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MICROWAVING IRAQ. Pentagon deploys array of non-lethal weapons
USA Created: 6 Jan 2006
Pentagon deploys array of non-lethal weapons

“ Pacifying” Rays Pose New Hazards To Iraqis
By William Thomas 01/24/05 ( World Exclusive )
Desperate to improve images of civilian carnage, US commanders are using portable electromagnetic-frequency weapons in Fallujah and other “hot spots” in the Sunni Triangle to pacify restive neighborhoods with invisible EM radiation. “Active Denial” antenna arrays mounted on Humvees are also being deployed to panic and disperse hostile crowds by flash-burning exposed flesh with microwaves. But unintended side effects from the hidden rooftop transmitters are reportedly triggering violent attacks by exposed insurgents—while leading to AWOL rates of up to 15% among US forces disoriented by these same weapons, as well as the electromagnetic emanations from high-power radars, radios and “jammers”.
On the rooftop of a shrapnel-pocked building in the ruins of Fallujah, a team of GI’s stealthily sets up a gray plastic dome about two-feet in diameter. Keeping well back from the sight lines of the street and nearby buildings, they plug the cable connectors on the side of the “popper” into a power unit. The grunts have no clue what the device does. They are just following orders.
“Most of the worker-bees that are placing these do not even know what is inside the ‘domes’, just that they were told where to place them by Intel weenies with usually no nametag,” reports my source, a very well informed combat veteran I will call “Hank”.
The grunts call the plastic devices “poppers” or “domes”. Once activated, each hidden transmitter emits a widening circle of invisible energy capable of passing through metal, concrete and human skulls up to half a mile away. “They are saturating the area with ULF, VLF and UHF freqs,” Hanks says, with equipment derived from US Navy undersea sonar and communications.

