Even though some rules and laws may seem ridiculous, they should only exist because someone actually did something so ridiculous. This is why it is always legal to rain death from above, as long as that death is not real rain. In this case, the United States is the perpetrator, sowing the clouds in Vietnam to prevent the North Vietnamese from infiltrating into the South.
“This weather is crazy, as if it happened to us on purpose!”
The idea is actually quite brilliant. Instead of bombing the Ho Chi Minh Trail into submission, they would simply render it unusable. With Operation Popeye, the US Air Force has sown the clouds on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in an effort to extend the Vietnamese monsoon season, keep the trail muddy and treacherous, and prevent the North to move men and equipment to southern Vietnam.
From Thailand, the United States used C-130 and F-4C aircraft armed with lead iodide and silver iodide to spread in the clouds above the runway. The chemicals condensed the water in these clouds, forming precipitation as rain. They wanted to block dirt roads taken by enemy trucks and men, cause landslides, wash out river crossings, and keep roads impassable.
The 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron contributed to the 2,602 cloud seeding missions flown during Popeye.
It’s a lot of rain.
“I never even imagined this was what this group was doing,” recalled Brian Heckman, a former Air Force pilot, “until we got there and showed up at the briefing, then they explained to us what the project was about. We just circled around looking for clouds to sow.
And so Popeye continued enthusiastically, even though Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird had no knowledge of the program and even testified to the “fact” that there were no such programs in Vietnam before Congress. The public didn’t find out about the program until the Pentagon Papers, published by the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971. This is how the Environmental Modification Convention was adopted in 1977 .
Chemtrails were still totally legal.
Its full name was actually the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques, limiting “widespread, long-lasting or severe effects as a means of destruction, damage or injury “. It basically says that any manipulation of weather (aka “environmental modification”) as a means of wartime destruction is strictly prohibited.
The United States was among the first signatories of this agreement.