21
Aug
2004

MOBILE PHONE MASTS : Now our police are getting sick

We can't help feeling that we're building a major health problem with our networks of mobile phone masts, and we fear the problem will worsen as the G3 masts start appearing.

One example of this advanced technology is the Tetra mobile network, which is being introduced to all 53 of the UK's police forces. It is an advanced digital network that should be fully operational by next spring, at a cost of £2.9 billion to the UK government.

As usual, the network has been introduced with all the standard scientific platitudes that it is perfectly safe. But early reports back 'from the field' suggest otherwise.

Six people based at one police station in Norfolk have all reported sick with a debilitating health condition since a Tetra mast was installed just yards from them. The police staff has suffered bouts of dizziness and severe headaches, and it's been as bad for the 25 local residents who also happen to live near the mast. Repeated nose bleeds, disturbed sleep and skin problems, especially among the children, have been reported.

The police staff has been warned not to make public their health concerns. A similar ban was imposed on one policeman, Neil Dring, who died from cancer of the oesophagus, which developed after he had been using his Tetra handset.

These incidents are not isolated examples. Some reports suggest that hundreds of policemen and women have complained of deterioration in their health since Tetra was introduced in their area.

Source: Daily Telegraph, 14 August 2004


Informant: Sepp Hasslberger

The Chemical Wars

The Chemical Wars, Part 1
http://www.rachel.org/bulletin/index.cfm?issue_ID=2467

The Chemical Wars, Part 2
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/321609/

The Chemical Wars, Part 3
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/351439/

The Chemical Wars, Final Part
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/351433/

Norbert Blüm : Der Sozialstaat geht kaputt

"Der Sozialstaat geht kaputt", sagt Norbert Blüm

Hartz IV wird zum Symbol für die Fehler von Rot-Grün: unten kürzen, oben die Steuern senken. Der Protest dagegen ist mehr als richtig - und wird noch stärker. Denn die Unternehmer glauben offenbar, der Sozialstaat werde versteigert.

Quelle: taz vom 21. August 2004
nachzulesen unter
http://www.mbi-mh.de/MBI-Programm/jenseits_des_Kirchturms/Clement_Superstar_/Clement_presse0009.html#647


NEUE PANNE BEIM BUNDESPRESSEAMT

Quelle: taz vom 21. August 2004

Hartz muss man nur besser erklären, meint der Kanzler nachzulesen unter
http://www.mbi-mh.de/MBI-Programm/jenseits_des_Kirchturms/Clement_Superstar_/Clement_presse0009.html#642

Abu Ghraib and the American devolution

by Carlton Meyer

AntiWar.Com

08/21/04

When I was a kid, I liked the musical band Devo, whose name was derived from their concept that man was devolving. It was funny at the time, but 30 years later I feel compelled to write why torture is wrong, so maybe Devo was right....

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/meyer.php?articleid=3425


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The violence of conservatism

http://www.lewrockwell.com/tucker/tucker46.html

Mobilfunk "Ja", Antenne "Nein" ?

Viele Menschen wollen mit dem Handy telefonieren, möchten aber selber keine Sender in ihrer Nähe haben. Ohne Sender funktionieren jedoch die Handys nicht. Wer also den Sender vom eigenen Haus weg haben will, handelt nach dem St. Florians-Prinzip, denn dann bekommen den für das Handy zwingend notwendigen Sender eben andere. Und ist der Handynutzer unterwegs, so braucht er zusätzlich noch viele weitere Sender entlang seines Weges, mit denen auch wieder andere belastet werden.

Oft hört man von Mastengegnern das Argument, sie würden ihr Handy unbedingt brauchen. Irgendeinen “wichtigen Grund“ werden aber auch alle anderen Millionen Menschen haben und damit auch den Anspruch auf ein Handy. Also was tun?

Es ist wohl klar, dass ein Mastengegner konsequenterweise auch sein eigenes Verhalten überdenken sollte. Denn die Handynutzer sorgen selbst dafür, dass immer mehr Masten gebaut werden müssen.

Wir sehen aus diesen Ausführungen, dass es nicht möglich ist, ein Mobilfunknetz mit der zur Zeit noch erlaubten Technologie aufzubauen und gleichzeitig den Gesundheitsschutz für die Menschen zu sichern.

Bei der heute verwendeten Technologie wird bewusst eine unübersehbare Schädigung der Volksgesundheit in Kauf genommen.

Wir müssen sicherstellen, dass unsere Gesundheit wieder zum höchsten Gut wird.

http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/mobilfunksender_raus_aus_reinen_wohngebieten.rtf



Ja zum Handy – Nein zu den Sendemasten?
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/284285/

Jeder will ein Handy, keiner eine Antenne
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/318302/

Jeder hat ein Handy, keiner will Mobilfunk
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/325535/


http://omega.twoday.net/search?q=Jeder+will+ein+Handy%2C+keiner+will+eine+Antenne

911 in Plane Site

http://tinyurl.com/5v3rz

"9-11 In Plane Sight" Video Shocks Sacramento Citizens

(Download and watch the video)

August 13, 2004

From: NewsWithViews.com

A new 9-11 video was screened last night in Sacramento, California, leaving the audience stunned. '911 in Plane Site' is basically presented in two parts. The first segment is 52 minutes and designed for showing on television with the balance of a one hour time slot reserved for commercials. Part II continues with more film and analysis. This video is digitally mastered making details sharp and clear.

'911 in Plane Site' presents actual film from that fateful day and careful analysis focusing on the Pentagon and the two World Trade Center buildings. By slowing down the actual news feeds that day from networks like CNN, FOX, the BBC and others, what you see is quite different from what most people saw in "real time" that day. Live footage from the Pentagon and what was missed by most because of the smoke and confusion was captured up close by the media.

Following the showing, a retired vet remarked, "How did we miss this all this time? I've seen media clips of the front of that building [the Pentagon] many times, but I wasn't really seeing what was there. I feel sick."

One particular interview that brought gasps from the audience and many looking around with shock etched on their faces was an interview conducted - live at the time - by FOX News. This intense interview with Mark Burnback, an employee of FOX News, contains the following narrative, paraphrased: Burnback was close to the path of the second plane and had a good long look at what he describes was not a commercial airliner. The plane that hit the second tower had no windows, Burnback was very clear about that. The plane had some kind of blue logo on the front near the nose and looked like a cargo plane. This point was driven to the viewer several times along with the comment from this FOX employee that "this plane wasn't from around here or anything you'd see take off from the airport."

