Tesla vehicles continue to be associated with accidents, fires, high costs, high levels of harmful radiation emissions, investigations, lawsuits, mechanical issues, recalls, and other various issues (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15). Of course, battery fires, fires that are difficult to extinguish, and radiation emissions have been reported with other company’s EVs as well (see 1, 2, 3, 4).
In recent Tesla news, the company issued another recall – this time for a federal standards violation with its boombox function. A video was also posted online of a Tesla vehicle crashing into a private jet. Oops and more oops!
A video was posted on Reddit Thursday that appears to show a Tesla vehicle slowly crashing into a $3.5 million private jet after being “summoned” by its owner using the automaker’s automatic parking feature.
The Reddit user (who did not immediately respond to a request for comment) said the incident took place at an event sponsored by aircraft manufacturer Cirrus at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington.
Tesla meets $3.5 million private jet
The smartphone video appears to capture security camera footage of the Tesla slowly crashing into and then actually pushing the Cirrus Vision Jet across the tarmac. A spokesperson for Felts Field also did not respond to a request for comment.
According to the poster, the Tesla owner was using the “Smart Summon” feature that enables a Tesla vehicle to leave a parking space and navigate around obstacles to its owner. Using just the Tesla app on your smartphone, you can “summon” your car to you from a maximum distance of 200 feet, as long as the car is within your line of sight.
The Reddit user said they also own a Tesla Model Y but were not the “poor soul (with poor decision making abilities) who summoned his Tesla around several expensive aircraft – only to crash it into the most expensive one ($3,500,000)!”
A video of a near-collision with a speeding SUV left the owner feeling their test of Smart Summon “didn’t go so well.” Another Tesla was filmed by pedestrians and people in other cars seeming confused as it tried to make its way across a Walmart parking lot.
A newer version of the feature enables owners to summon their Tesla vehicles from further away and can navigate more complex parking environments, according to Electrek. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has described Smart Summon as the company’s “most viral feature ever.”
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A warning was issued on the grounds that certain advanced persistent threat actors have developed custom-made tools to gain full system access to multiple ICS and SCADA devices.
Known as Pipedream, the malware toolkit is said to be the most versatile tool ever made to target industrial control systems like power grids and oil refineries
The DOE, CISA, NSA, and the FBI are all urging critical infrastructure organizations, especially energy sector organizations, to implement the detection and mitigation recommendations provided to detect potential malicious APT activity and harden their ICS/SCADA devices
Industrial control systems (ICS) are essential for the steady functioning of critical infrastructures such as the energy and water grid or the manufacturing sector. Therefore, when an attack is launched on ICS, the consequences are often far-reaching, just like then a ransomware attack targeted Colonial Pipeline Inc. in the US mid-last year.
That attack brought the entire facility to a complete halt for a few days which then inevitably caused an acute fuel shortage, while prices soared through the roof. It is unfortunate though that threat actors are increasingly shifting their focus from information technology (IT) to what ICS is often referred to as operational technology (OT).
A damning report on the Maine Information Analysis Center (MIAC), or fusion center, reveals just how intertwined corporate and government surveillance of the public has become.
Fusion centers are notoriously secretive about public surveillance and what little we know can be summed up thusly:
“official secrecy, moreover, cloaks fusion centers, so what little public information is available on a particular fusion center rarely provides much detail on its unique profile.”
The MIAC Shadow Report reveals how law enforcement goes out of their way to hide who’s actually in charge of public surveillance, and it is pre-occupied with people committing conventional crimes.
The report begins by revealing what many of us already knew or suspected: fusion centers have been and continue to surveil protesters and activists.
“Fusion centers are the nerve system of mass criminalization” the report warns. A major concern of the authors is how fusion centers use private corporations to conduct secret facial recognition and social media surveillance of “people of interest” and warns that self-governing fusion centers are fraught with peril.
Despite there being a statewide ban of using facial recognition to ID innocent people in Maine there is evidence MIAC uses data brokers to do an end-run around privacy bans.
“This legislation bans the use of the technology in most areas of government and strictly limits its use by law enforcement.9 In our review of BlueLeaks documents, we found documents that raise questions about the MIAC’s use of private data brokers and ability to analyze cell phone data. These systems, like the recently regulated facial recognition technology, also pose existential threats to privacy and other basic rights.”
The report also found that fusion centers are being used to surveil the homeless, including people with mental illnesses and substance abuse.
It appears that the majority of what fusion centers do is ID “suspicious people, people of interest, suspects, missing persons, and wanted people.”
