The BTPA should rethink HARP Project
IN LAST WEEK TUESDAY’s DAILY NATION, one of your writers Heather-Lynn Evanson wrote that the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) is apparently considering resurrecting what remains of the HARP [High Altitude Research Project] guns at Paragon in Christ Church as a tourism-related attraction.
I would like to suggest that the BTPA and Ms Evanson conduct some research and investigation into the history of the HARP gun project and the organisation behind it – Space Research Corporation (SRC), which was headed by Dr Gerry Bull, one of the youngest professors at McGill University in the 1960s, before proceeding further with this project.
The high-minded ideals of space research touted by the SRC was only a front for developing a huge cannon for delivering deadly and accurate ordnance over distances not yet accomplished by any of the world’s military forces at that time.
So, this military technology (HARP guns), which was being developed in Barbados, was shipped to the apartheid government of South Africa and was intercepted en route to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Little wonder then that Dr Bull met his untimely death when he was whacked in a hotel room in Belgium, widely assumed to have been carried out by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.
Yep, me thinks the BTPA should take a closer look at this proposed project.