But its not being used to locate and talk to submarines under Baghdad.
After powering up the unit, the grunts quickly exit the area. It is their commanders’ fervent hope that any male survivors enraged by brutal American bombardments that damaged virtually every building in this once thriving “City of Mosques”, displacing a quarter-million residents while murdering thousands of children, women and elders in their homes—will lose all incentive for further resistance and revenge.
A dedicated former soldier, whose experiences during and after Desert Storm are chronicled in my book, Bringing The War Home, Hank stays in close touch with his unit serving “in theater” in Iraq. When I asked how many “poppers” are being used to irradiate Iraqi neighborhoods, he checked and got back to me. There are “at least 25 of these that have been deployed to theater, and used. Some have conked out and been removed, so I do not know how many are currently active and broadcasting.”
Hank is still losing friends in Iraq, where front-line soldiers put their current casualty figures from all causes—combat, accidents, psychological crackups and suicides—at 5,000 dead and 22,000 to 30,000 injured.
Hank blames those at the top for hospital counts of upwards of 65,000 children killed since the 2003 invasion. He is concerned that innocent Iraqi families and unsuspecting GIs alike are being used as test subjects for a new generation of “psychotronic” weapons using invisible beams across the entire electromagnetic spectrum to selectively alter moods, behavior and bodily processes.
“The ‘poppers’ are capable of using a combo of ULF, VLF, UHF and EHF wavelengths in any combination at the same time, sometimes using one as a carrier wave for the others,” Hank explains, in a process called superheterodyning. The silent frequencies daily sweeping Fallujah and other trouble spots are the same Navy “freqs that drove whales nuts and made them go astray onto beaches.”
The Gulf War veteran observes that occupied Iraq has become a “saturation environment” of electromagnetic radiation. Potentially lethal electromagnetic smog from high-power US military electronics and experimental beam weapons is placing already hard-hit local populations–-particularly children—at even higher risk of experiencing serious illness, suicidal depression, impaired cognitive ability, even death.
American troops constantly exposed “up close” to their own microwave transmitters, battlefield radars and RF weapons are also seeing their health eroded by electromagnetic sickness. It’s common, Hank recalls, for GIs to warm themselves on cold desert nights by basking in the microwaves radiating from their QUEEMS communications and RATT radar rigs.
Constant microwave emissions from ground-sweeping RATT rigs and SINGARS mobile microwave networks are much more powerful than civilian microwave cell phone nets linked in many clinical studies to maladies ranging from asthma, cataracts, headaches, memory loss, early Alzheimer’s, bad dreams and cancer.
Even more powerful US military radars, radios and “jammers” blasting from ground bases and overflying aircraft add to this electromagnetic din.
This is bad enough. But this is also Iraq, Hank says, where ever-present sand acts as miniature quartz reflectors, unpredictably amplifying the ricocheting electronic smog so thick that if it were visible, every vehicle in Baghdad and the surrounding Sunni Triangle would be driving blind with their headlights on.
This is grim news to friend and foe alike—already overloaded by constant adrenal stress, waterborne pollutants, infectious sand fleas, dehydration, pharmaceutical drugs and exposure to radioactive Uranium-238 fired in “hose ‘em down” exuberance by US ground and air cannons and cruise missiles.
As Hank puts it, DU is “the gift that keeps on giving.” For the next four billion years, medical investigators say, large populated expanses of Kosovo, Afghanistan, Puerto Rico and Iraq will remain lethally radioactive from Made In America depleted uranium dust.
What kind of people would do this?
Clinical tests have repeatedly shown how microwaves “rev up” incipient cancer cells several hundred times. Triggered by nuclear radiation, and turned rogue by electromagnetic warfare unleashed by US forces, human cancer cells have been found to continue proliferating wildly—even after the power source is turned off
While the mobile microwave weapons currently deployed in Iraq may or may not lead to lasting harm, rooftop “poppers” and “domes” left to radiate for days at a time are irradiating unsuspecting families already coping with illness, wounds, hunger and the stress of losing homes and loved ones, whose rotting corpses cannot be buried under the sights of marine snipers.
A preview of what lies in store for long-suffering families in Iraq can be gleaned from Greenham Common, where the British Army reportedly used an electromagnetic weapon against 30,000 women who had camped for nearly two decades around that UK military base to protest the deployment of nuclear-tipped US cruise missiles.