Other footage includes several women who had a very clear view watching the second plane hit were yelling, "That wasn't American Airlines....It wasn't American Airlines going into the building." These interviews were played that morning once on FOX News, never to be replayed again, despite the massive saturation and repetition by the media for many days to come.

Other extremely disturbing segments of this video are the clear, slow motion shots of the second plane going into the towers which show a flash right before the nose of the plane hits the building and a pod attached to the bottom of the plane. This strange flash is clearly recorded from four different angles from four different cameras. While there is only one known piece of film showing the first plane hitting the first tower, in slow motion one can clearly see - as with the second plane - a flash from the nose section right before impact. What caused this?

This video raises extremely disturbing questions about the planes that hit the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers, but no conclusions or accusations are made by the commentator. To date, only one piece of film has been released by DvD of the front of the Pentagon. The question raised in the video is where is all the other film footage from the Pentagon? The heart beat of America's military and security, with a building and perimeter loaded with cameras, but no film for the public to view of events as they unfolded except from one camera?

According to the producers, the purpose of '911 in Plane Site' is to demonstrate that Americans saw one thing that morning that was so shocking, so horrific and so massive, the finer details weren't really being picked up. The producer reinforces to the viewer that after one broadcast of many very controversial interviews live on the spot, these particular interviews were never broadcast again, i.e. firefighters on the spot talking about the explosions and bombs inside the towers. Since 9-11, it has been reported that "Building Seven" collapsed because of the two World Trade Center towers collapsing. However, the footage on this video tells a different story and raises more questions.

'911 in Plane Site,' distributed by Power Hour Productions (866-773-9469), leaves one with many questions as demonstrated by a very upset senior citizen who requested her last name be withheld. Mary asked, "If these weren't commercial airliners, where are those flights? Where are the passengers? My, God what really happened that day?" Indeed, this seemed to be the biggest question expressed by viewers after the lights came back on, but for which there were no answers. Some viewers were visibly upset, angry and "want damn answers" from the Bush Administration. Others just walked out the door in silence. One upset man commented on the way out of the viewing, "It's time to get this on PBS and every investigative news program on TV. We need answers."

For more information on this video or to purchase a full copy of both part I and part II on VHS or DVD (Total Length: DVD: Approx. 75 min. VHS: Approx. 65 min.), please visit http://www.policestate21.com/

Download and watch the first segment of this video on your computer.

Windows 911_In_Plane_Sight.zip
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http://www.911inplanesite.com/

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Optional: Download DivX codec for Windows or Mac at
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911 Information Suppression & Censorship

http://www.policestate21.com/bomb_threat.html

Cemtrails Mystery - What's Wrong With Our Skies ?

Chemtrails See The Movie Chemtrails Mystery Lines In The Sky by William Thomas Go To www.willthomas.net


http://www.willthomas.net/Video/1.wmv
http://www.willthomas.net/Video/2.wmv
http://www.willthomas.net/Video/3.wmv
http://www.willthomas.net/Video/4.wmv

Now We Know For Sure

http://www.warfolly.vzz.net/nowweknowforsure.html


Informant: Friends

The Surveillance-Industrial Complex

http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=16224&c=207

The Privatization of Surveillance

The U.S. security establishment is rapidly increasing its ability to monitor average Americans by hiring or compelling private-sector corporations to provide billions of customer records. The explosive growth in surveillance by government and business is creating a "Surveillance Industrial Complex" that threatens all of our privacy.

Read the report: The Surveillance-Industrial Complex

Take Action: Ask Businesses to take the "No Spy" Pledge

About the Report:

This report makes the case that, across a broad variety of areas, the same dynamic of the "privatization of surveillance" is underway. Different dimensions of this trend are examined in depth in four separate sections of the report:

* "Recruiting Individuals." Documents how individuals are being recruited to serve as "eyes and ears" for the authorities even after Congress rejected the infamous TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) program that would have recruited workers like cable repairmen to spy on their customers.

* "Recruiting Companies." Examines how companies are pressured to voluntarily provide consumer information to the government; the many ways security agencies can force companies to turn over sensitive information under federal laws such as the Patriot Act; how the government is forcing companies to participate in watchlist programs and in systems for the automatic scrutiny of individuals' financial transactions.

* "Mass Data Use, Public and Private." Focuses on the government's use of private data on a mass scale, either through data mining programs like the MATRIX state information-sharing program, or the purchase of information from private-sector data aggregators.

* "Pro-Surveillance Lobbying." Looks at the flip side of the issue: how some companies are pushing the government to adopt surveillance technologies and programs based on private-sector data.


No Spy Pledge Campaign
http://www.aclu.org/privatize/

Official monitoring of individuals in our society is on the rise, and it is not a matter of government alone. More and more information is being gathered by corporations and other private-sector institutions, and fed to or seized by security agencies.

This trend will not stop unless individuals demand changes, not only in how information is gathered and handled by the government, but also by the private sector.

On this site, the ACLU seeks to help individuals who are concerned about this trend to take action.

Take Action:
http://www.aclu.org/privatize/companylist.html


Informant: Planttrees

Former Bush Voters Advertise Their Disaffection

http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/082104L.shtml

"Above All, a Question of Justice"

http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/082104H.shtml

Bush "Reckless" on Post-9/11 Health Risks

http://www.truthout.org/environment.shtml

An Attack on Democracy

http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/082104C.shtml

Abu Ghraib Probe Points to Top Brass

http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/082104A.shtml

We Could Have Stopped Him

by Julian Borger

The Guardian

Friday 20 August 2004

The CIA has taken much of the blame for the security lapses that led to 9/11 and the false intelligence on Iraq's WMDs. But now one spy has broken ranks to point the finger at the politicians - and warn that the war on terror could plunge the US into even greater danger.

These are not happy times at the CIA. In the space of a few short months, two official reports have found the agency principally to blame for failing to prevent the September 11 al-Qaida attack and for claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt there is a lot of blame to go round. The twin fiascos rank as the worst intelligence failures since the second world war. But the two reports, by the September 11 Commission and the Senate Intelligence Committee respectively, were also testaments to political expedience. Both panels were made up of Republican and Democratic loyalists who reached a political compromise by going relatively easy on both Clinton and Bush administrations, and focused on institutional culprits. The CIA, without a defender after the resignation in July of its long-serving director, George Tenet, presented the easiest target.

Yet most of the agency's rank and file believe they have done little wrong. They were the first to raise the alarm over the danger posed by Osama bin Laden, long before the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa. In 1996 they set up a unit called the Bin Laden Issue Station, codenamed "Alex", dedicated to tracking him down, only to have one operation after another aborted as too politically dangerous.

