'Chemtrails,' Ron Paul, and the Cost of Conspiracy in Arizona

While putting the finishing touches on this article, I had a chance to talk to many people about the (alleged) chemtrail phenomenon. And one name came up again and again: perennial presidential candidate Ron Paul. (See the youtube video above.)

It makes sense, of course. Whether Congressman Paul believes in chemtrails or not (the matter seems to be disputed), his fringe belief system draws the types of people who obsess over matters that are at best silly, and at worst deadly. But he also ends up dragging a whole bunch of goofy conspiracies into our political process by means of his tech-savvy, oddball supporters. The result is what happened at the Sheldon Adelson evening caucus in Nevada (when Paul supporters seized the podium to push their pet issues) and this tale of misadventure from my home state: Time is wasted. Brainpower is misused and frittered away on marginal and mostly theoretical subject matter. And our communities are distracted from dealing with issues that are actually important.


If you’re like most folks, you probably look up at the sky occasionally. And when you do, you may or may not notice the long white crystalline etchings that zig-zag across the atmosphere, remnants of the thousands of jets that ply the ether in their daily travels.

(I myself do not notice them; it is hard enough texting and driving as it is, and I do not own a convertible.)

These evanescent beauties are known as contrails, which, according to Wikipedia, are

…artificial clouds that are the visible trails of condensed water vapour made by the exhaust of aircraft engines. As the hot exhaust gases cool in the surrounding air they may precipitate a cloud of microscopic water droplets or, if the air is cold enough, tiny ice crystals.[1]

Sounds reasonable to me.

But there is a vocal and vociferous minority that believes contrails are just one of the substances that can spill from the back of a plane — and that they are used as cover by the diabolical to mask what really happens at high altitudes: the spraying of noxious and poisonous substances known as chemtrails.

Who is in charge of this genocidal program? Evil climate-change scientists? The U.S. government? The Air Force? How about The New World Order or The Illuminati? Has anyone spoken to the artist formerly known as Prince? He seems to know a few things….

Regardless of who is directing it and carrying it out, and for what manner of nefarious purposes, the practice is evidently widespread, and easy to spot:

The effects range from nuisance caliber to worse. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

Neck pain Stiff neck  Stomach cramps Headaches/Sinus problems Nausea Dizziness/ Light headed Can’t catch breath Weepy feeling of sadness/No energy Massive or light fatigue/Crying spells Loose bowels Feeling disconnected or “spaced out”/Can’t focus thoughts or speech/Confusion Deep coldness Depression Tight chest which gets worse when laying down/Anxiety Symptoms never seem to go away/Tests from doctors show nothing /Congestion in chest Body pain Dramatic mood swings/Anger, sadness Tightness in chest and or stomach/Ear aches Sore throat Tightness in shoulders both or one side going in to neck, head, and sinuses/Soreness all over Dry cough Metallic taste in mouth Stomach acid problems Hot flashes Unexplained rashes Short term memory loss, Etc…

Now ordinarily I’m not going to waste even a second worrying about any of this. After all, there are all kinds of maladies out there to choose from, so If I’m going to fixate, then I want the time to be well spent. Something with unrelenting blood or misshapen bumps or insect eggs under the skull is bound to be way more exciting than the pedestrian stuff listed above.

But then I found out that some of the toxic misting was taking place darn near in my own back yard. A guy would have to be a fool not to check that out…right?


Forgive me, dear reader, while I backtrack for just a moment. I am sure at this point you are asking yourself: Why would anyone dump Barium or Ty-D-Bol or whatnot on innocent people all over the planet? That’s a tough one to answer. Except for maybe the climate change aspect (seeding the skies might bring about more sanguine weather patterns, which might help agriculture flourish), and the more sinister population control piece (as one of the links above states, the goal is to “eradicate useless eaters” for the greater good of those left standing), most of the conspiracy theorists seem to just accept that the powerful do it because they can; it seems to be an unsaid truism that those who have the ability to hurt others will always do so — it’s just in their nature, after all. Not that that is a very good answer, but in all the literature I have read, it is mostly about how and who and not the motives behind it all. Of course there is money involved — but that is just a side aspect; the ruling cabals always make a lot of it somehow, and this is just another way….

And now back to the story!

Sedona, Arizona, is less than 100 miles up the road from my home in Phoenix. To say it is magical is to call Barney Frank misdirected. It is soooo much more. Famous for its red-hued rocky outcrops, vortexes, UFOs, and a slightly wacky-but-loveable concentration of activists of many stripes, it just makes sense that this Yavapai County city would be a prime target of the conscienceless goons who inflict mass mind-control techniques on the citizens of our world.

But Sedona-ites are not going to just take it. They are way too vigilant. And engaged. Even former politicians are involved in the fight, as detailed in this quote from Aircrap.org:

PHOENIX – She might be retired from political life, but former state senator Karen Johnson is not retired from being an activist. After serving in the House of Representatives for eight years and the senate for four, Johnson retired in 2008 to her home in Linden where she now has time to garden and become more active in issues that concern her.

One of these issues took her on a recent trip back to the state capital to try to bring the subject of chemtrails and geoengineering to her former colleagues, including Governor Jan Brewer and Senator Sylvia Allen who is from Snowflake.

Johnson is incensed by the wanton disregard of the evil-doers for the sanctity of life, and “…would like to see Arizona declare the state a ‘no fly zone’ for chemtrail spraying.”

“The data found…shows that one of the chemicals being sprayed is aluminum oxide which is toxic to all life,” said an angry Johnson. “Alzheimer’s has increased rapidly since they started spraying in the late 1990s.”