“The majority of MIAC documents concern the sharing of criminal information. Two-thirds of the BlueLeaks documents definitely shared by the MIAC—939 of 1,382—are (1) requests to identify a suspect or a wanted person, locate a person of interest or missing person, or provide information about possible crimes or suspicious circumstances or (2) bulletins and reports on specific incidents, cases, or individuals considered relevant to law enforcement but not directly connected to a criminal investigation by a police agency in Maine.”
Supermarkets, gas stations, utility companies, universities and hospitals receive daily “civil unrest” bulletins
The report reveals that fusion centers send daily intelligence (civil unrest) reports to 4,526 registered users in Maine. The reports focus on protests and political violence, lumping together subjects like “civil unrest,” “extremism,” and “terrorism.”
“This expansive list includes law enforcement officers and intelligence officials from across Maine, the New England Region, and across the country. It extends beyond law enforcement and intelligence to other government officials such as Department of Motor Vehicles personnel and school superintendents. The MIAC’s reach extends outside of the public sector. Many large corporations receive MIAC products, including Avangrid, Hannaford’s, ExxonMobile, and Bath Iron Works. Civil society organizations and nonprofits are also involved, such as universities, hospitals, and even special interest groups. The president of the Maine Chamber of Commerce, for example, is a registered user of the MIAC but, in contrast, there are no representatives from organized labor listed.”
The report also revealed that fusion centers are monitoring people who commit property crimes or shoplifting and sends daily reports to businesses.
“Private firms also access documents. The most prolific private sector reader of MIAC reports is the Auburn Mall. Auburn, along with neighboring Lewiston, are the twin cities of Maine. They are post-industrial mill towns, which have not yet been gentrified. They contain the four highest poverty census tracts in the state. The opioid epidemic has devastated this region. Mall security at the Auburn Mall mostly reads documents on persons who have been arrested for opioid use and shoplifting.”
The Maine Beaconwarns that “counterterrorism has morphed into supercharged policing of drug, and property crimes,” and says “This is public-private surveillance.”
How easy is it for police officers to use fusion centers to secretly collect information on an innocent person?
MIAC, like fusion centers everywhere “can acquire and retain information that is unrelated to a specific criminal or public safety threat, as long as it determines that such information is useful.” As the report states, “the policy provides no definitions or standards for determining when information is useful in the administration of public safety.”
Let that sink in for a moment; fusion centers can basically spy on anyone, even if they are not a “public safety threat” as long as a police officer determines that the information they collect on a person is useful!
The report also revealed that fusion centers are “acquiring, retaining and sharing information about individuals and organizations based solely on their religious, political, or social views or activities.”
Fusion centers commonly send “situational awareness bulletins” to police departments about a person’s mental illness, saying these types of disclosures are common.
The report also reveals how police departments and the Rand Corporation create “strategic subject and HEAT lists” of anyone police think could commit a future crime[s].
Fusion Centers use TransUnion to secretly monitor people’s social media
“Documents received in response to FOAA requests provide evidence that the MIAC currently uses commercial databases as part of its investigations. For example, one heavily redacted record shows a TransUnion report on a redacted individual, which provides information on jobs, emails, usernames, aliases, and numerous social media profiles and internet sites.118 Another document traces a case that begins with a citizen report of “violent politically motivated rhetoric on Facebook” and leads immediately to a request to “begin to look into this individual” by a MIAC staffer. A case number and record are then created, and multiple reports are completed, including a “TLO (Comprehensive and Social Media)” report.”
The report proves that fusion centers are using data brokers to routinely collect highly sensitive personal information on people without a warrant.
“The TLO document also contains the report itself, which includes information on bankruptcies, liens, properties, corporate affiliations, and other information which is fully redacted and cannot be identified.”
“MIAC routinely monitors social media accounts and/or conducts background checks on individuals associated with lawful public protests, frequently citing a pretextual criminal offense (subjects may litter during the protest, for example) to justify the collection. MIAC then retains all the data collected even after finding no indication of a threat, hazard, or criminal activity.”
Last week The Interceptreported that the state of New York wants to spend millions to create a statewide fusion center-run social media surveillance network.
“New York’s governor, Kathy Hochul, unveiled details of her own policing initiatives to crack down on gun crime — but hardly anyone seemed to notice. Embedded within the dozen bills and hundreds of line items that make up her plan for next year’s state budget, Hochul’s administration has proposed tens of millions of dollars and several new initiatives to expand state policing and investigative power, including agencies’ ability to surveil New Yorkers and gather intelligence on people not yet suspected of breaking the law.”
According to the MIAC report, fusion centers can use a “possible threat, crime analysis” or essentially any reason to justify spying on a person’s social media accounts. Using fusion centers to ID and surveil homeless people and juveniles is horrifying, as “we do not know what happens to these individuals when they become subjects of the MIAC intelligence reports.”
