New Instruments of Surveillance and Social Control: Wireless Technologies which Target the Neuronal Functioning of the Brain

The following extract is from a report written by Dr Kingsley Dennis, Research Associate in the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), based at the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, England.

The advent of smart grids provides the potential framework for developing even more impact on the neuronal functioning of the human brain.

“The background to this narrative begins with the story of a true Pandora’s box — a U.S. project titled Project Pandora that was organized and administered by the psychology division of the psychiatry research section of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). This project was set–up to specifically research programs on the health effects of microwave exposure following the ‘Moscow Embassy’ incident. From 1953 to 1976, the Soviets directed microwave radiation at the U.S. embassy in Moscow from the roof of an adjacent building. Whilst this clandestine microwave targeting was allegedly known for some time by U.S. officials, the event was not made public until 1976 when the U.S. State Department finally accused the Soviet Union of bombarding the U.S. embassy in Moscow with microwave radiation for illicit purposes. It was initially reported as a harmless procedure for charging Soviet spy–bugs: ‘Soviet antennas, which are beaming the waves in both to charge up the batteries of their listening devices and to jam embassy–based U.S. electronic monitoring of Russian communications’ (Time, 1976a; 1976b). However, the State Department soon indicated that, in addition to interference mechanisms, the microwave radiation could have serious adverse effects on the health of the occupants of the embassy (O’Connor, 1993)……………

………..Part of this paper has been focused on the dangers of an increasingly wireless world. These dangers may include the potential for invasive technologies, based upon transmitted/received signals and wavelengths, to shift social order towards a psycho–civilized society. By psycho–civilised I mean a society that manages and controls social behaviour predominantly through non–obvious methods of psychological manipulations, yet at a level far beyond that of the ‘normalised’ social manipulations of propaganda and social institutions. What I refer to are the technologised methods of psychological interference and privacy intrusions in the manner of creating a docile and constrained society. And here this brings us back to the problematics involved in opening a Pandora’s box.

In this paper I have asked whether innovations in wireless and neuro–technologies are not in danger of shifting human behaviour towards a psycho–civilised society, where greater emphasis is placed upon forms of social control and pre–emptive strategies. What are the moral and ethical implications of using wireless scanning surveillance technologies for evaluating pre–emptive behaviour based on thoughts and intentions alone? Is this not a dangerous path towards psycho–terrorising the social public? As Thomas (1998) reminds us, the mind has no firewall, and is thus vulnerable to viruses, Trojan horses, and spam. It is also vulnerable to hackers, cyber–terrorists, and state surveillance. Whilst this may sound a little too far out, they are reasonable questions to ask if technologies are racing ahead of us in order to better get into our heads.

Becoming wireless also means becoming increasingly immersed within an information–saturated environment. From the evidence of present trends and developments it seems likely that a greater systemic interconnectedness and interdependence is being formed between human–object–environment facilitated through and by information flows. This may herald the coming of a ‘wonderful wireless world’, yet it may also signal unforeseen dangers in protection, privacy, and security of the human biological body within these new relationships. It is the suggestion of this paper that such issues and concerns need to become more public, visible, and open; the very opposite of these technologies.”

The full report can be found here: Global Research

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Is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) a captured agency?

A captured agency is defined as a regulatory agency which, rather than serving the public interest, is largely under the influence of the industry or sector that it is charged with regulating.

The USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is tasked with regulating communications in America, appears to have given up all pretence of safeguarding the interests of the public.  Josh del Sol, director and producer of the award-winning documentary, Take Back Your Power, which investigated so-called “smart” meters, has now turned his attention to this agency.

The FCC recently rubber-stamped the rollout of 5G mobile technology across America; this will result in the use of much higher frequency bands (24 to 100+ GHz) and a massive deployment of mini mobile phone towers.  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the wireless industry, stated in his earlier June press conference that “We won’t wait for the standards to be first developed… we will make ample spectrum available”.

Josh del Sol’s new YouTube video, Gestapo in the USA, contains explosive footage of the proceedings which led to the adoption of the new rules; a decision which will see planetary life blanketed with ultra-high microwave frequencies – that have never been tested as safe.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) states on its website that, “The ACMA is already working to identify ways that 5G technologies can be facilitated in Australia”.

Is this yet another example of a regulatory agency serving industry interests,  whilst bolstering government revenue through the sale of spectrum licences, at the expense of public health?

Watch Gestapo in the USA here.

If escalating wireless deployment is of concern to you, please raise this issue with your local Federal MP.  You can also write to:

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications
Email: Minister@communications.gov.au

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Minister for Regional Communications
Email: minister.nash@regional.gov.au

SSMA submitted comment to the Department of Communications on the ACMA’s role in response to the 2015 Review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Kansas City smart meter fires

While electricity companies continue their campaign of hastily covering up smart meter fires, the truth is getting out there via the media and concerned citizens.  Kansas City TV station, KSHB-TV, recently reported that several smart meters in the district have caught fire.

Full story from Take Back Your Power

This is on top of smart meter fires in California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Illinois and across Canada.  The smart meter fires in Canada became so epidemic that over 100,000 smart meters were recalled in Saskatchewan two years ago.  Yet smart meters continue to be installed around the world.

Smart meter fires are not confined to particular brands of smart meters.  The cause of the fires is overheating of either the components of the smart meter or of the household wiring.  This is often due to the pulsed frequencies of the wireless meters.  Analogue electricity meters do not share this vulnerability.  See Brian Thiesen’s explanation of the cause of smart meter fires.