There are a lot of angry spies at Langley, and one of the angriest is Mike Scheuer, a senior intelligence officer who led the Bin Laden station for four years. While some of his colleagues have vented their frustrations through leaks, Scheuer has done what no serving American intelligence official has ever done - published a book-length attack on the establishment. His book, Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, is a fire-breathing denunciation of US counter-terrorism policy. In it, Scheuer addresses the missed opportunities of the Clinton era, but he reserves his most withering attack for the Bush administration's war in Iraq.

He describes the invasion as "an avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat but whose defeat did offer economic advantage". He even goes so far as to call on America's generals to resign rather than execute orders that "they know [...] will produce more, not less, danger to their nation". Bin Laden, he believes, is not a lonely maverick, but draws support from much of the Islamic world, which resents the US not for what it is, but for what it does - supporting Israel almost uncritically, propping up corrupt regimes in the Arab world, garrisoning troops on the Saudi peninsula near Islam's most holy sites to safeguard access to cheap oil.

"America ought to do what's in America's interests, and those interests are not served by being dependent on oil in the Middle East and by giving an open hand to the Israelis," Scheuer argues. "If we're less open-handed to Israel over time we can cut down Bin Laden's ability to grow. Right now he has unlimited potential for growing." What makes these comments the more challenging to the Bush administration is that they come from a self-described conservative and instinctive Republican voter.

It seems extraordinary that Scheuer's bosses allowed him to publish his book at all. They had already permitted him one book, Through Our Enemies' Eyes, written anonymously, but that was a more analytical work on Bin Laden and al-Qaida. Imperial Hubris is altogether different: a bitter polemic against orthodoxy and the powers that be.

Scheuer was given the green light only on condition that he stuck to a set of ground rules: he would continue to write as Anonymous, he would not reveal his job or employer, and he would refer only to information that is already "open source" - ie in the public domain. Inevitably, however, given the controversy surrounding the book, his identity has been leaked (first by a liberal weekly, the Boston Phoenix, then this week by the New York Times). Even now, he sticks closely to his employers' guidelines, refusing formally to confirm his identity, while describing his employers vaguely as "the intelligence community". (It is for this reason that he is not permitted by the CIA to be photographed except in silhouette.) Having initially been allowed to give media interviews to promote his book, Scheuer was told earlier this month that he has to ask permission for every interview and to submit an outline of what he is going to say. So far, no interviews have been granted under the new guidelines.

His interview with the Guardian is one of Scheuer's last before being gagged. Burly, bearded and in jeans and a loose shirt, his forceful vocabulary is a far cry from the cautious obfuscation that is the native tongue in Washington. Not that he minds rocking the boat a little. "If getting in somebody's face [helps] prevent the death of 3,000 Americans in New York or the sinking of the Cole in Yemen, or two embassies in East Africa, then I'm in your face," he says.

His bosses at the CIA have not confronted him over the book, other than to tell him what he can or cannot do with the press. "I don't think they get it yet. I still think there's a large group in the American intelligence community who talk about the next big attack but really believe 9/11 was a one-off," he says. "I think they believe their own rhetoric that they've killed two-thirds of the al-Qaida leadership, when they killed two-thirds of what they knew of."

Scheuer says that nearly three years after the September 11 attacks the US intelligence team dedicated to tracking down Bin Laden is still less than 30 strong - the size it was when he left in 1999. The CIA claims that the Bin Laden team is hundreds strong, but Scheuer is insistent that the apparent expansion is skin-deep. "The numbers are big, but it's a shell game. It's people they move in for four or five months at a time and then bring in a new bunch. But the hard core of expertise, of experience, of savvy really hasn't expanded at all since 9/11."

The morass in Iraq, meanwhile, is a "big factor in not allowing us to develop much expertise" on Bin Laden. "I think [director of central intelligence George Tenet] said we had enough people to do two wars at once, and clearly that was a fantasy."

The conclusion of the September 11 Commission - that the al-Qaida plot might have been broken up if the intelligence agencies had cooperated better and shared more information - was accompanied by recommendations for the creation of a national counter-terrorist centre and a national director of intelligence to coordinate the CIA, FBI and other agencies. Scheuer believes this is a classic bureaucratic fix. "I've never known a dysfunctional bureaucracy made better by being made bigger." His answer to the al-Qaida threat, unsurprisingly, is to give his old unit at the CIA, the Bin Laden station, more resources and more firepower.

It is a solution forged by the accumulated bitterness of missed opportunities. In one year under his watch, from May 1998 to May 1999, Scheuer reckons the US had up to a dozen serious chances to kill or capture Bin Laden. Only one was taken - a missile attack on an Afghan training camp in August 1998 - but either the al-Qaida leader was not there, or he had left before the missiles landed.

Months earlier, however, Scheuer believes there was a far better opportunity to grab Bin Laden. The CIA had made a deal with a group of Afghan tribesmen to raid Bin Laden's headquarters near Kandahar and then take him to a desert landing strip, where a US plane would take him either to America or another country for trial. The plan, rehearsed several times over many months, was in Scheuer's view "almost a perfect operation in the sense that there was no US hand visible". But on May 29 1998, according to the narrative in the September 11 Commission's report, Scheuer was informed that the operation had been cancelled because of the risk of civilian casualties.

The pattern was repeated on December 20 the same year, when Scheuer's agents were virtually certain that Bin Laden would be staying the night at a guest house in the Kandahar governor's compound. President Clinton's principal national security advisers once more decided that the danger of collateral damage was too high. Afterwards Scheuer wrote to the top CIA agent in the region, Gary Schroen, saying that he had been unable to sleep after this decision. "I'm sure we'll regret not acting last night," he predicted. Yet another opportunity, in Afghanistan, was missed in 1999.

Other intelligence veterans are more sympathetic to the policymakers' dilemma, pointing out that if the US had shot and missed Bin Laden, while killing others, the country would have been condemned around the world, potentially winning more recruits for al-Qaida. "Mike's is the viewpoint of the soldier versus the viewpoint of a general," argues Vincent Cannistraro, a former chief of operations at the CIA's Counter-Terrorist Centre. "There are political judgments made at a higher pay grade. I've been at both sides of that equation and they are difficult judgments to make."

