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A conspiracy theorist and libertarian radio personality has claimed that the federal government has the means to use weather phenomenons like tornadoes as weapons.
Alex Jones, author, documentary filmmaker, and overseer of the website inforwars.com, responded to a question from a caller Tuesday regarding the possible existence of "Weather Weapons."
"They spend, the Department of Energy, the last time I checked, $5 billion a year in studying weather modification," said Jones on his Austin, Texas-based radio program, The Alex Jones Show.
"Of course there is weather weapons stuff going on…I don't know if this is a weather weapon or not, but they can with the right weather conditions, they can create and steer groups of tornadoes."
Jones attributed such man-made weather changing to efforts to intentionally harm the farmlands of America so as to advance globalization.
His remarks come as Oklahoma City rebuilds after a destructive EF-5 tornado struck, killing over 24 people, including seven children.
This is not the first time Alex Jones has garnered headlines for his claims regarding conspiracy theories. According to Ben Dimiero and Oliver Willis of the leftwing fact-checking group Media Matters, Jones has spoken of other cover-ups regarding recent events.
"In April, Jones garnered attention for labeling the Boston Marathon bombings a 'false flag' event staged by the U.S. government," wrote Dimiero and Willis.
"Over the years, Jones has endorsed a wide array of paranoid conspiracies, including alleging that the U.S. government carried out or was somehow involved in the 9-11 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, and recent mass shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary school and the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado."
Despite the controversial rhetoric, Jones' program has featured several notable Republican and conservative figures, such as Senator Rand Paul, his father Congressman Ron Paul, conservative talk radio personality Michael Savage, and others.
However not all conservative commentators have found a friend in Jones. Fox News contributor and author Glenn Beck and Jones have had their very public disagreements, with Jones claiming that Beck would have been spat upon by Thomas Jefferson and Beck stating that Jones is "not a conservative."
In addition to Alex Jones making headlines over his tornado comment, Fred Phelps, Jr. of the homophobic group Westboro Baptist Church has also made the news for claiming that the tornado was caused by a local team's support for NBA star Jason Collins, who recently came out as homosexual.