Another bit of “Chemtrail” mythology was born with this YouTube video:
This video has been seized upon by the Chemtrail community as evidence that “chemtrails” are real, and that the German government has admitted they are spraying “chemtrails”.
Unfortunately the entire video is a very bad translation of a story about one Meterologist, Karsten Brand, who is was concerned that the military was using too much chaff (material used to disrupt radar). The military admitted that they do use chaff, but not too much, and it’s not harmful. Brandt contended they use so much it can affect the weather, and might be harmful to people. He’s also annoyed because it interferes with his weather radar.
There are numerous deliberate mistranslations, as pointed out in other places:
The German sentence which appears on screen is :
“Die Aufzeichnungen belegen, dass dabei sehr geringe Mengen von Düppeln ausgebracht werden”
The english sentence thats blended out at the same time reads :
“The registers report emissions of chemtrails at low altitudes”
(Note that you never see the full version of both sentences at the same time. One is wiped out as the other is filled in)
The actual translation should be more like :
“The reports show that very small quantities of chaff were used”.
The Meterologist behind all this, Karsen Brandt (show above, supposedly blaming it on “chemtrails”), actually goes out of his way to distinguish these odd cloud images from “chemtrails”, in this article, translated,
Following the publication of pictures of non-existent clouds on the radar we have been asked many questions. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions:
Are they “Chem Trails?
On various Internet sites there passionate arguments about aircraft spraying chemicals to either change the ozone hole or, acting for the United States (who else also ..), to change the weather – for world domination. This is – according to the supporters of this conspiracy theory – not just an occasional trial, but regular, worldwide and especially in Germany. The sprayed chemicals leave greyish-white trails in the sky that are not like normal contrail, “Chem Trails” look quite different and also behave differently.
The beauty of this conspiracy theory is this: Everyone can see the trails, everyone may feel threatened, but no (normal) citizens can touch or examine them. The web pages show photos of various trails, and the “strange” pattern they leave behind in the sky.
For the layman, it is, at first glance, odd that one day contrails stay in the sky for hours, but the next day they dissolve within minutes . However, this “phenomenon” varies with the humidity and the change is very easy and simple to explain.
Of course, we also can not be absolutely excluded the possibility that a plane sprayed chemicals in the atmosphere. But as regularly and as extensively as has been claimed by the conspiracy theorists, you can just use common sense to exclude. For such a comprehensive worldwide conspiracy, there would have to be not only thousands of US pilots involved, but also scientists, German authorities, etc., etc. . How probably is it that with such a number of people, there is no leak?
The big problem with the video is the translation. In the shot above, the german word “duppel” is translated as “chemical trails (chemtrails)”, when the actual translation is “chaff”. The German word for “chemtrail” is “chemtrail“.
Another rather obvious distinction is that Brandt is talking about invisible clouds, whereas “chemtrails” are very visible (since they are aircraft contrails).
So what’s the real story here? Well, here’s the background of the story in German:
It’s a letter written to the local government in April 2006, describing false images of clouds that show up on weather radar, and asking if there have been Military tests that explain these tests. Here’s a rough (Google) translation:
Small request with response
Question wording of the Small
Small request with response
Question wording of the Small
Mr Ralf Briese (Greens), received on 04.04.2006
Mysteriöse weather phenomena on North German country – threat hazards for humans and the environment through military might experiments?
Several reputable media reported recently on mysterious phenomena in the sky over north German countryside. Thus, already in the last year in July at various radar screens of different weather stations to an apparent cloud over a distance of up to 400 km have been registered, although it neither rained nor the sky was cloudy. The radar is not explainable phenomenon has been repeated at the end of March 2006. The German meteorologists are faced with a mystery. Thus, for example, says Karsten Brandt, meteorologist and director at the weather service “gosh” in Bonn: “This is not right with things.” Together with weather experts from Germany and the Netherlands is Brandt agreed that it is “the appearance” no natural Statement as bird flight or kerosene from airplanes. Similarly, a Fehlmessung of radar equipment be excluded, since different recordings independently, the same pictures in the Netherlands, Emden and Hanover have made. “Golly” against unknown because large environmental pollution and misleading the public.