One day in the summer of 1984, more than 2,000 British troops suddenly pulled back, leaving the fence unguarded. Peace mom Kim Besley recalls that as curious women approached the gate, they “started experiencing odd health effects: swollen tongues, changed heartbeats, immobility, feelings of terror, pains in the upper body.”
Besley found her 30-year-old daughter too ill to stand. Other symptoms typical of electromagnetic exposure included skin burns, severe headaches, drowsiness, post-menopausal menstrual bleeding and menstruation at abnormal times. Besley’s daughter’s cycle changed to 14 days and took a year to return to normal.
Two late-term spontaneous miscarriages, impaired speech, and an apparent circulatory failure prompted the women to begin monitoring for a directed-energy beam, Using an EMR meter, they measured beams sweeping their camp at 100-times normal background levels.
Another harrowing example involves the sudden illness and cancer deaths of US embassy staff in Moscow after being deliberately targeted with very weak pulsed microwaves by Soviet experimenters and fascinated CIA onlookers running “Project Phoenix” in 1962.
Very Low Frequency (VLF) weapons include the dozens of “poppers” currently deployed in Iraq, which can be dialed to or “long wave” frequencies capable of traveling great distances through the ground or intervening structures. As air force Lt Col. Peter L. Hays, Director of the Institute for National Security Studies reveals, “Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects; nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential internal organ damage or death may occur.”
Hays calls VLF weapons “superior” because their directed energy beams do not lose their hurtful properties when traveling through air to tissue. A French weapon radiating at 7 hertz “made the people in range sick for hours.”
Like so many other American blunders among the ruins of Babylon, the intended microwave “pacification” of rebellious neighborhoods is having unintended effects. In actual “field-testing” in the Sunni Triangle, Hank has learned that the hidden, dome-shaped devices “are removing inhibitions”. Armed individuals, already highly motivated to kill American forces are reportedly “losing all restraint” when exposed to the electromagnetic beams.
According to Hank’s buddies in Baghdad, the frequency-shifting “poppers” “are having some remarkable effects on the locals as well as our own people.” But these effects differ. Possibly, Hank surmises, because Americans come from daily domestic and military environments saturated with electromagnetic frequencies, while many Iraqis still live without reliable electricity in places largely free from electromagnetics before the American invasion.
According to members of Hank’s former unit, constant exposure to invisible emissions from radar and radio rigs—as well as to their own microwave weapons—is backfiring. “Our people are driven nuts,” Hank says. “It makes them stupid for two or three days.”
The Desert Storm veteran compared the emotional effects of constant exposure to military microwaves to a lingering low-pressure weather system that never goes away. “You feel way down for days at a time,” he emphasizes
As a consequence, AWOL rates among “spaced out” US troops are as high as 15%, Hank reports. For many deserters, it is not cowardice or conscience that is causing them to absent themselves from duty. “They are feeling so depressed,” Hank explains. “They don’t feel good. So they leave.”
According to Hank’s front-line buddies, Iraqis exposed to secret beam weapons “get laid back, confused and mellow, and then blast out in a rage, as opposed to our folks going on what could only be called a ‘bender’, and turning into a mean drunk for a while.”
Once they wander away from direct electromagnetic-fire, startled GIs come to their senses. They return to their units, Hank explains, saying, “What was I thinking?”
The recovery rate among US troops “seems to be about a day or so, where the locals are not getting over it in less than a week or more on average,” Hank has learned.
It is Hank’s hope that his revelations will prompt public debate over the secret use of electromagnetic weapons in Iraq. But lost in the arguments over these supposedly “non-lethal” weapons is a much bigger question: What are Americans doing there?
Whether soldier or civilian at home, it is our imperative duty to stop supporting those responsible for ongoing “weapons tests” in Iraq. As electrochemical “beings of light,” the strongest electromagnetic force on Earth is human conscience, acted upon.
( Released only 6 months after World Exclusive )
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Supreme Court Clears Cell Phone Cancer Suits for Trial
USA Created: 4 Jan 2006
Supreme Court Clears Cell Phone Cancer Suits for Trial