As is typical of fusion center research, searching for “fusion centers and crime analysis” returned vague results, as evidenced by this gem from DHS’s Fusion Center Fact Sheet: “Fusion centers conduct analysis and facilitate information sharing, assisting law enforcement and homeland security partners in preventing, protecting against, and responding to crime and terrorism.”
“The goal is to rapidly identify emerging threats; support multidisciplinary, proactive, and community-focused problem-solving activities; support predictive analysis capabilities; and improve the delivery of emergency and nonemergency services.” (page 13.)
There is a disturbing link between fusion centers and mass incarceration.
“In addition to the previously discussed role of the MIAC in monitoring racial justice protests and the over-policing of the crimes of poverty, the MIAC records published with BlueLeaks include documents produced by the MIAC and ‘passed through’ from other agencies that concern unhoused people, undocumented people, and youths running away from home or the juvenile justice system.”
It is not hard to see how a person of color, a homeless person or a substance abuser could receive a harsher sentence simply because a fusion center has a secret file on them.
Now is the time to press our leaders and politicians to put an end to fusion centers, the need to keep them going has long since passed. (Twenty-one years and counting since 9/11.)
Allowing 79 fusion centers to use corporations and data brokers to collect massive amounts of personal information on anyone for any reason has and will continue to come at a high cost to our freedom.
China has deployed robotic dogs to enforce the communist country’s COVID-19 “zero-COVID” strategy.
In a video filmed in Shanghai City, a robot dog is seen warning a locked-down community to stay in their houses and comply with COVID “safety” measures.
“Wear a mask, wash hands frequently, check temperature,” the dog cautions while patrolling the residential neighborhood.
On Monday, China began instituting its biggest city-wide lockdown since unleashing the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019 to curb the spread of Omicron.
“Residents will be required to stay home and deliveries will be left at checkpoints to ensure there is no contact with the outside world. Offices and all businesses not considered essential will be closed and public transport suspended,” New York Post reports. “Panic-buying was reported on Sunday, with supermarket shelves cleared of food, beverages and household items. Additional barriers were being erected in neighborhoods Monday, with workers in hazmat suits staffing checkpoints.”
The Chinese government is also building “makeshift hospitals,” temporary medical facilities and quarantine centers to accommodate surging infections among its predominantly fully vaccinated population.
As of March 29, approximately 87 percent of China’s 1.4 billion people have been vaccinated with two shots, Bloomberg reports.
Opposition to expensive, privacy invasive, unreliable and unsafe utility “Smart” Meters (electric, gas, and water) is worldwide. Despite all the problems associated with these meters – including fires, explosions (see 1, 2, 3) and health risks to humans and pets (see 1, 2, 3) – proponents still insist that they’re better than one-way transmitting analog meters. NOPE! A free online documentary as well as countless articles and websites provide information proving the exact opposite.
Smartmeters are the new utility consumption measurement devices for electricity, water, and gas that are being installed across the nation, at residences and other buildings. There would be a separate meter for each type of utility and they are installed by the companies and governments that provide the utilities.
Most people are unaware that their meter has been switched or is in the process of being switched from an analogue meter to a digital “smart” meter. If your home or building already had a meter, it was probably an analogue meter (used for decades), but the the replacement meter is likely a digital meter—a “smart” meter.
Read Dr. David Carpenter, Dr. Hardell, Dr. Havas and Dr. Milham and Dr. Herbert’s letter on smartmeter health impacts to North Carolina PDF of Letter
On October 21, 2020 Dr. Davis Carpenter presented to the WSSC Water Authority on smartmeters
Even Itron, a manufacturer of Smart Meters warns shareholders that, “We may face adverse publicity, consumer or political opposition, or liability associated with our products…We may be subject to claims that there are adverse health effects from the radio frequencies utilized in connection with our products. If these claims prevail, our customers could suspend implementation or purchase substitute products, which could cause a loss of sales” Itron Inc, SEC Form 10 K 2017
What US States have opt outs for Smartmeters?
The http://www.emfsafetynetwork.org has a partial list of California groups, lawmakers, counties and cities who have called for a moratorium, the right for consumers to opt out, adopted an ordinance banning meters, requested more research on health and safety impacts, or are opposing Smart Meters: Those listed in red banned the meters. The Utility Reform Network, CA State Senator Dean Florez, CA State Assembly members Jared Huffman and Bill Monning, the County Board of Supervisors of Humboldt, Lake. Marin, Mendocino, Monterey , San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Tehama , Ventura, and the cities of Arcata, Belvedere, Berkeley, Blue Lake, Bolinas, Buelton, Calabasas, Camp Meeker, Capitola, Clearlake, Cotati, Fairfax, Fort Bragg, Goleta, Grover Beach, Lakeport, Marina, Mill Valley, Monte Sereno, Monterey, Morro Bay, Mt. Shasta, Novato, Ojai,Pacific Grove, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Richmond,Rio Dell, Ross, San Anselmo, San Luis Obispo ,San Rafael, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sausalito, Scotts Valley, Seaside, Sebastopol, Simi Valley, Solvang, Thousand Oaks, Watsonville, Willits, and the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Marin Association of Realtors, the Sonoma County Republican Central Committee, the SF Sierra Club, the Monterrey Green Party, the Alameda Greens, and the EMF Safety Network. In addition cities in the State of Maine and British Columbia Canada have passed resolutions calling for a moratorium on Smart Meters.
