The webmaster over at Anomalous Contrails and Spraying recently pointed out Major Ed Dames opinion on the unusual contrails. Dames was on Art Bell's show March 12, 1999, and the following is an excerpt from that interview. (Visit Dames' own website for the full transcript, unrelated to contrails).  

And I should stress -- Dames is a highly controversial figure (many would say "dubious").  At one point, he apparently was involved in a secret U.S. military program involving psychic "remote viewing" some years ago. Plenty of people out there think he's crazy. (You can find out more about Dames by following this link.)   Me, I try to avoid unproven speculation -- but I am interested in finding out more about what he proposes. So regardless of the source, it's worth asking the question...  

(Note that further information on the technology Dames discusses below is also at the Anomalous Contrails and Spraying website).

From Art Bell's show:  

Art Bell: Okay, I don't want to overtask you, but there is one other really wild thing that is going on right now that I would love to have you take a look at.

Ed Dames: OK.

Art Bell: I don't know if you've caught any of the shows Ed but there's something going on with contrails, jet contrails.

Ed Dames: I've heard something, I heard some things about this. I don't frankly, Art. I don't think we're gonna have time to look at it, but I will give you my hunch about what that is, based upon my military experience.

Art Bell: Alright.

Ed Dames: OK.

Art Bell: Sure.

Ed Dames: These contrails are patterned, they're criss-crossed and they're "X'd" and things like that?

Art Bell: Mm hmm.

Ed Dames: I heard that they make people, later on people are becoming sick over populated areas. I don't know if that's true or psychosomatic or what. Maybe. But I do know from my experience what that might be. You're familiar with lidars, and how lidars are used to sense, for instance in weather detection every city has a lidar, right?

Art Bell: Actually I'm not. What is it?

Ed Dames: Okay, lidar is light detection and ranging, instead of using radar, light is used, a laser is beam is shined out toward the horizon or up in the air, for instance in weather use, it's a form of remote sensing.

Art Bell: Gotcha.

Ed Dames: My business is Remote Viewing, this is remote sensing. It measures the water vapor content in the air and other things too. We used it in the Department of Defense, to look for poisonous gases in the air, nerve agents, things like that...

Art Bell: Right.

Ed Dames: Or microorganisms or viruses or things that don't belong in the air. Large quantities that may tip us off to a biological attack. OK?

Art Bell: Mm hmm.

Ed Dames: But in order to use something like that, a lidar, you have to calibrate it. So for instance, if you had a battlefield laser...

Art Bell: Yes?

Ed Dames: A good thing to do would be to put a mirror on the moon, and that way you could calibrate your laser every night. I won't say anything more about that. But in the case of a lidar that's used to detect whether or not there's something in an aerosol that you may not like having, to have on your terrain...

Art Bell: Yes.

Ed Dames: You need to calibrate it. So you need to put something in the air that's a known. So many angstroms long, so many angstroms wide. And you need to put a whole lot of it in the air at a certain altitude.

Art Bell: So you're saying it might be a test?

Ed Dames: What I'm suggesting to you is that it's a calibration test for lidars on the ground and lidars in space that are looking down on Earth, so that we can have satellite detection of a strategic biological or chemical attack on one of our coastlines. That's what I'm suggesting to you and that's what I'm saying this probably is. Especially when it's patterned and especially when it occurs at set altitudes.

Art Bell: But again, so that everybody's sure, that's a guess at this point.

Ed Dames: That is my hunch.

Art Bell: That is not a remote viewing result.

Ed Dames: No, I don't, I think it's going to take us probably, oh, say five days of work just to figure out what is causing that, the patterns in the NEXRAD radar screen.

Art Bell: That one I really want to know about.

Ed Dames: Yeah. And that's five days of work and we're really busy on other things too so its gonna be a while before we could get around...

Art Bell: That's alright.