Scheuer counters that the policymakers are just not asking the right questions. "The question is always what happens if we do this and we fail. The question is never what happens to Americans if we don't try this," he says. "When I took my oath of office, it was to preserve and protect and defend the constitution of the US. It wasn't 'to preserve and protect and defend as long as you don't kill an Arab prince, as long as you don't offend the Europeans, as long as you don't hit a mosque with shrapnel'." Scheuer's constant complaints eventually got him removed from his position at the head of the Bin Laden unit and shifted to a more nebulous training role.

To his detractors in the administration, Scheuer is no more than a rogue spy whose career did not turn out the way he had hoped. Certainly he is bitter at being "sidetracked for the past five years without any sort of explanation from my employers", but he insists that the issues he raises are far more important than his career. He says his recent adoption of a child deepened his anxiety about the future of the next American generation if the country sticks to its present course.

But even if the US scores some significant victories against al-Qaida, Scheuer believes the conflict with Islamic extremism will continue to spiral without a fundamental rethink of US priorities in Iraq and a relationship with Israel that "drains resources, earns Muslim hatred and serves no vital US national interest". It is a depressingly pessimistic assessment. Ultimately, "we only have the choice between war and endless war".


From ECOTERRA Intl.

The Collapse of the US Empire and How to Survive

November/December 2004

Next issue: due date October 10

The Collapse of the US Empire and How to Survive and Thrive.

Imagine what would happen if this bubble/terrarium called the US economy begins to burst at the edges... not necessarily in a doomesday scenario but in more practical methods. What would we do? A crash course in sustainable living might be on par. Learnig how our local FEMA would respond. Learning what our city officials are prepared for, i.e., banks closing, supermarket shelves are empty, etc.

It may even feel like the Y2K days. That time could have been a time to learn to prepare but overall it did nothing. And as Matthew Simmons, a major consultant for energy corporations via the World Bank and the IMF said in the film “The End of Suburbia,” the black out of Toronto taught us nothing. It could have but it didn’t. Also, we will be featuring the new book by Richard Heinberg called Power Down: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. What jobs/livelihoods would we start doing? Is the local economy thriving; how would you run your computer? What can we start doing now to prepare for such an inevitability? Even if nothing happened, wouldn’t it still be cool to live friendly on the earth and learn sustainable ways that have been existent for thousands of years before the age of modernity? Must we always have a crisis before we act?

Send in your rants, essays, poems, reviews, solutions, neighborhood survival strategies, etc.
Due October 10th

bob banner
544-9663
hopedance@aol.com

Forward this to your survivalist friends in Montana!

Protect Our Nation's Roadless Wildlands

#108 WILD NORTHWEST, August 20, 2004

A Message from Northwest Ecosystem Alliance

Keeping the Northwest Wild

Protect Our Nation's Roadless Wildlands

Tell the Bush administration to reinstate the Roadless Area Conservation Rule

The Bush administration is seeking public comments on a new proposal that would abandon the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which currently protects 58.5 million acres of wild national forest land across America, and replace it with an unwieldy state petition process. The draft rule dictates state governors to submit proposals that either continue roadless area protections, or allow roadless lands to be opened to logging and other development. The federal government would then consider each state petition and decide whether to protect or log in roadless areas.

This is an unnecessary and cumbersome change that will move the country backwards and promote development in the nation's last wild areas.

Comments are due on September 14, 2004. Use our quick email action system to request, once again, that the Forest Service keep the Roadless Area Conservation Rule intact to protect the wild forests of Washington and Oregon, and across America. Go to:

http://www.ecosystem.org/action/index.html?MessageTemplateID=2.

Or fax or mail your comments to:
Content Analysis Team
Attn: Roadless State Petitions
USDA Forest Service
P.O. Box 221090
Salt Lake City, UT 84122
Fax: (801) 517-1014
Email: statepetitionroadless@fs.fed.us

Party for forests: Throw a house party
Make your letter earn compound interest: Throw a house party to generate letters with friends and family; it's easy and powerful. This is what democracy looks like! Contact Hudson Dodd today, or for online help visit http://www.ecosystem.org/OG/og_houseparty.html.

For background, go to http://www.ourforests.org/press/pr04-07-12.html
The proposed rule is available at

http://www.roadless.fs.fed.us/documents/id_07/2004_07_12_state_petition_proposed_rule.html.

Thank you for persevering, and speaking out for our wild national forests!

"The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it willavail us little to solve all others." --President Theodore Roosevelt, October 4, 1907

"We must fulfill our promise to the next generation...and leave behind a worldas blessed and beautiful as the one our parents left us."--President George W. Bush, May 20, 2003

Erin Moore
Communications Coordinator
Northwest Ecosystem Alliance
1208 Bay St., Ste. 201
Bellingham, WA 98225
360.671.9950 ext. 24

Keep the Northwest wild. For further information, please visit http://www.ecosystem.org

Thank government for the mess we're in

by Sheldon Richman

Future of Freedom Foundation

08/23/04

The first presidential election in the post–9/11 era has people thinking hitherto unthinkable thoughts: Should the election be postponed if a terrorist attack occurs before election day? What if there is an attack on election day? What happens if an attack takes the lives of the winner of the election and his running mate before inauguration day? It has even been asked if these matters should be discussed publicly...

http://www.fff.org/comment/com0408i.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Warlords of America

http://www.lewrockwell.com/pilger/pilger14.html

TETRA: A Critical Overview into the death of Officer Neil Dring

Important report on the UK Tetra health issue

I'm not sure to what extent the Tetra microwave communication system is being introduced into Australia but the following report certainly is cause for concern.

Don Maisch


TETRA: A Critical Overview into the death of Officer Neil Dring

B. Trower

9th August 2004

My History

In the 1960's I trained at the Government Microwave Warfare Establishment. I worked with the Underwater Bomb disposal unit which used microwaves within its unit.

In the 1970's one of my tasks over an eleven year period was to de-brief spies involved in microwave warfare. The location and process that I used I cannot go into as it is still considered secret. I have two Degrees, and a Diploma and in my retirement I now teach Advanced Level Physics, some Mathematics and some Human Physiology at South Dartmoor College.

In September 2001 I was commissioned by the Police Federation to write "The Tetra Report". The Tetra Report was written using Police equipment, Police Secretarial staff in a secure location over a week.

Omega see "The Tetra Report" under :
http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/report_on_tetra.doc

Saturday 14th August, an article appeared in the Telegraph where a Chief Inspector, Officers, Civilian Workers and 25 Residents complained of ill health from a Tetra Transmitter. Chris Warren of the Norfolk Police Federation is quoted as saying

"There is no scientific evidence that Tetra is injurious to Officer's health".