Meteorologists from the whole federal territory suspect behind the appearances military experiments. This is Joerg Asmus, a meteorologist at the German Weather Service in Offenbach, assuming that the military either to induce changes in weather or simulating terrorist attacks (see DER SPIEGEL 13/2006 – 27 March). Even physicists from the German Center for Air and Space in Oberpfaffenhofen, and geoscientists Bundeswehr come to the conclusion that particles in the atmosphere have been issued to the precipitation radar to disturb. In the expert authority of the Federal Environment Agency take the phenomenon seriously. Apart from the legal issues, which authority allowed these experiments and by what standards relevant here has been traded or whether a legal approval, are environmental and health issues.
I therefore ask the provincial government:
1st What she has knowledge about the phenomena reported on North German country?
2nd How are they evaluated and explained?
3rd Does the provincial government, the assessment of meteorologists, geologists and physicists, that the unerklärbaren weather phenomena or radar records to military experiments must act, otherwise no serious explanation to be found?
4th Has the state government knowledge of such military trials on the north German country with the goal of terrorism or the weather influence?
5th Is to be feared that these tests or other health hazards to humans and nature out?
6th Which country or authority would be notified of such military trials?
7th After the relevant standards such experiments are allowed?
(To the State Chancellery sent on 10.04.2006 – II/721 – 506)
Here is the response (the “admission”):
Reply from the state government
Lower Saxony Ministry Hannover, 24.05.2006
For Home Affairs and Sports
– 53.01-30309-02 –
The Small answer, I request on behalf of the State Government, as follows:
According to the available information, neither the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Sports nor in the other participating departments (MS, C, MU) to answer the knowledge of the issues facing state government. For this reason, to clarify the issue a request for information on the questions to the Ministry of Defence (BMVg). The parliamentary and Cabinet Department of the BMVg stated in a letter dated 28.04.2006 the questions answered as follows:
The Ministry of Defence (BMVg) has no knowledge of the reported phenomena. The BMVg are from the first phenomenon in question in July 2005 due to the specified retention periods, and the sensors used no records available. Back to the question time in the affected area were no national air force exercises, tactical checks or similar aviation activities. According to a study of radar records of the Air Force, we found that at the end of March 2006, in the night of 22 On 23.03.2006 about 1 hour before the occurrence of the phenomenon in Dutch airspace an aerial combat exercise took place. The records show that very small amounts of chaff were issued, but which demonstrably after about 1 hour and 10 minutes had disbanded.
The possibility of causing such a phenomenon in the magnitude described by active electromagnetic radiation can, because of the physical connections, in principle be excluded. Only the spreading very specific Chaff in significant quantity (in the range of several tons) could generate such a phenomenon. The self-protection equipment of aircraft of the German Armed Forces and allied forces in the context of air combat exercises but only a fraction of that amount expelled. The Air Force has no electronic interference or Täuschverfahren, a phenomenon of this dimension at the same time closely limited impact on a specific sensor could cause. Based on the present information systems come flying the Bundeswehr as a possible cause of clouds phenomena in question.
The Bundeswehr is not conducting experiments, such a phenomenon could cause.
The Bundeswehr is not conducting military trials with the goal of terrorism or the influence of weather.
At 5 to 7:
See answer to 3 and 4
Here’s a story on the subject in Spiegel Online:
- A meteorologist sees cloud images on radar that he thinks are not actual clouds, he estimates they are 350 km long.
- He asks the government (via his local Green Party member) if they made these clouds with chaff.
- The government denies this, but says maybe the Dutch, but probably not for clouds that big.
It’s a bit of a stretch from this to “German government admits to clandestine chemtrail activity”.
(Note: if any German speakers would like to supply additional information here, I’d be very grateful – particularly with any follow-up story that might have been done).