Newsletter (16 November 2003)

Mobile mast protest in second week

Protesters who spent a week blockading the site of a vandalised mobile phone mast to prevent it from being re-erected pledged to continue their action after being given false hope the mast would be resited.

Villagers said the mast would go back up where it had stood for nine years "over their dead bodies".

Residents from the protest camp had agreed to allow the owners to enter the site on Friday to remove the controversial structure.

The 22-metre mast fell down on Bonfire Night after bolts were removed from the base, in what police have described as an act of vandalism.

The agreement came after the owners, Crown Castle Communications, said they would work with the local residents of Wishaw in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, to find an alternative site.

They will have to run us over - it's going to be over our dead bodies

Protest leader Eileen O'Connor

But the relief of the residents, who blame the mast for cancer cases and other illnesses, was short-lived. Just a few hours later the company said it had changed its mind following a statement from mobile phone network T-Mobile which said it was determined to put the mast back up.

Speaking to BBC Midlands Today from the makeshift campsite on Friday, protest leader Eileen O'Connor said campaigners were in for the long haul. She said: "They are just corporate bullies. This does not surprise us.

"If they turn up we will be right in front of their vehicles. They will have to run us over.

"It's going to be over our dead bodies."

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2003/11/14 19:45:08 GMT



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Key Issues and strategies used to stop Cell Phone Tower Installations

Step (1) Education - Information meetings

The only thing that will stop corporations from installing a cell phone tower is a clear, unwavering demonstration from informed citizens that this community knows too much. If they see a knowledgeable, and determined community, able to form and hold a position, based on the truth about the devastating health effects caused by radio frequency radiation (RFR), they will go away . Cellular companies cannot defend themselves against claims that cell phones and towers cause negative health effects - because they do.

Step (2) Start a petition immediately.

"We the citizens of _ _ _ _ demand that [the company] must demonstrate proof that cell phone radiation is safe....Lack of proof of safety is the big chink in the Industry's armor. Keep repeating this point.

Like Big Tobacco, the Wireless industry studiously avoids discussion of health issues.

Step (3) Take Action NOW

(A) Identify the concern, and create a mission statement to address this concern, such as: "To halt all wireless development that will irradiate the people and all life forms of [place] until this type of radio frequency radiation - RFR - is shown to be safe."

(B) Create a Group and give it a concise and simple name such as " [place] Residents opposed to Cell phone Irradiation".

(C) Telephone the company involved immediately. Have a delegate talk to the boss, and find out when they plan to start work. Get the official word in writing. Get the facts straight. Always be diplomatic but firm. State your concerns on behalf of the citizens' group asking them not to proceed until they attend a public meeting. Reinforce the phone call with a letter with ccs to local political reps, all news outlets in your area plus any other authority. Give the company a contact number ( preferably several numbers) and sign on behalf of the group.

(D) Telephone all Government representatives and Health officials. Let them know about the company plans and your group's concerns. Follow up with correspondence, and include reference to some of the thousands of studies showing need for caution with RFR exposure. Do not get side-tracked or disheartened by their replies. All of the soothing or dismissive - vested interest - assurances from "internationally acclaimed" - highly paid - regulatory authorities regarding cell phone safety have huge gaps of credibility.

(E) Telephone the media.

Explain the group's position against forced irradiation.

(F) Create a one page leaflet, (both sides) and get it to everyone in the community. Design it so that it can be used as a press release, a letter to all government officials and cell phone companies and a poster. Keep it simple, demanding a full and open public forum stating health effects, web sites etc.

(G) Issue a press release - fast - to all of the above. Issue releases as things develop.

(H) Research the Issue. Use the internet to find out what other communities are doing. You will get various levels of support and opposition from internet searches into heath effects of electromagnetic radiation - EMR - when so much money hinges on available information. A serious research effort shows to the company involved, that you are capable of discerning and disseminating the truth about the devastating health effects caused by RFR. Often, the cellular company will give up the fight and quietly withdraw their application so that the health issues do not get too much media attention. Stay vigilant - they will return.