Manufacturers lose bid to block suits alleging harmful radiation.

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to throw out a number of class-action lawsuits that challenge radiation emissions from cell phones.

With Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, the court refused to consider an appeal from cell phone manufacturers, who wanted the high court to overturn
a decision by the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond.

Class-action lawsuits currently pending in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania allege that cell phone radiation can cause brain tumors.

The suits allege the manufacturers are aware of the danger and have deliberately kept consumers in the dark.
The suits seek to force phone manufacturers to reduce the amount of radiation produced by phones, and to advise users of the alleged health hazards.

In 2004, Judge Catherine Blake dismissed five of the lawsuits. But in March the appeals court ruled 2-1 that four of the five cases must be sent back to lower courts for trial.
Motorola, Nokia, Nextel Communications, Sprint and Cingular Wireless are among defendants named in the lawsuits.
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Source: Robert Riedlinger. November 1, 2005

Class-Action Lawsuits Against Mobile Phone Industry Reignited
USA Created: 4 Jan 2006
Class-Action Lawsuits Against Mobile Phone Industry Reignited
Appeals Court Reinstates Suits Alleging Injury

An issue, with an apparently endless shelf life, concerning the health consequences of mobile phone usage has reawakened. A divided federal appeals court reinstated five lawsuits alleging that consumers have not been adequately shielded from unsafe levels of radiation. The suit, which plaintiffs have levied against the cell phone industry at large, is seeking monetary compensation claiming punitive damages.
The lawsuits were first filed in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia and Louisiana state courts. They were later consolidated and transferred to federal court in Baltimore and met with a dismissal by Judge Catherine Blake. Last March she ruled that federal standards regulating wireless phones pre-empt any state law claims. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Blake's ruling in a 2-1 decision.
The plaintiffs want to force cell phone manufacturers to provide headsets to mitigate any brain damage that, according to them, mobile phone use poses, giving rise to tumors and related conditions. The plaintiffs claim industry-wide violation of consumer protection, product liability, implied warranty, negligence, fraud and civil conspiracy.
Judge Jackson L. Kiser, who dissented, said the claims require the courts to explore the adequacy of the FCC's radiation emission standards. "It is well-settled that a suit to invalidate a federal regulation arises under federal law," Kiser wrote. "... This thinly disguised attack on the validity of the FCC standards raises a substantial federal question."
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Source: By: WBT News Desk

Your Cell Phone Is Making Me Sick
USA Created: 30 Dec 2005
Your Cell Phone Is Making Me Sick

You might be interested in posting this in your newsletter:

This is an email that I wrote and sent to everyone I know. If you believe that EMFs might possibly have something to do with your illness or that of a
loved one, then I encourage you to pass on this email to everyone you know. The only way we can stop this is by not giving "them" money to hurt us.

Dear friend,

Your cell phone (if you own one) is very likely making a lot of people sick - including yourself.

If you care about your friends, your family, yourself, and the world in which we live, please read the following and pass it on to your friends -
and hopefully to everyone you know.