O2 Airwaves said " All the medical evidence would suggest the symptoms reported are not connected with the use of radio technology".

The symptoms reported were: Dizziness, headaches, nosebleeds, disturbed sleep and skin problems.

In this report I wish to show that these comments are both incorrect and ignorant of pier reviewed published research.

Firstly, let us look at what is sometimes called 'anecdotal evidence' ie: sensible rational people complaining of ill health from the Tetra System but the evidence not subject to scientific scrutiny.

80+ residents in Dersley with all of the symptoms listed above:

Approximately 11 Leukaemia's, 3 Motor Neurone diseases and other illnesses in Fife.

Importantly, in the above locations the residents had no knowledge of the Tetra masts. Hence, illnesses could not be psychosomatic. An accusation often used by the Government for its scientists.

Further cases of Tetra illnesses:

Bognor: Headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, disorientation, confusion, dizziness, skin problems.

Littlehampton, Worthing and so on: With all of the above.

Crime Scene Investigators claimed headaches, toothache, neuralgia, high blood pressure and a cancerous tumour in the throat.

There is a dispute here with their senior authorities who say "their problems are not on health grounds"...the metallic powders they use "are a hazard".

Not in dispute is Professor Szmigielski's study where he spent many years researching Military Personnel using pulse modulated microwave radiation up to and beyond the Tetra range. He compared these results with Personnel who were not exposed. His conclusion (in
part) was:

a double incidence of all neoplasms (tumours) with a three fold increase of cancers of the alimentary tract (inc. Oesophagus and stomach) and a six fold increase of malignancies of the haemopietic (blood/cells/circulation.

I would like the reader to keep in mind the "threefold increase of cancers".

Also, the death of Officer Dring was cancer of the Oesophagus, as mentioned above.

In the Telegraph the Airwave person refers to Tetra as a Radio System, this is incorrect.

In 1998 the International Commission designated all systems above 300 MHZ as microwaves. Tetra, without argument is a Microwave Communication System, not a Radio Wave System.

Microwaves behave very differently in our water-based bodies that radio waves, this is why the International Commission made this distinction.

Microwave transmitters, similar to the one being complained of in Norfolk, by the Chief Inspector have been the subject of controversy for a long time. In one unscientific study around just 19 transmitters, there were 92 cancers reported which included breast, thyroid, bowel and Leukaemia's, as well as all of the illnesses listed by the Chief Inspector for Norfolk.

A similar study of 138 schools found miscarriages, brain cancers, breast cancers and teachers reporting ill. As many as 8 cancers were confirmed in one small community. Again, these claims are dismissed as anecdotal by the communications industry, the Government and its Scientists. However, scientific studies have been completed. One such study, pier reviewed and published in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Medicine, Volume 21, April 2002, concludes, when referring to modern western microwave transmitters..."breast, bladder, prostate, lung, colon and cuteaneous melanoma cancers are all associated with each other relate to radio frequency, electro-magnetic fields".

What they are suggesting here is that one cancer may lead to all of the other cancers once it is established. The same research also studied two countries, Sweden and Estonia before and after microwave transmitters were installed. Their conclusion was that there was an increase in the cancer mortality rate once the Western transmitters were allowed and introduced all over the country.

Further scientific research by Dr. J. Walker has found that where the main part of the beam falls on residential areas, this is the area of highest incidence of cancer. From Dr. Walker's research, it is even possible to predict the most likely houses to develop cancers once the beam of the mast is established.

In his study on the health of people living in the vicinity of microwave transmitters, Professor Santini of the National Institute of Sciences concludes that these transmitters must not be sited closer than 300 metres to populations. I mention this because the Police Tetra system is usually placed on top of Police Stations where officers are exposed continuously, as are the surrounding Police houses where Officers may live with their families and local residents.

Professor Santini found from a survey of 270 men and 260 women that up to 300 metres from the transmitter there were complaints of nausea, loss of appetite, visual and motor problems. Up to 100 metres he received complaints of irritability, depression, concentration, memory, dizziness and libido problems. As well as these, headaches, sleep problems and skin problems were complained of. I refer the reader back to the complaints reported by the Chief Inspector in Norfolk.

SAFETY LEVELS

Conscious of the reported illnesses, 19 of the world's top scientists met at Salzburg in the year 2000 and set a maximum level of microwaves entering the body at 0.1 units. Some other countries allow slightly more in the way of units, such as the Toronto Health Board, which allows 6 units, Russia, Italy and China 10 units. The International Commission for Tetra allow 208 units and our own NRPB allow 2,640 units. To put this into perspective, if you were to go to a chemist and the chemist said to you, you may take 1/10th of one pill, or 208 pills or 2,640 pills, clearly somebody has to be wrong. We allow the highest level of microwave radiation into our bodies in the world.

Our Government scientists always quote the International Commission's level when challenged on doses of radiation. However, a High Court ruling:

Yasmin Skelt -v- the Secretary of State

Stated "Reliance on the International Commission Certification is not enough".

The reason for the Salzburg decision described by them was, for 'Preventive Public Health Protection".

I will argue that our safety levels are far too high and this is one of the contributing factors to the many illnesses reported by Officers carrying Tetra Sets and the populations living near Tetra transmitters.

HEAT

Why are our safety levels so high?

The answer is simple:

Our Government and its scientists only measure Thermal effects, in other words how warm you feel. The rest of the world measure how the electric and magnetic parts of the wave interacts with the physiology of the body. Our Government and its scientists refuse to acknowledge below thermal effects. Yet, published and pier reviewed research by the world's leading Professors and Universities have reported many illnesses due to long-term low level microwaves below thermal effects.

As an example, changes in the blood brain barrier, which is a very important barrier that protects the brain. Changes in nighttime melatonin, which is attributed to the breast cancers in women, among other things. Heat shock proteins, which can protect cancer cells from destruction and changes in the physiology of the cells within the body.

Following the long term low level microwaving of the American Embassy by the Soviet Union, during the Cold War, which lead to many leukaemia's and cancers, miscarriages and illnesses of the Embassy Staff, Professor John Goldsmith was called in to diagnose the problem and write a report on such. Professor Goldsmith is possibly the world's leading Professor in microwave radiation. He holds 11 Professorships, represented Europe for the World Health Organisation and is an International Consultant for Microwave Communication Systems.

Regarding heat, he says:

"To use the lack of significant heating effect as evidence of lack of risk is a Red Herring".

In other words he disagrees totally with our Government Scientists using heat as its benchmark.

