Perfectarc
Perfectarc

@devonsage @TwoAmericas  

Apparently in your mind the technology exists on the scale to propagate tropical storms and hurricanes, far different from cloud seeding to propagate RAIN. READ your own post.