Since the advent of the cell phone, I have noticed a number of people around me becoming sick. Just when cell phones were starting to be sold on
the market, I remember a student of mine's daughter dying of influenza. This was the first time I had ever heard of anyone dying of influenza.
Since that time, a friend of mine's wife committed suicide, another friend's son developed leukemia, the grandson of a colleague was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a former teacher of mine developed breast cancer, a friend of a friend developed a brain tumor, another friend and her daughter developed lymphoma and I have known a number of women having miscarriages - and in the latest case the fetus was deformed.

In April of this year, I started to exhibit the symptoms of what is called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" and which was originally called "Yuppie Flu,"
because it seemed to originally affect "Yuppies" working in Silicon Valley.
The symptoms included (1) excessive thirst,
(2) night sweats,
(3) brain fog,
(4) swollen lymph glands,
(5) fatigue
(6) insomnia,
(7) a weakened immune system,
(8) nausea,
(9) heart pain,
(10) back pain,
(11) unexplained anxiety,
(12) neurological symptoms,
(13) vision problems
(14) testicular pain, and so on.
At any rate, I later learned that many of these symptoms are identical to what the Russians coined "Radio Wave Illness" years ago
after experiments with electromagnetic radiation.
It took me about four months of being very sick - and trying all kinds of treatments - to finally figure out that it was probably the four cell phone
base stations within a quarter mile radius of my apartment that had something to do with making me sick.
I finally rented a small cabin up in the mountains and after two months most of my symptoms have "miraculously" disappeared.
Unfortunately, when I get into cell phone range, these symptoms start to come back.
( I have though been chelating metals out of my body and this has helped me "tolerate" the EMFs a little better now.)

From the research I have read on the subject, I believe

that the electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones and cell phone towers (or masts or base stations) is the main cause of all of the above
illnesses. I also believe that they are behind autism, ADD, and Alzheimer's disease - and in Japan, responsible for lower scholastic standards,
school refusal, increases in leukemia, an inability to conceive and bear children, increased violence, and increases in suicides.

We are now all being exposed to extremely high levels of electromagnetic radiation mainly from the cell phone base stations which are popping up
like mushrooms all over the world. According to the former Dr. Cherry of Lincoln University in New Zealand, these are about 10,000 times what
we would experience in nature.

These devices are dangerous and should not be on the market.

The cell phone industry - in order to make hundreds of billion dollars in profits - has ignored the research showing clearly that these devices are extremely dangerous. They are trying to spin the science.

It is difficult to fight an industry that is making 100s of billions of dollars in profits and has control of the governments and media and can spew out
its commercial propaganda. But I can do my part by sending you this grass-roots email and ask you to take action and spread the word.

The Internet is a powerful tool for freedom, democracy, and human rights and a powerful tool against commercial interests which threaten these.
We have a right to not be exposed to this microwave radiation. We have a right to be told the truth about the dangers of cell phones, their towers,
and the radiation they emit. We have a right to not be sold things that are harming our health.

IT'S UP TO YOU! You can choose to be part of the solution
(by canceling your contract - at least until you are sure that they are safe) or you can be part of the problem (by continuing to use your cell phone
and pretending that there is nothing wrong). But I can assure you that if you do the research - and you can see through the spin - you will find that
the evidence points to these being very dangerous devices and that they are making a lot of people sick and that they should never be sold on the
market. Believe me, no one more than I and people in my predicament wishes that they were not.

One is reminded of Martin Nemoller's warning with regards to Nazi Germany:

"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing.
Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing.
Then came the Trade Unionists, but I was not a Trade Unionist.
And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did little.
Then when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me."


If you really do care about your friends, your family, yourself and the world you live in, please do the following:


(2) forward this email to everyone you know

(3) become informed and inform others

(4) contact your politicians and tell them what you think

(5) take action by joining support groups

Check out the video "Public Exposure: Democracy, DNA, and the "Wireless Revolution."

Read "Electromagnetic Fields"

Read "Cell Towers"

Read "Cell Phones"

If you are Japanese (or can read Japanese), read Abunai Keitai Denwa

If you are a teacher, inform your students. If you are a doctor, inform your patients. We are all being negatively affected by this - while a few are
making tremendous profits.
Please do not be indifferent!

