Harold Saive – Featured in the Lakeland Ledger, Florida, 1974 – “The Air Force dropped 47,409 canisters of rain-producing silver iodide or lead iodide over North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos…. The testimony also revealed that former defense secretary Melvin R Laird has apologized to Congress for having categorically denied two years ago that rain-making efforts have been going on, pleading ignorance of the operation. Laird said the he had ‘never approved’ it and that he had understood that it had not taken place under former President Lyndon B, Johnson. Well-in formed sources have told the New York Times that the operations at that point were tightly controlled by Henry A. Kissinger, the President’s adviser for national security”
Lead iodide – Primary hazard is threat to the environment. Immediate steps should be taken to limit spread to the environment. Used in printing and photography, to seed clouds and other uses. Early symptoms of lead intoxication via inhalation or ingestion are most commonly gastrointestinal disorders, colic, constipation, etc.; weakness, which may go on to paralysis, chiefly of the extensor muscles of the wrists and less often the ankles, is noticeable in the most serious cases.
Melvin Robert “Bom” Laird was an American politician, writer and statesman. He was a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin from 1953 to 1969 before serving as Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973 under President Richard Nixon. Laird was instrumental in forming the administration’s policy of withdrawing U.S. Wikipedia
Operation Popeye was a highly classified weather modification program in Southeast Asia during 1967–1972. The cloud seeding operation during the Vietnam War ran from March 20, 1967 until July 5, 1972 in an attempt to extend the monsoon season, specifically over areas of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Wikipedia
Rainmaking Is Used As Weapon by U.S. Government sources, both civilian and military, said during an extensive series of inter views that the Air Force cloud seeding program has been aimed most recently at hindering movement of North Vietnamese troops and equipment and suppressing enemy antiaircraft craft missile fire.