“WHEREAS, since its inception on February 17, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas, LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest, oldest and most successful Hispanic civil rights and service organization in the United States, has championed the cause of Hispanic Americans in education, employment, economic development and civil rights…”
We, the undersigned, are scientists and health professionals who together have co-authored many peer-reviewed studies on the health effects of radiofrequency radiation (RFR). We are aware that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is considering a proposed smart meter opt-out fee from Duke Energy. Smart meters, along with other wireless devices, have created significant public health problems caused by the radiofrequency radiation (RFR) they produce, and awareness and reported problems continue to grow. With Duke Energy being America’s largest utility provider and, consequently, having the largest potential smart meter implementation reach, it is imperative that the  Commission […] be fully aware of the harm that RFR can cause and allow utility customers to opt out of smart meter installation with no penalty….
Most smartmeter are designed to emit radio-frequency radiation (RFR). This is a concern because RFR is a biologically-active electromagnetic exposure that is absorbed into our bodies. Many smartmeter systems generate RFR to wirelessly communicate with other smartmeters and to the utility provider and each of these wireless communication networks increase the overall density of manmade pulsed RFR radiation outdoors and indoors, throughout a neighborhood.
The Santa Cruz, Calif., County Board of Supervisors has declared “smart” electric and water meters to be “health hazards, safety and consumer fraud risks.” The Santa Cruz, Calif., County Board of Supervisors also stated PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) is subjecting residents to “privacy, security, health, accuracy and consumer fraud risks of the unproven Smart Meter technology.” and that because “There is a current and immediate threat to public peace, health, or safety”, a moratorium on further installations must be imposed in order to preserve and protect said public interests.
The radiation generated by smartmeters is the same type as generated by your cell phone- radiofrequency radiation.
Peer reviewed science has found increased cancer, immune system damage, and headaches after exposures to radiofrequency radiation. Dr. David Carpenter’s letter “Correcting the Gross Misinformation” addresses the biological health effects of smartmeters.
In the video below Daniel Hirsch, the retired director of the Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and president (unpaid) of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a nuclear policy NGO.explains his analysis of misleading reports on smartmeter radiation by EPRI, “When you correct for these two facts, the whole body and cumulative, rather than the cell phone being 100 times more exposure than a smartmeter, the smartmeter turns out to be roughly 100 times more exposure than a cell phones.”
Smartmeter radiation penetrates deeper into children’s bodies.
Research consistently finds that radiofrequency radiation penetrates deeper into children’s bodies and brains and the American Academy of Pediatrics considers children more vulnerable to radiofrequency radiation- whatever the source. Research that has looked specifically at smartmeters has found that the radiation is absorbed at a faster rate and more intensely into their bodies. Read this 2018 published paper (Qureshi 2018) which concludes that the highest observed whole body specific energy absorption rate value was in the child model when radiation from a smartmeter was simulated.
Bees, birds and insects are exposed to higher density of RFR.
The pulsed RFR emitted by smartmeters and other wireless telecommunications poses risks to pollinators and wildlife. Published research has found negative impacts to bees, plants, andwildlife. For example, a review of 113 studies from original peer-reviewed publications found RF-EMF had a significant effect on birds, insects, other vertebrates, other organisms and plants in 70% of the studies. Development and reproduction of birds and insects are the most strongly affected endpoints. Read more.
Many communitites have “Opt outs” and some are FREE
Most smartmeters emit very strong pulses of RFR twenty four hours a day.
Contrary to claims made by utility providers that the exposure is “low,” many smartmeters continuously emit RFR in millisecond blasts. These short bursts of radiation can be very powerful.
Wireless smart meters typically produce very short high levels of pulsed RF/microwaves. They emit these millisecond-long RF bursts on average 9,600 times a day with a maximum of 190,000 daily transmissions and a peak level emission two and a half times higher than the stated safety signal, as the California utility Pacific Gas & Electric recognized before that State’s Public Utilities Commission when directly asked. To be clear- smartmeters can average 1900 transmissions in a 24 hour period.
