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Politicians exempt themselves from new wide-ranging spying laws
United Kingdom Created: 2 Dec 2016
Politicians have exempted themselves from Britain's new wide-ranging spying laws.

The Investigatory Powers Act, which has just passed into law, brings some of the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to spies in a democratic state. But protections against those spying powers have been given to MPs.

Most of the strongest powers in the new law require that those using them must be given a warrant. That applies to people wanting to see someone's full internet browsing history, for instance, which is one of the things that will be collected under the new law.

For most people, that warrant can be issued by a secretary of state. Applications are sent to senior ministers who can then approve either a targeted interception warrant or a targeted examination warrant, depending on what information the agency applying for the warrant – which could be anyone from a huge range of organisations – wants to see.

But for members of parliament and other politicians, extra rules have been introduced. Those warrants must also be approved by the prime minister.

That rule applies not only to members of the Westminster parliament but alos politicians in the devolved assembly and members of the European Parliament.

The protections afforded to politicians are actually less than they had hoped to be given. Earlier in the process, the only amendment that MPs had submitted was one that would allow extra safeguards for politicians – forcing any request to monitor MP's communications to go through the speaker of the House of Commons as well as the prime minister.

Whether intelligence agencies should be allowed to spy on politicians has been a contentious part of recent surveillance legislation. For many years, discussions between politicians and their constituents had been treated as off-limits – and they are still seen as "sensitive" under the new legislation – but those protections have been gradually rolled back.

Internet connection records – a history of every website that someone has visited, but not every page – will still be collected for MPs, since they will be done en masse by internet providers for all of their customers. But they won't be able to be accessed without a warrant.

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Source: The Independent, Andrew Griffin, 30 Nov 2016

Putin Warns Americans To Be Careful Of Smart Technology
Russia Created: 1 Dec 2016
Smart technology is a tool being used by the New World Order to control and manipulate the masses and we should be ‘very, very careful’ about how much power we allow smart technology to have in our lives, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The “genius” of the New World Order surveillance project lies in the fact that “consumers have been conned into paying out of their own pockets for the devices that will spy on them and their families,” Putin said, speaking to a visiting group in the Kremlin.

“The average American home is now rigged like a maximum security prison with surveillance in every room recording everything you say and do.”

Samsung has admitted that their smart TVs listen and record customers’ every word, and that they send these recordings to unnamed third-party services.

Google has also been exposed quietly recording and storing everything you say within earshot of an iDevice. They claim the ‘feature’ is a means for delivering more accurate search results and that they don’t turn over recordings to government agencies. But considering the UK government just suddenly made all citizens’ internet history available to government agencies, the future implications of Google’s enormous trove of recorded conversations is chilling.

Televisions and refrigerators are the most common household appliances to have incorporated internet enabled smart technology. Cars are now computers with four wheels and an engine. Fridges are computers that keep food chilled. Your cellphone is a computer that can make calls. All of these computers can be used to spy on unsuspecting citizens.

And there are plenty more innocent-seeming household appliances gaining popularity and they can all be used to spy on you – the dishwasher, toaster, and coffee maker in your kitchen, the clothes dryer in your laundry, the clock radio in your bedroom, your thermostat, garage door opener, security alarms, and door locks. The list continues to grow.

Putin, who has a habit of meeting and greeting foreign tour groups in the Kremlin when his busy schedule allows, met the mostly North American group and spent around 15 minutes mingling and discussing everything from the winter weather to the growing threat of smart technology in our everyday lives.

Caroline DuBois of Raleigh, North Carolina, said Putin was warm and friendly and spoke much better English than he gets credit for. ‘I asked him for one piece of advice to take home with me. He said to be very, very careful of smart technology. Do not trust it. The truth is starting to emerge.’

You may not have many of the internet-connected household items in your home, but they are without doubt increasing in popularity and are being pushed on vulnerable, unthinking consumers as must-have status symbols and ‘helpmates’ around the house.

But who are these ’helpmates’ actually serving, you or the New World Order?
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Source: InvestmentWatch blog, 27 Nov 2016

Press release: Embargoed until November 28, 2016: The Missing Link
Canada Created: 29 Nov 2016
Why your government isn’t protecting you from Wi–Fi and cell phone radiation when research shows this radiation causes cancer.

The American scientific journal Environmental Pollution reports, in its next issue, that government safety guidelines for microwave radiation emitted by mobile phones, Wi-Fi, smart meters, and other common wireless devices, are fundamentally flawed and fail to protect the public from this possible carcinogen.

