Two men have been arrested in Georgia on charges of plotting to blow up the Alaska research center of HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The facility, now owned and operated by the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, was built by the U.S. Air Force to study auroras and experiment with creating artificial auroras. The work there has long been of interest to hams, as well as to a variety of conspiracy theorists.
The ARRL Letter reports that one of the two Georgia men was being investigated for drug trafficking when police received a tip that he had been trying to buy a large quantity of weapons. Police found what was described as a massive arsenal of weapons and said the men explained "that God told them to go and blow this machine up that kept souls, so souls could be released." They were both charged with domestic terrorism, and drug offenses. A spokesman for the university assured the Letter that "no souls are stored at HAARP."