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Even battery powered “smart” AMI water meters radiate numerous times an hour.
The manual of the Neptune Smart Water meter says, “The E-CODER)R900i meets FCC Regulations Part 15.247 allowing higher output power and greater range. It uses frequency hopping spread spectrum technology to avoid RF interference and enhance security. The transmitted data is updated at 15 minute intervals and transmits a mobile message that includes the meter reading data and the unique ECODER)900iID every 14 to 20 seconds.
The E-CODER)R900i also transmits a high power fixed network message every seven and one half minutes …If connected to a LoRa network , the E-CODER)R900i can transmit a high power fixed network message every three hours on an interleaved basis.”
TheItron water meter also says transmissions are numerous times a day. In fact the manual also says that people should be 20 cm from the meter. 20 cm is about 8 inches.
This equipment complies with the FCC RF radiation requirements for uncontrolled environments. To maintain compliance with these requirements the antenna and any radiating elements should be installed to ensure that a minimum separation distance of 20 cm is maintained from the general population.”
Smartmeter systems intentionally create a “mesh” wireless communications network which is RFR emissions.
Many smartmeters work differently than cell phones. Cell phones communicate by continuous two-way exchange of RFR emissions between the phone and a cell tower, whereas, smartmeters can communicate with each other in a wireless “mesh network.” Every meter in the mesh network wirelessly “chats” by RFR emissions connecting it to every other meter within its mesh network (the size of the network can be all meters within one or two miles).
The data wirelessly riding on your meter’s RFR emissions is collected by the utility provider’s centralized hub antennas—these may be mounted on utility poles called Data Collector Units or be specially-programmed collector meters or other transceivers spaced throughout a community. Collector meters usually have more powerful emissions because they are communicating with the other meters in the network. Read more about mesh networks.
Smartmeter radiation is neither “low” nor “safe”.
Utility companies claim that the RFR emitted by wireless smartmeters and their networks meet government FCC limits. However, 20-year-old FCC limits (based on 30-year-old science) are not protective of human health and are hundreds of thousands of times too high to protect humans and wildlife from biological effects.
“When it comes to non-thermal effects of RF, which is the most relevant effect for public concerns, FCC guidelines are irrelevant and can not be used for any claims of SmartMeter safety unless we are addressing heat damage.”—Dr. De Kun Li, a Kaiser research scientist who has published research on electromagnetic radiation and provided expert testimony on health concerns related to smartmeters and the inadequacy of FCC limits here.
Communities oppose smartmeters because of fires and other hazards.
“Due to meter design and function, these digital meters can malfunction in several ways. Electric digital meters can allow surges and overvoltage to flow into buildings which can burn wiring and destroy appliances and electronics. They can interfere with arc and ground fault circuit interrupters. Meters have exploded and have caused fires, and they have likely contributed to the severity of other fires. Some of the fires have resulted in the deaths of people and their pets. Water and gas AMI/AMR/digital meters pose additional hazards,” an excerpt from the 50-page paper “Overview: Fire and Electrical Hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters” now available free for downloading providing information from experts on utility meters used in the U.S. and Canada.
The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is a 173-page report, released in 2012 by health and environmental advocate Nina Beety, has extensive referenced information on the many problems and risks of the Smart Meter program known at that time, with information from state, national, and international resources.
All smartmeters state people should be at least at 20 cm (8 inch) distance so they are not exposed to radiation in excess of FCC limits.
Smartmeters are radiation tested for their compliance with FCC limits with 20 cm between the device antenna and body phantom. This means that if you are closer than 20 cm you could be exposed to radiation higher than government limits. Most people are unaware of these warnings. Note: these FCC limits are non protective, so even if you follow this warning, you are not protected from all harmful effects.
“Warning: To satisfy FCC RF exposure requirements for transmitting devices, a separation distance of 20 cm or more should be maintained between the antenna of this device and persons during device operation. To ensure compliance, operations at closer than this distance is not recommended.” –FLEXGE100 Utility Meter Electric Smartmeter
Read the Iowa Legal Brief section on “IPL has Not Met its Burden to Show that the Transmitting Module in the Sensus Stratus Meter and Other Meters are FCC Compliant due to the 20 cm Rule that goes into detail on how companies are aware but are not protecting customers.
Smartmeters can increase the “dirty” electricity on the electrical and metal plumbing systems throughout your home.
Digital meters operate by a built-in switched mode power supply, which generates what is commonly known as “dirty electricity” and referred to by electricians and electrical engineers as “voltage transients,” “voltage harmonics,” “line noise,” and “power quality issues.” This is a concern because dirty electricity is also a biologically-active, penetrating, electromagnetic physical agent. This dirty electricity then travels throughout your home via the electrical wiring and metal pipes.
