Who Defends Big Telcom Against Wireless Opposition and Science? Lawyers, Industry Funded Scientists and Groups

By B.N. Frank

Health warnings about cell phone and wireless (WiFi) radiation are NOT new and include A LOT more than 5G. The warnings have become increasingly dire though. In 2019 The World Health Organization predicted that high levels of Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) could lead to health issues in 30% of the population.

Thanks to Environmental Health Trust for devoting an entire web page to exposing Big Telecom strategies to manipulate legislators and keep the public clueless about exposure risks.


5G & Wireless Product Defense Firms

Industries need firms to help them defend their products. These firms design publish and fund research, perform “scientific evaluations,” do public relations and develop strategy to “wargame the science.”

WARGAMING THE SCIENCE

When reports first emerged from the laboratory of Henry Lai and N.P. Singh that cell phone radiation could damage DNA, media advisors wrote a memo to Motorola executives announcing a clear strategy that remains alive and well since 1994: wargame the science.

WARGAME MEMO Dec 13. 1994:

The Motorola memo, released by Microwave News  to the industry’s PR company Burson-Marsteller (from Norm Sandler to Michael Kehs), shows how close the relationship was between the industry giants and the SAG team.

Sadler said in the memo that Motorola was prepared to tell the media that, until the work was replicated and interpreted “any conclusions about the significance of this study are pure speculation.” They also note that even if the DNA breaks are found, there is not evidence of increased cancer rates.

In the memo they planned tactics to dilute the effect of the report on DNA breaks. They wrote:

“I think we have sufficiently war-gamed the Lai-Singh issue, assuming SAG and CTIA have done their homework. “SAG will be prepared to release the Munro-Carlo memos, which touch on key points made in this material.”

Quote from page 13 of the Wargaming Memo released by Microwave News. 

Governments and Elected Officials ALSO Protect 5G and Wireless Products

Taxpayer money is funding misinformation on 5G, wireless and cell phones. Politicians are supporting 5G initiatives by lending their names and quotes to these initiatives. See some examples here.

“Chance5G” in Switzerland

Chance5G Website

“Supporters of 5G mobile technology in Switzerland have launched a new website to engage in discussions with the general public about any technical, scientific and health concerns.

Around 45 figures from Swiss society, science, business and politics, as well as 19 associations, have joined forces to launch the “CHANCE5G” online platform on Friday. The initiative is financed by the Swiss Telecommunications Association (asut) and its members, which include telecom firms Sunrise, Swisscom, Cellnex, as well as Ericsson and Huawei”

Read more at Initiative aims to overcome Swiss public’s 5G technology misconceptions

Australia

The Australian government has said it will spend AU$9 million across four years to fight misinformation about 5G and build “public confidence” in the technology.

Read more at Canberra to spend AU$9 million combatting 5G misinformation

See ARPANSAs Factsheet on 5G

Maryland

MD5G Partnership

A Montgomery County Maryland Councilman was quoted in support of the  MD5G Partnership whose membership includes: Maryland Tech Council, Greater Baltimore Committee, Northeast Maryland Tech Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Verizon,  Crown Castle, T-Mobile,  Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County.

“5G is an exciting opportunity for Montgomery County and for Maryland. We must get the right infrastructure in place to pave the way for innovative technologies,” said Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer. “We are all relying on our networks more than ever and we need to open the door for private sector investment to build and expand those networks. Stronger networks, for example, will improve access to distance learning and virtual healthcare, let alone make it easier for all of us to conduct business in an increasingly distanced or telecommuting environment.”

MD5G Partnership Launches in Support of 5G Deployment throughout Maryland

Details here https://md5gpartnership.com/how-5g-affects-you/

Press Release here  https://i95business.com/releases/1919

PERU

The Peru Ministry of Transports and Communications has a Multimedia campaign including TV, radio, newspaper, internet and social networks with the slogan “antenas buena onda” (friendly antennas) to promote placement of telecommunications installations in neighborhoods.

Exponent

Exponent Inc. has been described in David Michael’s book Doubt Is Their Product as one of many “Product Protection Firms” hired to cast doubt that a product is harming workers and/or customers.  Exponent is cited 11 times in the index of Doubt Is Their Product.  Among its many employees are: Linda Erdreich, Senior Managing Scientist and William H. Bailey, Principal Scientist.  Both are members of the IEEE 2005 Subcommittee.