Professor Goldsmith reported that Embassy Staff subjected to long term, low level microwave radiation of just 10 of our units:

Headaches, fatigue, irritability, dizziness, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, difficulty in concentration, memory loss, depression and emotional instability.

He also reported a threefold increase in cancers. I refer the reader back to the illnesses reported by the Chief Inspector of Norfolk and the populations around Tetra Masts and the threefold increase in cancers as reported in the Journal of Environmental Medicine.

In September 2002, the Catania Resolution from the University of Vienna, where again leading scientists of the world met, stated "we take exception to arguments suggesting that weak, low intensity electromagnetic fields cannot interact with tissue". They continue "there are plausible explanations for electromagnetic induced effects which occur below present International Guidelines".

Released under the Freedom of Information Act, a document published by the American Government, Number 1810S March 1976, addressed to all Government Personnel exposed to microwave communication systems below thermal effects, warns that they may experience more neurological cardio-vascular and haemodynamic disturbances than personnel unexposed. They go on to say that other symptoms to be expected and/or were being complained of, by the Personnel, were:

Headaches, fatigues, dizziness, menstrual disorders, irritability, agitation, tension, drowsiness, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, forgetfulness and lack of concentration.

This list may now start to sound familiar to the reader.

In another section of the same document the US Government also states

"if the more advanced nations of the West are strict in the enforcement of stringent exposure standards, there could be unfavourable effect on industrial output and military functions".

I will argue this is why our levels of microwave radiation are so high and why we are getting the reported illnesses were are receiving.

Professor Adey, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a distinguished visiting Professor of the Royal Society of Medicine, said quoting his own research

"Similar studies in Russia in the early 1980's showed that radio frequency and the lower microwave range effected enzyme systems that regulate growth and division of white blood cells".

White blood cells are of course and essential part of our Immune System.

PULSING

In 1997 the Health Council of the Netherlands Radio Frequency Radiation Committee said concerning the Tetra range

"The following illnesses could be expected - Hot spots inside the body; visual problems; neurotransmitter problems; reduced foetal mass and special problems with infants, the elderly, the sick, people with metallic implants and pacemakers"

They stated that if the microwaves are pulsed, as is Tetra, these effects will be found sooner.

In October 2002, 2,500 Doctors and Consultants published the Freiburger Appeal. They reported illnesses from microwave communication systems as problems with :

Concentration, behaviour, blood pressure, heart rhythm, epilepsy, brain disorders, cancerous afflictions, leukaemia, brain tumours, headaches, migranes, exhaustion, agitation, sleeplessness, tinatus, susceptibility to infection, and nervous tissue pains.

Again, they stress the problem with pulsed microwaves and they state

"One can no longer evade these pulsed microwaves. They heighten the risk of already present chemical and physical influences and stress the body's immune system."

I have many other studies from Research Institutes around the world telling exactly the same story, but I feel it is unnecessary to repeat myself over and over again in this report.

THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT

Professors Sosskind, Provsnitz, Lai, Cherry and the Russian International Medical Commission have all reported from their research that doses of microwave radiation are accumulative.

In January 2001 the French Health General Directorate warns the population of the cumulative exposure from low-level microwave radiation.

I will argue that in the case of Police Officers, once they finish duty there is not enough time for the body to re-establish itself before going back on duty. Therefore a build up of the effects from microwave radiation will occur over many shifts.

This effect in the brain is called Entrainment and the after effect is called Long Term Potentiation.

Long Term Potentiation has been recorded in some cases to last up to 6 weeks.

LEGAL

I would like to inform the reader I am not qualified or trained in law and any legal queries should be referred to a top legal expert for clarification.

One expert I would recommend would be Mr. Alan Meyer, Consultant Solicitor for Bircham Dyson Bell at 50 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H OBL. Telephone 020 7227 7000.

Omega see under http://mastaction.co.uk/Legal%20Letter%203rd%20March%202003.htm

I will add that I do not receive payment for recommending this consultant; in fact I have never taken payment from anybody for the number of years I have been doing this Research. I work entirely for free.

In May 2000, Sir William Stewart reported in his "Stewart Report" ..."To avoid frequencies above 16 waves a second (para. 5.59) Airwave operates at 17.6 waves a second. Accordingly adopting the EU/Stewart precautionary approach, Tetra Masts should be located as far away as possible from permanently occupied property such as hospitals, homes and schools".

In the Bottomley -v- the Secretary and members of Todmorden Cricket Club, the Court of Appeal on 13th November 2003, the Court spelled out the duty of care resting on the landowner/occupier of land in respect of activities which he permitted or encouraged on his land.

This may be of interest to Chief Constables who allow transmitters on their Police Stations.

Mr. Wulf Dietrich Rose, expert in mobile communications of Kitzbuehl, Austria, internationally known for his Research Works in this field, won his High Court case for the third time. He proved, through his studies and researches that mobile radiation represents serious health risks to the nearby living population, like cancer, brain tumours, genetic problems and deformity of newly borns. High Austrian Court of Justice (Federal Court) Az 6 Ob 69/01t; verdict of 26 April 2001)

On 5th January 2004 Mr. Emrys Jones, Chief Planning Officer for Birmingham City Council, wrote

"I believe there is a pressing need for urgent further research into the health aspects of telecommunication development, together with a review of the existing Guidance and Regulations on how such proposals should be considered."

In his report Sir. William Stewart stated " there is now biological evidence however, which suggests that there may be biological effects occurring at exposures well below these guidelines".

He continues

"We conclude therefore that it is not possible at present to say that exposure to RF Radiation, even at levels below national guidelines is totally without potentially adverse health effects, and that gaps in knowledge are sufficient to justify a precautionary approach".

THE ATTITUDE OF THE GOVERNMENT

In May this year an article appeared in The Times, by Michael Meacher, Minister for the Environment 1997-2003. He was very critical of the Government and how the Government obtains its scientific results. He wrote

"Universities, eye the donor as a potential of source of funds and try to ensure nothing is said which might jeopardise big new cash possibilities"

Academics who raise embarrassing questions

… Who is paying for the Lab?
… How independent is the pier review?
… Who profits from the research?
… Is the University's integrity compromised?

Soon learn that keeping their heads down is the best way not to risk their careers.

He continues, making money is good and dissent is stifled.

A similar article appeared in Scientific American, that same month by Congressman Henry A. Waxman.

MP's have four times tried to raise these issues in Parliament, without success.

On 21st May 2004 reported in Hansard, Section 1245 an MP reported ill health around microwave transmitters and requested that sensible people should not be ignored in their observations. He also reported much illness from school children.