Please watch electrical engineer Bill Bathgate testify before Michigan House Energy Committee on 2/13/18. In this video Bathgate testifies on these transients and also that he has run tests that show that both the smart electric meter and the smart meter with radio turned off are wildly inaccurate but the traditional analog meter is accurate and gives repeatable results.
People are reporting symptoms after smartmeters are installed at their residences.
Reported symptoms include sleep disturbances, rashes, hyperactivity, changes in children’s behavior, high blood pressure, endocrine problems, thyroid problems, facial flushing, nausea, flu-like symptoms, body pain, leg cramps, cardiac symptoms, heart palpitations, heart arrhythmias, dizziness, fatigue, physical weakness, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, learning problems, ringing in the ears, headaches, and more. People report these symptoms immediately or shortly after smartmeters are installed and activated in their communities. Learn more about electrical sensitivity and microwave sickness.
People are suing for the right to remove the smartmeter and they are winning!
For example, the Iowa Utility Board made their final ruling and it appears that people will be able to opt out and not have to pay a fee for doing this.
First, take a glance at your meter and see if you have a smartmeter or an analogue meter. Some people take a photo of the meter from a distance away from the meter so that instead they can look more closely at the photo. If your meter does not look like a digital meter, that is not a guarantee that it is not smart; contact your utility provider and ask (experienced citizens recommend that you do not explain why you are asking, simply ask and ask for the model name/number of your meter. If you do not have a smartmeter, find out if smartmeters are coming to your neighborhood by contacting a local smartmeter advocacy group or your utility provider. If you are not sure whether or not your meter is smart, if you have its model name/number, usually a local smartmeter advocacy group can tell you.
If you do have a smartmeter and you are in the United States, you can contact your utility provider and tell them you want your meter replaced with an analogue meter. Also send a letter via postal mail to your utility provider. Sometimes the provider’s representative who answers the phone is not aware of this issue. We recommend locating the smartmeter advocacy group in your state working on this issue for full information on what you can do in your state and how you can best address this issue. To find the local smartmeter advocacy group in your area go to the EMF Safety Network webpage on global smartmeter groups or StopSmartmeters local group directory.
Many localities have no fees for opting out.
For example, Indiana (Duke Energy) makes it free IF you sign up for the Read-Your-Own Meter Program. In California, opt out fees are no longer collected after 3 years. They are “sunsetted.” New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Los Angeles, California, New York/Central Hudson have no fee. North Carolina has no fee if for health reasons. Texas offers low-income fee option. Read more at Stop Smartmeters BC.
The need for consumer choice.
People should have a right to choose whether or not they want a smartmeter at their home. Yet in many communities residents are told they have no choice and cannot refuse a meter. Or if residents are given an “opt out” they are required to pay monthly fees (in addition to the utility consumption charges) to keep the analogue meter. If you do not have any type of meter at your home (for example, some residents pay a flat fee for water) or have other questions about your options, you can find the local smartmeter advocacy group in your area at the EMF Safety Network webpage on global smartmeter groups or StopSmartmeters local group directory.
People are taking action in the US and worldwide so that citizens have consumer choice in regards to their utility meters, and there are groups formed in every area. Learn more at the resources below this post.
Communities and individuals have been successful in halting the smartmeter rollout in their area and getting analogue meters.
Some individuals were initially told they must pay to “opt out” but were successful in getting these opt-out fees dropped after litigation. For example, you can read about Josh Hart’s successful legal battle here.
“Review of some key studies, both recent and old (1971), reveals that the participants’ symptoms were the same as those reported by people exposed to radiofrequency fields emitted by devices other than smart meters. Interestingly, the vast majority of Victorian cases did not state that they had been sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) prior to exposure to the wireless meters, which points to the possibility that smart meters may have unique characteristics that lower people’s threshold for symptom development.”