Increasing scientific evidence shows wireless radiation causes cancer and infertility and other health effects, but due to a flawed assumption in safety guidelines, governments in the United States, Canada, and the UK are allowing their citizens to be overexposed to microwave radiation from wireless technology.

Why?

Because governments relied on the wrong model when declaring these devices to be safe. Ionizing radiation such as x-rays and gamma rays are known to cause cancer by detaching the negative ion – the electron – at the heart of human cell structure. Non-ionizing radiation, such as microwaves, do not detach electrons. Therefore when determining whether microwave-emitting devices were safe to be sold to the public, governments formulated their consumer safety guidelines with the understanding that microwave radiation does not directly or
immediately discharge electrons. Despite the growing number of scientific studies documenting that microwave radiation causes cancer, governments have refused to update their guidelines. One critical aspect of non-ionizing radiation has been overlooked.

Ionizing radiation increases free radicals in the body directly. Non-ionizing radiation increases free radicals in the body indirectly, by interfering with repair mechanisms that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are carcinogenic. Therefore by interfering with the body’s ability to repair free radical damage, microwave radiation is also carcinogenic.

Microwave radiation was used in the 1940s for military radar, and was widely adopted for civilian residential use in the 1970s to cook food. Microwave ovens are shielded because microwaves are known to cause heating. At that time, it was assumed that the only danger from microwave exposure was tissue heating, known as the “thermal effect”. This led to thermal guidelines for microwave radiation.
This paper shines a spotlight on the misguided genesis of government regulations that are based on the thermal effect and documents free-radical damage induced by non-ionizing radiation.

As usage of microwave–emitting devices increases and is marketed to younger consumers without caution, we can expect a societal increase of certain types of cancers including glioblastoma as well as infertility and other health effects associated with free-radical damage. Indeed this is already happening.

Publication:
Havas, M. 2016. When theory and observation collide: Can non-ionizing radiation cause
cancer? Environmental Pollution, 219: 000-000. Online release November 28, 2016.
Contact information for the author:
Dr. Magda Havas, BSc. PhD.
Trent School of the Environment, Trent University,
Peterborough, ON, Canada, K9J 0G2,
email: mhavas {-at-} trentu.ca
phone: 1 705 748-1011 ext 7882
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Source: Magda Havas, 28 Nov 2016

Has the WHO EMF Project been hijacked by ICNIRP?
Sweden Created: 29 Nov 2016
Recently the following appeal has been posted at http://olgasheean.com/who-emf/:
“Make your voice count
Sign this VOTE of NO CONFIDENCE in WHO’s EMF Project.

We, the undersigned, being aware of and/or harmed by the adverse biological effects of EMFs, hereby declare our VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE for WHO and its EMF Project, headed by industry-biased Emilie van Deventer—an electrical engineer (with no medical or health credentials), who has publicized her support for the wireless telecommunications industry and has a major conflict of interest, given her industry-funded research aimed at promoting and advancing wireless communication technology.

We demand that:

1. Emilie van Deventer be immediately replaced by a qualified independent professional who has the appropriate medical credentials and a medically informed understanding of and respect for the millions of individuals experiencing microwave sickness/electromagnetic sensitivity, and who will act on the body of science that confirms the adverse biological effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

2. WHO and its EMF Project take immediate action to acknowledge, and make science-based decisions regarding, the proven harm caused by EMFs, without any bias or regard for commercial or industry interests, and with full disclosure to the public. With a mandate of preserving the health of the global population and, via its EMF Project, of ‘investigating the detrimental health effects from exposure of people to non-ionizing radiation’, WHO must ensure its complete freedom from industry bias and corruption.”

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Source: Lennart Hardell, 28 Nov 2016

'Snoopers' charter' petition hits signatures target
United Kingdom Created: 29 Nov 2016
A petition asking the UK government to repeal its new Investigatory Powers Act now has more than 118,000 signatures - This means that it must now be considered for parliamentary debate.

Internet providers will soon have to record which services their customers' devices connect to - including websites and messaging apps.

They must keep this information for one year and share it with various departments and organisations on demand.

The government says it will help in the fight against terrorism.

Its critics have named it the "snoopers' charter", and it is described in the petition as "an absolute disgrace to both privacy and freedom".

The act was first proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May when she was Home Secretary and was approved by the House of Lords on 19 November.

It is expected to become law by the end of 2016.