Thank you for your cooperation.
Art Kab
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Source: Omega today

Acoustic Systems Enter Homeland Security Market, who to control? Terrorists or citizens?
USA Created: 2 Dec 2005
Acoustic Systems Enter Homeland Security Market

The use of amplifiers in homeland defense is going far beyond the simple bullhorns and bugle-shaped speakers mounted on towers.
From public address systems to directed warnings to trespassers, the science of sound is being developed and marketed for homeland security applications.
American Technology Corp., of Topsham, Md., makes systems that can direct tightly focused acoustic beams at specific targets.
Its Long Range Acoustic Device can project intelligible voice communication as far away as 500 meters.
The unit uses the same concept as other phased array systems, aiming many small sound waves to converge into a single beam.
The beam neatly projects away from the flat, 33-inch diameter speaker, with few or none of the wavelets audible to the users.
LRAD is currently used on Navy ships, an application developed in response to the small boat terrorist attack on the USS Cole.
“If you can’t talk to them, you can’t determine intent, and you have to put a boat in the water,” said A.J. Ballard, director of force protection systems at ATC.
LRAD is also used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, providing a communication system for vehicles approaching checkpoints.
Ballard noted that his system was being shipped to the Army 3rd Infantry Division to be used at checkpoints when soldiers accidentally shot and killed an
Italian intelligence agent escorting an alleged hostage from Iraq. “LRAD was still on its way over,” he said.
“If you read the reports, they say those soldiers were screaming at the car, trying to be heard.” The 3rd ID now has 150 LRADs deployed.
In late April, ATC reported a $690,000 order from the Army 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
The system has attracted customers beyond the military. LRAD is employed by large cruise ships, including the Queen Mary and all Princess cruise liners,
to chase off harmless boaters and determine the intent of others breaching minimum standoff distances, Ballard said.
Border control officers also field speakers, as did the New York Police Department during the Republican National Convention.
ATC personnel are quick to point out that their systems have been designed beneath pain thresholds, and are not non-lethal weapons.
Domestic use is the next hot market, officials said. In June, ATC unveiled a system optimized for homeland security operations, roughly half the size and
weight of LRAD.
The Medium Range Acoustic Detector has less range, but its portability and ability to be mounted on various platforms opens the system to police boats, helicopters, border patrol vehicles and infrastructure security perimeters. “We’re just now getting into municipalities,” said Kenneth Winter, ATC’s director of systems engineering.
By incorporating a video camera in a remotely controlled, pan-tilt speaker, harmless intruders can be chased off without resorting to deploying a security guard. Flashlights and laser “dazzlers” can also be mounted.
Public address systems are moving beyond whooping tornado alarms. Acoustic Technology Inc., of Boston, is developing wireless emergency warning systems that can be controlled by mouse click at either central or mobile control stations. ATI has configured public address systems for the naval base at Groton, Conn., and McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
The move to wireless is critical, as warning systems must work independent of cables or monitoring facilities that could be destroyed in a fire or explosion.
ATI also makes solar-powered systems.
With the correct software, automated announcements can be integrated. Rather than simple tones, recorded instructions can be given.
When a public address alert is triggered, a host of automatic contact mobile phone and pager numbers can be dialed.
The company also offers modeling programs to help customers configure tower arrays to reach the entire area in need of coverage.
This is vital for complying with government safety regulations at places with sensitive infrastructure, as well as for communities with homeland security or
natural disaster concerns.
National Guard Tries to Rehab its Drug War Mission
National Guard officials said they are willing to step up efforts on the U.S. government’s “war on drugs,” even though the effort has faded from many radar screens during the chaos and fury of the “global war on terror.”
“The Department of Defense’s number-one priority is terrorism, so we have to adjust and gear counter-drug operations toward that priority,” said Air Force Col. Earl Bell, chief of the Guard’s counter-drug programs.
Bell’s division plans to become more involved in anti-narcotics missions and coordinate federal and local law enforcement efforts.
Among the priorities is to fuse intelligence between the military and other agencies, and launch pilot projects at federally designated “high intensity drug
trafficking areas,” including the southwest U.S. border.
“The Guard has to become a catalyst for synchronized operations and cooperation,” said Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau.
“An unprecedented collaboration between agencies at the local, state and federal level will build a support authority capable of being proactive, not reactive,
to the war on drugs.”
About 2,500 soldiers and airmen are now involved in the Guard’s counter-drug program, which was formed in 1990. Operations range from providing air support for police raids to visiting elementary schools.
Military efforts overseas have overshadowed these operations, officials said. Funding has been on a steep decline in recent years and more than 1,300
positions have been cut since 1999. “Previously, the Guard has waited for a call to action and dutifully fulfilled those requests,” said Bell. “Now we may need
to emphasize exactly what we can offer other agencies and work together more.”
Department of Defense officials have repeatedly defended the military’s role in counter-narcotics missions by linking drug money with international terrorist networks.
“Narco-terrorism is truly a threat to our security at home,” said Blum. “The National Guard will be an important player in this fight against it.”
Radiation Detectors Fall Short of Standards
Most portable radiation detectors perform well enough to meet new federal standards, but others provide inaccurate readings for some types of radiation, according to recent government tests.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology evaluated 31 commercially available detectors used by first responders and security personnel to test for radioactivity. Those threats have different signatures, and therefore require detectors that are flexible.
“If you have a wide energy range, you are able to determine exposure more accurately for a wide range of radioactive materials,” Leticia Pibida, a physicist at NIST who authored the report, told National Defense.
The experiment used carefully calibrated NIST machines to calculate the value of radioactive material, and then compared results from the commercial machines
to see how closely the data meshed.
Researchers compared the devices’ exposure rate readings to NIST measurements for different energy and intensity levels.
The responses of the majority of the detectors agreed with NIST-measured values, within acceptable uncertainties, during tests with gamma rays, the report found.
However, low energy X-rays measurements were not up to par. Readings by 14 detectors were 40 to 100 percent below the value of NIST testing equipment. “The deviations were much larger than those stated in manufacturers’ specifications,” Pibida noted in her report.
The equipment was being tested to see if it met requirements established by the American National Standards Institute, adopted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.
“Most of the instrumentation that exists in the market today has been designed for … occupational monitoring and laboratory use where, generally, the radionucleotide to be detected or measured is known,” she wrote. “[In a lab,] corrections to the instrument’s reading could be made, if necessary.”
But the first responders who use portable units cannot be bothered with delicate calibrations even if they were trained to do so, Pibida said, since the type of radiation they are looking for is unknown.
The radiation detectors of the future will have to be able to operate under a wide range of environments and energies. For now, Pibida suggests greater transparency from suppliers.
“Manufacturers need to do a better job of characterizing their instruments and providing users with better information about their detector’s response and performance,” read Pibida’s paper, contained the May issue of the journal Health Physics.
Results and recommendations will be furnished to the Department of Homeland Security for its use in setting up a program for certifying detectors.
Response Units Get Command Vehicles, With a Catch
National Guard will receive adequate funds in the short term to respond to domestic weapons of mass destruction attacks, but some long-term resources
appear to be lacking, said Col. Camille Nichols, project manager responsible for buying gear for the Guard’s Civil Support Teams.
The teams were formed by the Guard to provide a quick reaction force to respond to domestic attacks with biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear weapons. When certification is complete, every state, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, will have a civil support
team. California, as directed by Congress, will have two.
Among the teams’ pressing needs are command-and-control vehicles that can establish field communications with local and federal responders while in a hazardous environment. A network of satellite communications, encrypted phones and handheld radiofrequency gear will link the vehicle to the outside world.
Nichols warned that research, development and testing funds for these mobile command centers will drop to zero after 2006. She also cited figures showing
that the $54 million allocated in 2006 for the vehicles is eliminated by 2008.
“It scares people,” she told the audience of a recent defense industry conference. “There’s a lot of zeros.”
Aside from the long-term support of the command vehicles, the Civil Support teams are getting adequate support, Nichols said.
The office will be spending $4 million to $5 million a year to upgrade the equipment, she said. Priority items include individual protection gear that can filter out
all agents, mobile analysis tools and new gear that would allow suited teams to work in “hot zones” for long periods.
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Source: Security Beat. By Joe Pappalardo