“It is a well documented 92 case series that is scientifically valid. It clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from smart meter emissions. The symptoms reported in this case series closely correlate not only with the clinical findings of environmental physicians, but also with the scientific literature. Many of the symptoms reported including fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness and other symptoms have been shown to be triggered by electromagnetic field exposure under double blind, placebo controlled conditions. Symptoms in this case series also correlate with the Austrian Medical Association’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF Related Health Problems.” American Academy of Environmental Medicine Letter
The Intervenors are Jonathan Lipman AIA & Associates, Inc., an architectural
Firm, and Kathy J. Matara, both of Fairfield, Iowa. They have intervened in opposition of the smart meter (AMI) program and tariff proposed by Interstate Power & Light Company (“IPL”). They oppose (a) smart meter installations, which they and their witnesses consider to pose unacceptable health and safety risks, and unacceptable costs to consumers, and if the smart meter program goes forward, they oppose (b) the digital meter only opt out elections proposed by IPL
(rather than analog meters as an opt out choice) since Intervenors and their witnesses consider digital meters to also pose health risks from voltage transients or conducted emissions, sometimes called “dirty electricity,” (c) the various eligibility criteria to be able to opt out of a smart meter and the criteria to continue to have a meter other than a smart meter, and (d) the costs to opt out of the smart meter program. Intervenors request the rulings from the Iowa Utilities Board (the “Board”) set forth in Section X of this Brief. https://efs.iowa.gov/cs/groups/external/documents/docket/mdax/odm0/~edisp/1834911.pdf
3. SMART METERS: IOWA INTERSTATE POWER AND LIGHT (55 pages)
INTERSTATE POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY BRIEF Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL or the Company) now files its brief in support of the electric and gas tariff filings in the above-captioned docket. The Iowa Utilities Board (Board) should approve the tariff filings as in the public interest.
4. OFFICE OF CONSUMER ADVOCATE POST-HEARING BRIEF (20 pages)
The Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA), a division of the Iowa Department of Justice, files its Post-Hearing Brief in this docket.
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As Technocrats transform every segment and function of society, work will be transformed through 5G by tethering devices, AI, robotics and what’s left of actual human connections. If this isn’t the future you want, now is the time to decide how to survive it. — Technocracy News & Trends Editor Patrick Wood
The future of how we work will, in a few years, include smart glasses that transport workers into augmented or virtual reality environments, communicating with your co-workers via a hologram from anywhere in the world or relying on robots powered by artificial intelligence to help run manufacturing operations.
That’s the direction technology is headed, says Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of wireless chip firm Qualcomm. Amon, who started at Qualcomm 27 years ago as an engineer, rose through the ranks to take the top job at the San Diego-based company on June 30. Since becoming CEO, he has been working to diversify Qualcomm’s business from focusing primarily on chips for mobile phones to those used in self-driving cars, A.I.-enabled manufacturing machines and more powerful and battery-efficient laptops. He says Qualcomm’s biggest challenge now is the semiconductor industry not having enough supply to meet demand and hiring talented workers.
“Everything is becoming intelligent,” Amon said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. “We’ve been focused on providing all of the chips that go into all of those smart devices, whether it is a robot in manufacturing, whether it is a drone for agriculture, whether it’s a point of sale when in retail.”
The majority of Qualcomm’s growth is still being driven by chips for mobile phones. In the first quarter, the company reported net income of $3.4 billion on revenue of $10.71 billion, 56 percent of which came from the mobile chip business. But Amon highlighted the growth of other chip sets for connected devices, which increased nearly the same percentage as mobile chips.
Given that Qualcomm chips power many of the devices we use, we sat down with Amon to discuss how he sees technology transforming the way we will work in the future. The following interview has been edited for clarity.
Q: You announced last year that Qualcomm would implement a ‘flexible’ workplace. What does that look like now?
A: We are going to get everyone back to the office in about a couple of weeks, but different geographies may have already started. Employees wanted to keep the best of work from home, but also at the same time maintain the key elements of our culture like collaboration. People can work from home around three days in a week. Two days in a week, people are going to go into the office and every organization is going to pick one day of those two that everybody’s going to get back together at the same time.
Q: What does the future of work look like over time?
A: We think the next-generation PC for work from anywhere is going to be different and connected with 5G. We’re making improvements for augmented reality and virtual reality, as we think about a metaverse, to connect people in the office to people who are not in the office.
Q: What is the biggest technological barrier right now to making hybrid work more efficient?
A: High-performance connectivity is a very big one, especially because what we learned is work from anywhere requires high-quality video. We as a society just finally embraced video telephony as the killer application. We also need high-performance connectivity so you cannot only access information but collaborate with others. Having long battery life so you can actually do that from the cloud will also be important.
Tech at work
Q: What can tech companies like Qualcomm do to make the hybrid work transition easier for workers?
A: We have the ability to build on what we learned during the pandemic. The importance of video collaboration, for example, why not make that a hologram? More important is how can we build technology that allows people to remain productive wherever they are, not only having access to devices and in the cloud but having the ability to do that at a very high speed.
Q: How will developments in 5G change the way workers in different industries do their jobs in the future?
A: The role of 5G is very broad. 5G is the easiest way to have all your data in the cloud so everybody can access it remotely and protect all that data. 5G is changing manufacturing as you connect 5G to robots. They are now driven via the cloud, the data goes to the cloud, and you apply artificial intelligence to improve the data. 5G is changing retail, building indoor navigation systems. At many retail stores you can make an order online and somebody will handpick your product. How they navigate the store and locate everything [through in-store navigation systems requires 5G connectivity].