Blogger Chris Yiu compiled a list of the 48 organisations and departments that will be able to access the browsing records of individuals without a warrant.

They include various police, military, government and NHS departments as well as the Food Standards Agency, the Gambling Commission, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Health and Safety Executive.

The required data covers only the domain name of each site visited - www.facebook.com or www.bbc.com, for example - not the individual pages within them.

"So long right to privacy, hello 1984," wrote Mr Yiu.

'Mistakes will happen'

The chairman of the Internet Service Providers' Association (Ispa), told the BBC last week that he was concerned such a database would eventually be hacked.

"You can try every conceivable thing in the entire world to [protect it], but somebody will still outsmart you," he said.

"Mistakes will happen. It's a question of when. Hopefully it's in tens or maybe a hundred years. But it might be next week."

The government's Joint Committee on Human Rights said in June that the data gathering was "capable of being justified".

"The bill provides a clear and transparent basis for powers already in use by the security and intelligence services, but there need to be further safeguards," said Harriet Harman, chairing the committee.

Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group, wrote in a blog post for the Huffington Post that "not all of the bill is completely bad" but that the issue of data retention and security needed addressing.

He described the creation of a database of internet connection records that was searchable by the authorities as "incredibly intrusive".

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Nov 2016, United Kingdom: 'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper. Seems this is why they sucker up to the Mobile Industry!
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Source: BBC News, Zoe Kleinman, 28 Nov 2016

European Ombudsman on the EESC / Richard Adams conflict of interest scandal
Belgium Created: 24 Nov 2016
Recommendation of the European Ombudsman concerning the alleged failure by the European Economic and Social Committee to ensure that a member declared all relevant interests (inquiry into complaints 500/2015/ PHP, 561/2015/ PHP, 570/2015/ PHP, 577/2015/ PHP, 619/2015/ PHP, 635/2015/ PHP and 650/2015/ PHP).

*SNIP* view the case files via the source link below...
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Source: European Ombudsman, 24 Nov 2016

Cell Phone Exposure To Radiation…What Do You Know About It?
USA Created: 24 Nov 2016
Technology is here to stay and the use of cell phones from elementary schools to adults in our society can be found everywhere. There is no doubt that cell phones have become a necessity for many individuals throughout the world. The ability to keep in touch with family, business associates and access to email are only a few of the reasons for the increasing importance of cell phones. The reality is most people have phones in their pockets, purses and with kids in their hoodies.

However, many cell phones users are not aware that the cell phones emit microwave or radio frequency radiation (RFR). Recent scientific studies have shown that this type of radiation, previously thought to be safe, has measureable and potentially harmful biological effects on people. According to health officials, the unborn and young children are among the most vulnerable to this type of radiation. Groups such as the American Academy of Environment Medicine, Grassroots Environmental Education, medical doctors, World Health Organization (WHO), Massachusetts of Environmental Health, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, American Academy of Pediatrics and many other groups urge caution.

Many countries throughout the world, other states in our nation, teachers unions, and members of health and science groups have called for more disclosure and restrictions. “While the debate discusses the dangers of WiFi, cell phone towers and cell phones, it is the doctors who must deal with the after effects. Until we can determine why some get sick and others do not, and some are debilitated for indeterminate amounts of time, we implore you to not take the risk, with the health of many children who have entrusted you to keep them safe while at school.”…American Academy of Environmental Medicine in an open letter to School Superintendents in the United States.

If one reads what the manufacturers of the cell phone state about reducing RF energy you can learn a lot. As an Apple iphone 6 owner the company suggest… "To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands free option, such as the built in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry phone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as tested levels.

Cases with metal parts may change the RF performance of the device, including its compliance with RF exposure guidelines in a manner that has not been tested or certified." For more information click here.

I would certainly encourage our readers to find out about their cell phones. In addition, it’s important that given the scientific consensus on the potential of health risks from a variety of scientists that one should try to minimize RF exposure from cell phones and non-cell phone sources. Here is a list of recommendations from a number of individuals knowledgeable in the field:

- Use a wired landline instead of a cell phone for everyday calls.
- Keep cell phones and other sources at a distance. Whenever possible, use the speaker-phone mode or a plug in headset rather than holding the phone to your ear.
- If using wireless devices like computers, laptops, tablets and printers, place the wireless router away from where children and adults usually spend time.
- Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body at all times. Do not keep it near your body at night such as under the pillow or on a bedside table, particularly if pregnant. You can also put it on “flight” or “off-line” mode, which stops electromagnetic emissions. - On the phone it’s called “airplane mode” and accessed from the primary “settings” icon that looks like gears. Putting it in airplane mode will stop RF (radio frequency) transmission, but there are still lower frequency magnetic fields emitted from the phone while it is on.
- Text when possible for texting emits less radiation than voice calls. Hold your cell phone away from your body when you press send.
- Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train.
- Limit children’s use of a cell phone. The developing organs of a fetus or child are the most likely to be sensitive to any possible effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. Children’s skulls are less dense and their brains are smaller resulting in higher penetration rates to a larger portion of the brain.
- In schools, WiFi routers should be turned off when not in use.
- Limit children’s use of cell phones and if your child uses the phone to play games, switch on airplane mode. A phone in airplane mode will stop RF (radio frequency) transmission but still have some magnetic field exposure.

This is all new to me and my position as a School Committee member is to do all that I can to let parents know this information as described by the World Health Organization. I urge you to do the research and find out more about radio frequency use in cell phones and other technological devices. Parents, its fine for our children to be tech experts, but you need to take the reins of being health and safety experts in your children’s lives. Start doing the research today!
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Source: GoLocalWorcester, John Monfredo, 20 Nov 2016

Wi-Fi and Smart Phone connected crib for newborn babies !!
USA Created: 22 Nov 2016
Yves Behar's robotic Snoo crib rocks babies to sleep
Exhausted parents can stay in bed while this bassinet designed by Yves Behar rocks their babies back to sleep with a "womb-like motion" whenever it hears them cry.
Described by its makers as the world's first smart sleeper, the Snoo crib has microphones, speakers and sensors embedded into its structure.
When it detects noise and agitated movement, the bed's gentle rocking movement speeds up until its occupant drifts off back to sleep – meaning parents don't have to rise.

"Snoo is often able to calm even the worst crying jags and help babies fall asleep," said Behar, who has designed internet-connected products that range from a smart thermostat to robotic furniture that reconfigures tiny apartments.
The California-based designer brought his own experience of sleepless nights as a parent to the project.
"As a father of four children, I am intimately familiar with sleep deprivation," said Behar. "It is more than a burden – it can quickly become a health problem for both parents and the baby."
Snoo comes with an app that lets parents monitor and review their child's sleep patterns. The data is collected and sent to their smartphone or tablet using a Wi-Fi connection.

The product is the result of a five-year design process, during which Behar and his studio Fuseproject worked with Harvey Karp – who wrote a book called The Happiest Baby on the Block.
The lozenge-shaped crib has white textile mesh sides that allow air to flow through. The mattress sits within a wood surround, which in turn is supported by thin, hairpin-like legs.

The crib's height was chosen so parents or carers can see the baby from their bed.

Inside, a cotton swaddle is designed to hold the baby in a sleeping position that emulates its time in the womb. The mechanism won't work unless the swaddle is securely hooked onto the bassinet sides.

A metal Wi-Fi shield in the platform of the bed sits between the baby and the module to prevent any potential radiation exposure. The Wi-Fi can to be completely turned off at the touch of a button.

One of the team's aims was to create an item that did not look high-tech but instead appeared as a piece of furniture that parents would want to have in their home.

"It was also very important that Snoo not look like a traditional robot or piece of technology," the designer said. "Its purpose, after all, was to naturally blend into the coziness and warmth of a baby nursery."

"Robots can be seen as an engineering feat, but with Hollywood dystopian undertones," Behar continued. "They don't exactly have a 'cuddly' reputation."

"On the other hand, baby furniture is often very plasticky and cliché, made cheaply and not to last," he added.

New technologies are rapidly being introduced into products for babies and children. This year, companies launched a thermometer that measures temperature with just a swipe across the forehead and a device that combines a baby monitor, sleep trainer and night light.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper. Seems this is why they sucker up to the Mobile Industry!
United Kingdom Created: 20 Nov 2016
Investigatory Powers Act legalises range of tools for snooping and hacking by the security services

A bill giving the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world has passed into law with barely a whimper, meeting only token resistance over the past 12 months from inside parliament and barely any from outside.

The Investigatory Powers Act, passed on Thursday, legalises a whole range of tools for snooping and hacking by the security services unmatched by any other country in western Europe or even the US.

The security agencies and police began the year braced for at least some opposition, rehearsing arguments for the debate. In the end, faced with public apathy and an opposition in disarray, the government did not have to make a single substantial concession to the privacy lobby.
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US whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: “The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy. It goes further than many autocracies.”