Australia has not been without its share of smart meter fires.  But with electricity distributors racing to the scene to remove the smart meter within a couple of days, evidence has to be gathered quickly.

Previous SSMA Australian smart meter fires posts

Can smart meters cause house fires?

Energy supplier denies blame for house fire – The Age

Northcote fire questions safety of smart meters – Emergency Services

Smart meter linked to house fire | Geelong

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AusNet Services renews push to get smart meter network operational

In July 2015 the Essential Services Commission accepted an administrative undertaking from AusNet Services regarding their ‘non-compliance’ with their smart meter obligations under the Victorian Government’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure regulatory framework.

In an October 2014 audit, the Commission found that AusNet Services:

• had not used its best endeavours to install smart meters by 31 December 2013, and
• the smart meters that had been installed, were not fully operational.

See Essential Services Commission statement.

In consequence, AusNet Services committed to meeting compliance targets. As of 15 June 2015, 60% of its smart meters were being remotely read. This is due to increase to 72.1% by 30 September 2016 and 96.7% by 31 March 2017.

See AusNet Services’ Smart Meter Undertaking for the complete schedule by region.

This means that people with non-complying meters in AusNet Services’ catchment area can expect to be subjected to increased pressure (along with increased levels of electro-smog) in the coming months.

However, SSMA hopes that AusNet Services installers will bear in mind that, in line with what the Essential Services Commission is reputed to have said previously, the use of bullying tactics, such as threatening to disconnect electricity or impose fines, is not consistent with using their ‘best endeavours’ to persuade customers to accept wireless smart meters.

SSMA urges all smart meter objectors to review the steps which they have taken to maintain their rights. See actions you can take here.

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Have your say about the future of distributed electricity – Standards Australia Sydney Forum

Standards Australia, Australia’s peak standards body, is developing a work plan to support the Future of Distributed Electricity.

To facilitate stakeholder feedback on this work Standards Australia released a discussion paper on 12 July.  See Stop Smart Meters Australia’s response here.

To-date, scant attention within this process has centred on the concerns of consumers. However, we, the consumers, are a major stakeholder!  SSMA has recommended that all standards pertaining to technology capable of emitting EMF must also address the potential for harm to humans, animals and plants.

Standards Australia is now hosting an open forum, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Sydney on Tuesday, 30 August to discuss outcomes of the discussion paper and confirm the next steps.  The forum is complimentary and places are limited.

All stakeholder groups are welcome to participate.  Participants will have the opportunity to join the discussion after the presentations.  Go here for details and to register Forum: Future of Distributed Electricity.

If you reside in or near Sydney, please attend this forum and have your say!!

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State-approved deception program – What is the QLD Government hiding?

Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply has euphemistically renamed ‘Smart Meters’ as ‘Digital Meters’ in its webpage on digital meters.  It is only the smaller print which reveals that these ‘digital’ meters also “feature remote communications for reading, and other services”.

The Department of Energy and Water Supply webpage states that “new national metering rules are expected to come into effect on 1 December 2017, making digital meters the standard meter for all customers. This means that whenever a new meter is installed, a digital meter will be the default option. However, in limited circumstances, customers in existing premises may opt-out of having a digital meter”.

See: Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply

Referring to wireless smart meters as ‘digital meters’ is misleading.  Of course all communications-enabled smart meters are digital meters, but NOT ALL digital meters have a radiofrequency communications chipset on board, as will be occurring in Queensland.

Does the Queensland Government fear people will be more inclined to opt-out of having a so-called ‘digital’ meter if they are fully aware of what they are being offered: a wireless device that emits pulsed radiation every day, 24 hours per day?  See Technical study reveals magnitude of Victorian smart meter transmissions for just how many times per day Queenslanders can expect to be blasted with radiation.

If not, why has the Queensland Government stooped to engaging in, what appears to be, deliberate deception?

 

 

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Victoria’s Department of Health continues to play pass-the-parcel with our health

Stop Smart Meters Australia has been advised by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) that “radiofrequency matters are considered to be outside the scope of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, as the Commonwealth has specific legislation (the Radiocommunications Act 1992) with the ability to both make standards for health protection and ensure compliance with them”.

Huh??  Since when was a Health Department able to wash its hands of health issues?  And since when was a regulatory body such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which has zilch expertise in health, deemed capable of implementing policy to address the needs of people with electro-hypersensitivity (EHS)?  Or carry out SSMA’s request to implement a smart meter post-rollout health surveillance program?

Once again, the inconvenient fact that many Australians have suffered, and continue to suffer, adverse health effects as a result of exposure to wireless smart meter emissions is being ignored by government. 

Instead DHHS states that “…where there are other specific laws that regulate activities then generally the threshold required to exercise powers under the Act is not reached because any risk to public health is already being appropriately managed”.  That’s cold comfort for the Victorians whose lives have been turned upside down as the result of the rollout of smart meters.

To read SSMA’s letters to the current government on this matter, along with DHHS’s responses, view the following links:

16 February 2015 letter to the Minister for Health

12 May 2015 response from Department of Health & Human Services 12 May 2015 response from Department of Health & Human Services

25 May 2015 letter to Department of Health & Human Services

23 May 2016 response from Department of Health & Human Services

Note that the response of 23 May stated that DHHS would be raising our concerns at the June meeting of the National Radiation Health Committee.  However, there is no mention in the minutes that this occurred.  A copy of the minutes can be viewed here: http://www.arpansa.gov.au/pubs/rhc/rhc_jun16.pdf

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