Step (4) Plan the public meeting. Demand that all preparations to erect any equipment be halted until a public meeting is held between residents and the cell phone company. Government guidelines for cell phone antenna installations stipulate that the company must engage in a public consultation process before any work begins. This is a chink in their armor, as is the requirement to consult also your local governing authorities; this is helpful in the event that local government might have the integrity and courage to address this difficult issue of public health protection. Contact all local politicians as well as health authorities, and demand in the name of democracy and freedom that they attend this meeting. Clearly state your health concerns and your position that this installation cannot happen without an open public process. Bring in the best independent Experts (non Industry / Government) that you can find who will support the Negative health effect case. This is a highly complex subject and requires a guiding influence from people of integrity who have done the research. The company PR people manipulate data and peoples' desires that this not be another thing to worry about - they have the upper hand, as generally people see these new wireless toys as a great convenience, and without truthful information, can be manipulated.

Step (5) After the Dust Settles

After the facts are out and the Antenna Vendor is forced to search for another location, don’t hang up your boots yet. You still need to keep in mind the location to which the vendor is headed for next. One way of quickly passing the word is, once again - the media with a Press release. The media often covers tower debates but if it did not cover your win for some reason, be sure to write a letter to the editor of several local media centres. Other people in your area may not read this warning and still be the next target for an antenna, so keep your ears open and be ready to pass on helpful information to them if they need it. Also share the news of what occured with internet news groups, so that all concerned people can see the overall picture to what is going on as far as removals and cancellations. Your news could be very helpful to someone out there in the same situation.

Informant: Robert Riedlinger


Insurance policies

Hello Don, I am wondering if any of your contacts have any information on this case in Illinois, US

I have just received this information  on a legal case in the states involving Parkinsons disease.

It was reported in the International Express Tuesday Nov. 4th that the BOC Group saw nearly 340 million wiped from its market value after a shock US legal setback potentially opened the flood gates to multi billion pound claims from thousands of Parkinson’s disease sufferers. The industrial gases giant was one of three co-defendants on the receiving end of a 1 million dollar law suit from a 65 year old man who claimed he had developed Parkinson’s disease by working around welding fumes. Sreejith Banererji, chemicals analyst with broker E trade warned.  " If this is a  precedent there are serious ramifications. There will be more interested parties coming forward and this level of damages will be  potentially not be able to be covered by insurance. There are about 80 cases outstanding involving more than 6000 claimants.

BOC which supplied heavy industry and microchip makers sad it was confident of overturning the Illinois verdict on appeal but initial shock waves from the case sent the shares lower. They claim ''no causal relationship has ever been established between exposure to  welding fumes and idiopathic Parkinson’s disease and this verdict is contrary to the scientific medical and toxicological evidence"

The insurance aspect is interesting in this case as it seems they are not fully covered. Where does this leave EMR claims??? Are the communication companies fully covered for 3rd party insurance? If not can the councils continue to permit them to erect their towers in populated areas with emissions that are not proven to be safe?

I find this case very interesting as I am told the EMR emissions from welding machines are very high and perhaps the combinations of solvents with EMR is an unhealthy cocktail. I found at my farm that the animals most affected long term from the exposure of FM/AM frequencies were those who had antibiotics. Those who had not had any antibiotics have recovered after a few years away from the farm.

Refer to our web site


The document Hidden Dangers of electromagnetic radiation... has our experiences. Penny Hargreaves

Informant: Don Maisch


Re: A complaint based on violation of Article 34 of EMRK has been filed in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

By the way,  you might like to remind the group (especially new members who might not be aware of your story) that your story is posted on Citizens Initiative Omega on 22/6/03 with heading “EHS sufferers: in own case”:

Best,  Imelda



I ran into this interesting piece of info about microwave oven's frequency - I think it's very relevant for Wi- Fi:

The same frequency of Wi- Fi - 2.45 GHz -  is the one that was chosen not accidently to the microwave ovens. Why - because in this frequency, the water absorbs electromagnetic energy in maximum speed, and that enables the food that contains water, to heat rapidly.

 How rapid does Wi- Fi heat a person who contains mostly water?

Source: Everything the doctors don't tell you

Issue Number 12, Sep- Ag. 2000

"Microwave ovens- a recipe for cancer", by Simon Best.

Informant: Iris Atzmon


Electromagnetism & Life

By Robert O. Becker and Andrew A. Marino


Feds to launch $10 million investigation of cell phones, wireless technologies,0,4595889.story

Best wishes!

Dr. Reinhard Munzert

Community of interest of the victims from electric powered weapons

phone: 00499115187681