Section 1247 reports illnesses from Tetra Transmitters. What is unclear in this section is that the same MP reports 11 children under 11 years of age with Leukaemia, it is not clear whether these are Tetra Transmitters from the wording or other microwave transmitters.

Section 1258 reports that transmitters should not be placed near schools.

Published in the Ecologist Science and Technology chapter, June 2004

"You will hear statements by supposed experts, always the same few in the pay of the telecommunications industry, to the effect that cell-phones/cell towers/microwave radiation have been proven safe in countless studies". It is an easy lie, one that the news media have been eager to propagate.

Such studies don't exist.

Quite the contrary, it has been shown that just as for X-Rays there is no safe level for exposure to microwave radiation.

On 28th January 2004 many MP's again tried to bring this problem to the House of Commons and covered 20 pages of Hansard. The reply from the Minister was

"UK and International Guidelines are based on a comprehensive assessment of current scientific knowledge".

I will argue that, that scientific knowledge is purely based on an opinion of our Government scientists and not worldwide research.

For example:

I have 17 pier reviewed and published research papers going back from the 1970's up to present day, showing that low level microwaves cause excess calcium flow in the body. Calcium flow around cells and nerve endings is essential for brain cell and physiological functions.

At all of the talks I have given when a Government spokesman has been asked about Calcium flow, they always repeat that they have been unable to replicate these experiments and therefore do not recognise them.

Some Scientists may say that this is a level of arrogance unparalleled on this planet, that the rest of the world is wrong and our Government Scientists are correct.

Similarly, Loescher found from his research that there was a two-fold increase in breast cancer from these microwaves. To date our Government has failed to reproduce his experiments, which he himself has repeated.

On 4th July 2004 Dr. Keith Baverstock who was the World Health Organisation's Senior Radiation Advisor in Europe, says that science has been perverted for political ends by Government agencies, which should be protecting Public Health.

He also accuses the NRPB of mis-using science.

The British Wireless Consultancy Service, a leading telecommunications consultancy based in the UK and operating worldwide, recommended for the Tetra System

- The UK's Fire and/or Ambulance Service should investigate the cost implications of using an alternative digital network to airwave.

On September 9th 1999 the European Commission was critical of the Home Office's Tendering procedure for Tetra. The EC ruled that the Home Office had unlawfully limited the Contract to Tenders that could supply the Tetra Standard.

With regard to Officer's Health & Safety, the NRPB document, Volume 12, Number 2, 2001, states in Section 135

"Human volunteer studies should be carried out to measure changes incognative performance arising from exposure to Tetra handsets."

They continue:

"The Tetra system is expected to be deployed widely for use by staff in Emergency Services".

This is a relatively stable workforce with defined patterns of work, it would be worth carrying out studies to examine working practices and conditions of exposure and radiation from Tetra.

Section 128 of the same report...

They do not exclude the possibility that RF Radiation from cellular phones might carry a risk of cancer that becomes manifest many years after first exposure, or that relates to intense exposure over many years.

Nor do they rule out a hazard from RF radiation, modulated specifically around 16 pulses a second.

In their 64th report, the Committee of Public Accounts on Airwave said

"It was by no means clear to us who will bear the risk if concerns about the effect on health of using the airwave system proved to be real".

At the Police Federation Tetra Conference 23rd October 2002, I asked Dr. Levy of the Home Office questions relating to the then, 212 officers who had complained of ill-health from using the Tetra System, via their Union Representatives.

In front of witnesses, she said to me

"I don't believe they are sick, they are not sick enough to stop this trial".

She continued

"They can always leave the Police Force".

Referring back to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee's 64th Report, Mr, Richard Bacon MP is asking questions from Mr. Asque of the Home Office Science and Technology Unit.

I am referring to Sections 240 of this report to 244.

How many Policemen have complained that their radios are making them ill?
A number of people have expressed concerns on the health issues..

How many?
The numbers are not fed directly to us. We get representations from the Police Federation, which we have been in contact with, answering the concerns on behalf of their members.

We have not dealt directly with Policemen.

I am looking at a letter in the Police Magazine from March 2002 from a Mr. Nigel Wood from Lancashire who writes that he knows personally of new cases of skin problems, sleeplessness, migraines, depression, difficulty in concentrating and headaches.

In the December 2001 issue there is reference to Tetra causing a variety of things including potentially heart and blood disorders, affecting the brain electro-chemistry, increasing the risk of
leukaemia and so on.

What is the current state of play on Health Research?
The current state is that we are addressing all of the recommendations, which were made in the report you referred to.

A list of recommendations was drawn up and we have research projects going on all of those recommendations, addressing them in great detail.

Do the Research Projects have people wearing these things and making them operate and then checking out whether they get migraine or depression or whether they loose concentration?

Projects are being developed which will have that sort of aspect. At the moment we do not have a user base.

We are in negotiation with one of the Police forces, which has offered to participate in a trial of that order, but it has not started yet.

That was July 2001, it is not April 2002 and you have just said that at the moment you do not have a user base. Do you not have people you can test this on?

The issue is that there is no proof that there are any of these effects.

I would like to state here that unlike a drugs trial, where the industry has to prove a drug is safe before it is released, with Tetra the onus is on the Police Officer to prove that Tetra is causing the illness.

This is an almost impossible task for the Officer and a very simple task for the industry, the Government and its Scientists to blame other things.

GENERAL RESEARCH

Lots of international research has been carried out into long term low level microwaves which has been both pier reviewed and published in reputable Scientific Journals.

One such report presented in May 2000 for the Parliament's of New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Ireland and the European Parliament in Brussels, contained 122 references. Each of these references is a pier-reviewed study in its own merit and probably represents up to 10 years of work. This particular document probably represents collectively over 1,000 years of top scientific research. The illnesses listed as being caused by long-term low-level microwave radiation are:

Heart problems, blood diseases, problems with bone marrow, tumours, DNA problems, altered calcium irons in cells, impairments to the Immune System. 46% reduction in night time melatonin (causing suppression of the Immune System) Enhanced arthritis or rheumatic diseases, skin problems, lymphatic diseases, vaginal discharge, ear problems, leukaemia, childhood cancer, sleep problems, suicidal tendencies, depression, irritability, memory loss, mental conditions, neurological illness, miscarriage, and infertility.

They recommend a maximum dose for long-term use of 0.01 of our units; this is 20,800 times less than the safety limit recommended for Tetra.