Johnson’s statement dovetails nicely with the prevailing theory that all this coordinated mischief started over a decade ago. To go back to Wikipedia:

In 1996, a chemtrail conspiracy theory began to circulate when the United States Air Force (USAF) was accused of “spraying the US population with mysterious substances” from aircraft “generating unusual contrail patterns.”[4] The Air Force says these accusations were a hoax fueled in part by citations to a strategy paper drafted within the Air Force’s Air University entitled Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025.[10][11] The paper was presented in response to a military directive to outline a future strategic weather modification system for the purpose of maintaining the United States’ military dominance in the year 2025, and identified as “fictional representations of future situations/scenarios.”[11] The Air Force further clarified that the paper “does not reflect current military policy, practice, or capability,” and that it is “not conducting any weather modification experiments or programs and has no plans to do so in the future.”[4][12] Additionally, the Air Force states that the “‘Chemtrail’ hoax has been investigated and refuted by many established and accredited universities, scientific organizations, and major media publications.”[4]

No matter — at least in Sedona. The zeal of individuals like Johnson led, throughout 2011, to a rather high volume of e-mails and walk-in visits to City Hall. Letters like the following circulated around town:

To whom it may concern:

I am being poisoned because of chemtrails. You are being poisoned by chemtrails. We are being spraying with dangerous chemicals every day. We are slowly being killed. Have you noticed how many people are getting cancer and how many of our children are developing ADHD and autism? It’s an alarming number and it’s all because of chemtrails.

Because of this and because I have several grandchildren myself, I am very involved in trying to expose this conspiracy. I am really upset at our government and what they are not doing to protect us. The government was created to protect us and they need to start doing their job.

About a year ago the black helicopters flew over my community and sprayed everything. They did this at night so no one would know. However, I heard the helicopter and it woke me up. I went outside and I realized what they were doing, but it was too late. I was exposed. I immediately got sick. I couldn’t breathe. I got a severe headache that lasted for days, at least five days. My dog also got sick and was vomiting everywhere. I lost several teeth within weeks of being sprayed. I have been sick ever since. I can’t sleep and eventually I lost my job because of this. I called the police department, but they refused to do anything to help me.

I watch my neighbors get sick too and I try to tell them and show them photographs, but they are not listening. Just this morning when I was out for my daily walk and looked at the sky, I saw at least five criss-cross chemtrail bands spreading across our beautiful desert sky, spraying their poison into the air we breathe. This is bad.

This is very serious and we need to unite together and do something to stop the poisoning before its too late. I don’t know who is behind this, but they are very nasty people. I want to form a group of concerned citizens to work with me to stop this cruel act from continuing. If you are interested in helping yourself, your friends, and family members, please contact me at:

There was also a raft of call-ins like this.

So last year, on October 25, a city council meeting was called to order (item 9a in this link).

Here was the council’s finding after hearing from guest speaker Trevor Baggiore, deputy director of the Air Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality:

There is no credible evidence that “chemtrails” actually create health, public safety, or other problems for the public. No further council or staff time should be allocated for this issue after the presentation this evening.

If you notice, the finding doesn’t say there are no such things as chemtrails; it just says that they don’t cause issues for the public. So who knows? Baggiore, for his part, indicated that interest in the phenomenon is cyclical:

We get questions about it, and then we won’t for a year or two, and then it kind of bubbles back to the surface. I know there has been a lot of work done recently on the Internet.

I sent an e-mail to the city community development director, John O’Brien, who was kind enough to reply thusly:

Based on the presentation from the ADEQ representative to the Sedona City Council, there does not appear to be any scientific evidence of the existence of chemtrails. With that said, even if chemtrails really do exist, this would be an issue for the FAA to address, not the City of Sedona.

So is any of this stuff true? I really don’t care, to be honest, unless the Weed-B-Gon blows down the mountain to the Nampion Homestead. (Although, come to think of it, that might just help me in the ongoing battle with my HOA.) When you research the topic, even a little, you find the entire spectrum of belief, from curmudgeonly skeptics to, well, some very interesting Kool-Aid chuggers. In a final effort to bring clarity to the subject, I tried to cadge an interview with some of the senior leadership of The New World Order, but I only got this cryptic video in response:

Maybe one of you intrepid investigators out there will have a little more luck. Just be sure to don that Hazmat suit first — ya hear?


Although it is big fun to mock the Paulites and other nutters who believe in chemtrails and the like, here is something for you to chew over while hiding out in your neighborhood bunker: What if these same people — who ground Sedona city business to a halt, who consumed valuable minutes of AZ state employees’ time down in Phoenix, who suck up bandwidth on the internet (not to mention way too much of the Earth’s oxygen ) — were committed to a cause that might actually make our lives better?

Instead of trying to “prove” that our own military routinely drains pestiferous liquids onto our heads, maybe they could get together and discuss ways to deal with our actual enemies who really do want to kill us.

But that would be a waste of time, of course. Everyone knows that the only reason those Muslims are mad is because we’re over in their sacred lands — and we’re probably spraying the hell out of them, too. Right?

Or the windmill-tilters could take a page from their fearless leader’s handbook (after all, he’s not wrong all the time) and tie up the phone lines into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (202-456-1111, you are welcome) over the administration’s recent steamroller of an attack against religious freedom in this country. C’mon, Libertarians! Since when does government have the right to force any organization of faith to fund procedures that directly contradict one of the pillars of  its belief system? Talk about tyranny!

My hopes are not high that any of this will happen. Those that live on the perimeters are usually there for a reason. But it might help to deal with reality every once in awhile….