Focused Sound 'Laser' for Crowd Control
USA Created: 2 Dec 2005
Focused Sound 'Laser' for Crowd Control

Crowd control is a constant challenge to law enforcement -- how to stop potential troublemakers without endangering those who are simply in the wrong
place at the wrong time. Rubber bullets can kill, tear gas drifts with the wind.

Several police departments across America are planning to try a new device that uses focused sound, turned way up.
These so-called non-lethal acoustic devices are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq -- and some are already in place in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

These devices are more than just fancy speakers. California-based HPV Technologies recently demonstrated a "magnetic acoustic device" or MAD that can broadcast a targeted beam of sound for a more than mile. At close range, the sound from these devices can be terrifying and painful.

The same devices can also be used as public address systems, projecting instructions or warnings at lower settings -- and at higher settings, forcing crowds
to disperse. The sonic devices could prove less deadly than so-called "non-lethal" weapons such as Tazers and pepper spray guns that have actually caused some fatalities.

That's not to say that sonic weapons can't do harm.
Earlier this year in Jerusalem, the Israeli Army used a device nicknamed "The Scream" to scatter protest groups.
The Scream sends out noise at frequencies that affect the inner ear, creating dizziness and nausea.
The device can also cause hearing damage.
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White House and Pentagon to get protective infrasound "overcoat"
USA Created: 2 Dec 2005
White House and Pentagon to get protective infrasound "overcoat"

Well-placed sources in Washington report that the U.S. Budget for 2006 will contain outlays of some USD 4,200 million for the protection of the nation's important strategic sites with infrasound fields.
The decision on infrasound protection was taken after the successful quelling of the Los Angeles AIDS riots during the summer.
L.A. police riot squads used portable infrasound generators on the rioters and looters, and brought the disturbance to a relatively peaceful end within
an hour. On the strength of these field-trials, such key sites as the White House complex, the Pentagon, the most important foreign legations, and the UN Headquarters in New York will all be equipped with a chain of generators.
Infrasound is known as a very powerful stunning and paralysing agent, and carries the added advantage of not being lethal in use.
The principle is based on very low sounds at frequencies well below the 20 hertz threshold of normal human hearing.
At high volumes, however, these sound waves cause the hearer to lose all sense of time and place, and also provoke intense nausea.
If the intensity of sound is sufficient, any person struck by the infrasound waves also loses control of his bowels, and will become completely incontinent. After the recent incident in Los Angeles, which was suffering a heatwave at the time, the L.A. Police Department noted that the device
was extremely effective in operation, but that the stench left behind was enough to turn one's stomach.
The aim in shielding important strategic buildings with an infrasound "overcoat" is to prevent - without bloodshed - possible attacks by terrorist
groups or crowds of rioters.
The United States Army began the development of battlefield infrasound equipment some ten years ago, and reportedly infrasound was also tested
in the seige of the headquarters of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas in 1993. Installation of the first generator networks around buildings in
the capital and New York is expected to get under way next spring.
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Ericsson and Nokia loose a High Court case in USA – Class action ahead?
USA Created: 1 Nov 2005
Ericsson and Nokia loose a High Court case in USA – Class action ahead?

The Mobile telephone manufactures did not succeed with their Stop-proposal at the American High Court.
The Mobile phone manufacturers wanted to put a stop for consumers being able to take out court summons
Against them related to health risk from radiation from mobile phones, according to Bloomberg news.

The manufacturers behind the proposal were, between others, Nokia, Motorola and Ericsson.

The High Court decision opens up for a class action against the mobile phone manufacturers, to go ahead.

A group of consumers in Louisiana demands that every mobile phone user be given a headset to lower the radiation.

Analysts tells Bloomberg news that the decision can open up for mass actions, by people who have contracted cancer, running into multimillions against the mobile phone manufacturers.
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Source: Nyhetsbyrån Direkt 2005-11-01 05:28

Ericsson och Nokia förlorade i USA – masstämning väntar?
USA Created: 1 Nov 2005
Ericsson och Nokia förlorade i USA – masstämning väntar?

Mobiltelefontillverkarna fick inte igenom sitt stoppförslag i den amerikanska högsta domstolen. Tillverkarna ville stoppa stämningar från konsumenter relaterade till sjukdomsrisk från strålning från mobiltelefoner, enligt Bloomberg News.
Bland tillverkarna som stod bakom förslaget märktes bland annat Nokia, Motorola och Ericsson.

Högsta domstolens beslut öppnar för en masstämning, en så kallad class action, mot mobiltelefontillverkarna att gå vidare. En grupp konsumenter i Louisiana kräver att varje användare ska tillhandahållas ett headset för att minska strålningen.

Analytiker uppger till Bloomberg News att beslutet kan öppna för mass stämningar i mångmiljon klassen mot mobiltelefontillverkarna från människor som drabbats av cancer.
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Source: Nyhetsbyrån Direkt 2005-11-01 05:28

Cell Phones and Your Health: The Radiation Question
USA Created: 27 Oct 2005
The Sun-Sentinel, a major Florida newspaper, is featuring a series of stories on “Cell Phones & Your Health: The Radiation Question”.

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