Exponent has been involved in the investigations of many well known incidents including the report aired on Dateline in 1993 about fires and explosions involving sidesaddle fuel tanks on Chevrolet C/K trucks, the Consumer Reports finding on Suzuki roll-over safety,  the 2009–2010 Toyota vehicle recalls, the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 among many other aviation accidents, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill..   In 2017, Samsung hired Exponent to determine cause of thermal runaway of the Note 7 Phone batteries.

Gradient

Gradient,” according to the Texas Tribune, “typically conducts research funded by industry groups like the American Petroleum Institute. One Harvard University epidemiologist calls its work for Texas “bullshit” science that contradicts conclusions by the vast majority of experts.” The Tribune goes on to detail “‘This is a company that basically works for industry, and their job is to trash environmental studies,’ said Joel Schwartz, a professor of environmental epidemiology at Harvard and director of the University’s Center for Risk Analysis.”

In a Feb 2016 article “Meet the ‘rented white coats’ who defend toxic chemicals. How corporate-funded research is corrupting America’s courts and regulatory agencies” by the Center for Public Integrity  details a story of  asbestos litigation involving Peter Valberg, a former professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and then a principal at the environmental consulting firm Gradient Corporation.  According  to the article, Evan Nelson of the law firm Tucker Ellis & West needed a scientist willing to publish a theory in a medical journal so that this science could be used win lawsuits and released emails detail how Peter Valberg “wrote back within hours, calling Nelson’s scientific theory “very intriguing.” He was game to try to disseminate it in peer-reviewed journals. He later sent Nelson a contract agreeing to write the first of three articles and even offered him a 10-percent discount. In the meantime, Valberg would adopt Nelson’s theory as an expert witness in lawsuits, using it against mesothelioma victims such as Pam Collins of Bellevue, Ohio.”

Peter Valberg of Gradient is a well known industry “expert witness”  about cell phone radiation, and also is well known or his work on tobacco alongside the company Gradient (another well known “consultant” ground on cell phone radiation. Valberg has been an expert called in by Philip Morris RJ Reynolds and he was  Principal and Senior Health Scientist at Gradient Corporation.  “Valberg presented a slideshow with data showing that Marlboro Lights delivered less tar to smokers. It made sense, he concluded, that the cigarettes also reduced the risk of disease. Some of Valberg’s findings were based on his own unpublished analysis of public data. But the most persuasive evidence came from a study underwritten by Philip Morris” Read the Atlantic Article “Contesting the Science of Smoking”

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

EPRI is a nonprofit organization funded by the electric utility industry which conducts research on issues related to the electric power industry in the United States. EPRI’s corporate members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries.

Professor Leeka Kheifets has has frequently been hired by utility companies to vouch for Smart Meter and wireless safety- for years.

For example, her study “Race/ethnicity and the risk childhood leukemia: a case-control study in California states, “This project was supported by a research contract from the Electric Power Research Institute to UCLA”

“Prior to UCLA, she was “a Technical Executive” at the Electric Power Research Institute, “where she directed a multi-disciplinary electric and magnetic fields (EMF) research program”

GSMA

“The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.”

www.gsma.com

EMF and Health Website

EMFandHealth.com is co-authored by Michel Plante, head of Health and Safety at Hydro-Quebec.

The Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research

According to the website, “The CAPHR Coalition is a diverse group of industry and business organizations that advocate for reform of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Monographs Program. The Monographs Program, which evaluates cancer hazards, continues to misinform both the public and public health policies through its lack of clarity, transparency, and balance in assessing cancer hazards.

Upholding credible, unbiased and balanced science in policymaking is a universal principle that is not bound by borders or industry affiliations. Our group of manufacturing, energy and food interests aims to work closely with the United States Government, as well as its international counterparts, to reform IARC’s Monographs Program and bring greater transparency to the program’s questionable carcinogen evaluations, undue policy influence and impact, flawed methodologies and frequent conflicts of interest.”

Read what they say about cell phones at CASE STUDY: CELL PHONE RADIATION,  PDF

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)

“The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) is the peak body for the mobile telecommunications industry. Its members include Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Samsung, HTC and Ericsson. AMTA was formed 20 years ago to not only promote innovative mobile telecommunications technologies and long-term business success, but to also maximise the beneficial impacts by engaging with the community.”

AMTA website link https://amta.org.au

AMTA funds the EMF Explaind Website found at http://www.emfexplained.info

AMTA HEALTH & SAFETY webpage links 

EMF Explained.Info

The EMF Explained Series is an information resource referencing national and international health agencies developed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in conjunction with the GSM Association (GSMA) and Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF).

The EMF Explained Website can be found at http://www.emfexplained.info


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