In 1979 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns staff exposed to microwaves, including the Tetra range of hazards such as:

Problems with:

Menstrual cycle, miscarriage, eyes, heart, central nervous system, reproduction and cell tissue.

They stress that a false sense of safety may exist because the effects occur inside the body and cannot be felt on the skin. They also say that non-thermal effects are much lower than normally recognised. Again I have several documents, which I will not refer to here from international committees or scientists saying exactly the same.

Interestingly, in February 2003, Professor V. H. Binhi held a conference in Russia, which was attended, by 120 of the world's leading scientists from 40 countries, concerning microwave transmitters, used on or near the body. Some of its general recommendations were:

"These should not be used by children under the age of 16, or pregnant women or persons suffering from neurological conditions including mental disorders, neurosis, sleep disorders or epilepsy".

They recommend a limit of duration of call to a maximum of three minutes, allowing a period of 15 minutes between calls.

I am concerned of the use of handsets by Officers on a 10-hour shift, especially in Emergency conditions, where the set may be on full power.

PERSONAL OPINION

I think it is highly probable from all of the information I have provided that the unfortunate death of Officer Dring was caused by over-exposure to microwave radiation.

One question may be -

Why does the Government appear to be deaf to the requests of communities all over the country, their MP's and Scientists?

One explanation, which was published in the Europe Daily Bulletin No. 8445 17th April 2003, states that the American National Security Agency is putting pressure on our Government not to stop the Tetra roll-out.

Once Tetra has been fully adopted by our Emergency Services, it has potential sales to over 30 countries around the world. This article states that the American Government have access to the chips from the Tetra system and can therefore 'eavesdrop' on all of our Police Networks and any other user of Tetra, such as MI5/MI6. If Tetra is adopted worldwide, the National Security Agency will also be able to 'eavesdrop' on any country that this system is sold to. Whilst I cannot verify the sourcing of this article, I can verify that I have been interdentally told the same story whilst at a meeting overseas.

When looking at the plethora of international information on low level pulsed microwave radiation, and the safety levels imposed around the world, except for this country, I can only describe the actions of our Government, the NRPB and this industry as Intentional Ignorance.

What I find disturbing is that no single named person seems to be taking responsibility for this system. For example:

The Government charge the NRPB to look at effects only from the thermal point of view to which the NRPB report back to the Government that the system is safe enough to go out.

Thence, each gives permission for the industry to supply the Police Force.

With this set up, it is impossible to find a named person responsible without getting caught into a Governmental loop.

I believe at this stage that named persons should declare responsibility for the Tetra system, pending any future legal cases. Whilst untrained in law, I am thinking of charges similar to Corporate Manslaughter.

I was told at a meeting by a senior person connected with Tetra - "Deny everything and prepare for Court".

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California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) TO EXAMINE EMF POLICIES AND RULES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov

PUC TO EXAMINE EMF POLICIES AND RULES

SAN FRANCISCO, August 19, 2004 - The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today said it will determine if there are improvements that should be made to the Commission's existing rules and regulations concerning electromagnetic fields (EMF) associated with electric transmission lines or other utility electric facilities.

To address the public concern regarding exposure to EMF, the Commission has required that the electric utilities develop an EMF Management Plan for each project that implements the Commission's adopted 1993 EMF policy. Generally, the Commission sanctions a "Prudent Avoidance" or "low-cost/no-cost" policy towards mitigating EMF impacts resulting from approved electric facilities. Given the public interest that has been sparked by the research findings submitted to the Commission by the California Department of Health Services (DHS) and that the Commission's interim EMF policy has not been updated in more than 10 years, the Commission said it is now appropriate to determine if it should improve its existing policy and/or improve implementation of the policy.

As part of its review, the Commission will explore:

· The results of its current "low-cost/no-cost" mitigation policy and the need for modifications;

· Improvement in the implementation of the existing "low-cost/no-cost" mitigation policy;

· New or revised Commission EMF mitigation policies as new EMF-related scientific data becomes available.

The Commission expects to conclude this review within 18-months and a Prehearing Conference will be scheduled at a later date.

For more information on the PUC, please visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov.

California Home CPUC Home Friday, August 20, 2004
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Docket #: A.02-09-043

Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov

PUC Approves PG&E Jefferson-Martin Transmission Project, Increases Electricity Reliability

SAN FRANCISCO, August 19, 2004 - The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today approved a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) electric transmission project known as Jefferson-Martin to ensure reliable supply of electricity for California and pave the way for the eventual closure of the Hunters Point Power Plant.

The Commission voted unanimously for the Proposed Decision of Administrative Law Judge Charlotte TerKeurst, which authorized PG&E to construct a new 230-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line between its Jefferson substation and its Martin substation, along with related facilities. The facilities will be constructed in the County of San Mateo and will run through Hillsborough and Colma and the Cities of Brisbane, Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco. A portion of the project will be within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) watershed near Interstate 280. A construction cost cap of $206,988,000 was authorized for the project with additions to be authorized for specific electromagnetic fields (EMF) mitigation, if necessary. The Commission expects Jefferson-Martin to be in service by mid-2006.

The Commission determined that the project is needed in order to allow PG&E to continue to reliably meet electric demand in the San Francisco Peninsula. The project has diversification, economic, and environmental benefits that warrant its construction as quickly as possible. The Jefferson-Martin project will help protect the San Francisco Peninsula from events disrupting supply at the San Mateo substation and along the San Mateo-Martin corridor.

This transmission line approval is crucial to enable the closure of the Hunters Point Power Plant. A combination of the Jefferson-Martin project and additional transmission reinforcements north of the Martin substation and south of the Jefferson station should help ensure the closure of the Hunters Point Power Plant, bringing additional economic and environmental benefits.

In response to public interest and concern regarding potential health effects from exposure to EMF that would be created by the Jefferson-Martin project, the Commission required several changes to PG&E's preliminary EMF management plan, including adopting a single 4 percent EMF mitigation benchmark for the entire project, lowering the depth of the underground lines to 11 feet deep in all residential areas and by schools, daycare centers, senior centers, parks, and similar public places. Additional unprecedented precautionary measures imposed by the Commission include arranging conductors in a triangular configuration to reduce EMF levels, as well as strategic line placement along the entire route to reduce EMF exposure.

The Commission's action today takes an important step forward to ensuring sufficient electricity for San Francisco while moving closer to closing the Hunters Point Power Plant, without compromising the health and safety of San Mateo County residents, through which the Jefferson-Martin transmission line travels.

For more information on the PUC, please visit http://www.cpuc.ca.gov


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