Snowden in 2013 revealed the scale of mass surveillance – or bulk data collection as the security agencies prefer to describe it – by the US National Security Agency and the UK’s GCHQ, which work in tandem.

But, against a backdrop of fears of Islamist attacks, the privacy lobby has failed to make much headway. Even in Germany, with East Germany’s history of mass surveillance by the Stasi and where Snowden’s revelations produced the most outcry, the Bundestag recently passed legislation giving the intelligence agencies more surveillance powers.

The US passed a modest bill last year curtailing bulk phone data collection but the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election is potentially a major reverse for privacy advocates. On the campaign trail, Trump made comments that implied he would like to use the powers of the surveillance agencies against political opponents.

The Liberal Democrat peer Lord Strasburger, one of the leading voices against the investigatory powers bill, said: “We do have to worry about a UK Donald Trump. If we do end up with one, and that is not impossible, we have created the tools for repression. If Labour had backed us up, we could have made the bill better. We have ended up with a bad bill because they were all over the place.

“The real Donald Trump has access to all the data that the British spooks are gathering and we should be worried about that.”

The Investigatory Powers Act legalises powers that the security agencies and police had been using for years without making this clear to either the public or parliament. In October, the investigatory powers tribunal, the only court that hears complaints against MI6, MI5 and GCHQ, ruled that they had been unlawfully collecting massive volumes of confidential personal data without proper oversight for 17 years.

One of the negative aspects of the legislation is that it fails to provide adequate protection for journalists’ sources, which could discourage whistleblowing.

One of the few positives in the legislation is that it sets out clearly for the first time the surveillance powers available to the intelligence services and the police. It legalises hacking by the security agencies into computers and mobile phones and allows them access to masses of stored personal data, even if the person under scrutiny is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Privacy groups are challenging the surveillance powers in the European court of human rights and elsewhere.

Jim Killock, the executive director of Open Rights Group, said: “The UK now has a surveillance law that is more suited to a dictatorship than a democracy. The state has unprecedented powers to monitor and analyse UK citizens’ communications regardless of whether we are suspected of any criminal activity.”

Renate Samson, the chief executive of Big Brother Watch, said: “The passing of the investigatory powers bill has fundamentally changed the face of surveillance in this country. None of us online are now guaranteed the right to communicate privately and, most importantly, securely.”

Trump’s victory started speculation that, given his warm words for Vladimir Putin, he might do a deal with the Russian president to have Snowden sent back to the US where he faces a long jail sentence. Snowden has lived in Russia since leaking tens of thousands of documents to journalists in 2013.

But Bill Binney, a former member of the NSA who became a whistleblower, expressed scepticism: “I am not sure if the relationship a President Trump would have with President Putin would be bad for Snowden.

“In Russia, he would still be an asset that maybe Putin would use in bargaining with Trump. Otherwise, Snowden does have a large support network around the world plus in the US and Trump may not want to disturb that. Also, I think any move to get Snowden out of Russia and into US courts would also open up support for at least three other lawsuits against the US government’s unconstitutional surveillance.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/19/extreme-surveillance-becomes-uk-law-with-barely-a-whimper?CMP=share_btn_link
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Source: Niels Eiriksson/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

13 Investigates: Cellphone radiation
USA Created: 16 Nov 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — You carry your cellphone with you all the time, and it is constantly transmitting invisible electromagnetic energy.

Watch the investigative report here:
https://youtu.be/XGGNjtymZrY

Accompanying news article:
http://www.wthr.com/article/13-investigates-cellphones-and-cancer-is-the-risk-real

Excerpt:

For years, there's been debate about that radiation and whether it can cause cancer. A new study suggests there actually might be a hidden danger. 13 Investigates explains what you need to know about the science -- and the easy steps you can take right now to help reduce possible risk.

Craig and Virginia Farver’s son, Richard, died from a brain tumor at age 29.

Craig and Virginia Farver say their son Richard was perfectly healthy one moment, and the next, he was fighting for his life.

"Brain cancer is what he was diagnosed with," said Virginia, holding a graduation photo of her son. "The doctor said it was a glioblastoma."

"He said it's the most aggressive brain cancer that there is," added Craig. "That pretty much turned our lives upside down. Just devastating."

A neurosurgeon removed the brain tumor, but Richard died seven months later – just a week after his 29th birthday.

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Source: 13WTHR, Bob Segall, 14 Nov 2016

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