Q: For office workers, how will 5G change the devices needed for the future of work?
A: It’s already changing. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we announced together with Lenovo the very first ThinkPad laptop for the future of work. It is 5G-connected, and it is a laptop for the enterprise [workforce] with 28 hours of battery life. So that’s how we see the industry already adapting and building devices that are going to be needed for this work-from-anywhere environment.
All “Smart” and wireless sources (devices and infrastructure) expose us to radiation which can cause undesirable symptoms as well as serious illnesses and injuries. Manufacturers are required to provide warnings about radiation emissions from all “Smart” and wireless products; however, these warnings aren’t necessarily easy to locate or understand. In regard to the brain, research has determined that wireless exposure can disrupt the blood-brain barrier, cause it to leak, and also kill brain cells (see 1, 2). Got pets? Exposure can affect them too.
The brain is sensitive to wireless radiation exposure. Scientists consider the nervous system to be one of the primary systems impacted by wireless and electromagnetic radiation.
An NIH study made headlines in 2011 when it found cell phone radiation altered brain activity specifically in the brain regions closest to the cell phone antenna (Volkow et al., 2011).
A study on the brains of rats exposed to Wi-Fi found impacts to the miRNA in brain tissue. The researchers concluded, “Long-term exposure of 2.4 GHz RF may lead to adverse effects such as neurodegenerative diseases originated from the alteration of some miRNA expression and more studies should be devoted to the effects of RF radiation on miRNA expression levels.”
Scientists from Afe Babalola University, Nigeria exposed rats to a WI-FI device and found the exposure increased the rats anxiety level and affected their locomotor function. When the scientists then studied the brains of the rats, they also found changes in the exposed groups. The researchers concluded that, “these data showed that long term exposure to WiFi may lead to adverse effects such as neurodegenerative diseases as observed by a significant alteration on AChE gene expression and some neurobehavioral parameters associated with brain damage.” (Obajuluwa et al., 2017)
Yale Medicine researchers exposed pregnant mice to cell phone radiation and then studied the offspring. They found the mice who were exposed prenatally had poorer memory, hyperactivity and altered brains (Aldad et al 2012). “This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior,” said senior author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.
Yale’s research findings along with numerous other studies showing impacts to the brain led doctors to sign onto an educational campaign called The BabySafe Project urging pregnant women to reduce wireless exposure to minimize risks to their babies’ brain development.
The heavy metal lead is well understood as harmful to the developing brain. Researchers who investigated the combined effects of lead and cell phone radiation have found the combined exposures linked to increased symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity symptoms (Byun 2013).
Studies in both humans and animals have linked cell phone radiation and wireless exposure to memory damage.
In a Swedish study of teenagers where scientists measured the radiation dose to the brain, just one year of cell phone use was linked to memory damage (Foerster et al., 2018).
A study investigating the impact of Wi-Fi on working memory in human subjects found changes to neural activity after Wi-Fi exposure (Papageorgiou et al., 2011).
2010;Kaplan et al., 2009; Sager and Okus 2021; Meenachi et al., 2016). As just one example, a 2022 study which found cell phone radiation damaged the hippocampus of mice concluded, “our findings suggest that 2400-MHz RF-EMR cell phone radiation affects the structural integrity of the hippocampus, which would lead to behavioral changes such as anxiety… it alerts us to the possible long-term detrimental effects of exposure to RF-EMR. (Hasan et al., 2021).
What can you do?
Simple Steps To Reduce Wireless Exposure
Minimize Children’s Use: Cell phones are not toys. Limit their use of cell phones and wireless devices.
Reduce Second Hand Exposures: If parents reduce the cell phone and wireless use in their home, but choosing safety technology, they can greatly reduce their children’s exposure.
Get to Know Airplane Mode: Airplane mode is a setting that turns wireless antennas off on your cell phone or device. Be sure to ensure Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Cellular, and HotSpot antennas are also turned to OFF. The more you use this setting, the less your children are exposed.
Choose Wired Connections: You can easily swap out most wireless tech for safer corded non wireless technology. Once you know the simple steps, you can still connect to the internet, stream music and videos and talk on the phone- all with a safer non-wireless corded connection.
Increase Distance: The closer the cell phone or wireless device or router is to your child’s body, the more wireless radiation they can absorb. So keeping cell phones and wireless devices away from children will greatly decrease their exposure.
Ways you can reduce cell phone radiation exposure
Use speakerphone instead of holding the phone to your head
Do not sleep with the cell phone.
Do not carry the cell phone in a pocket or bra.
Text instead of talk or video calls.
Keep the cell phone at a distance from the body, instead of close to your chest.
Decrease apps on phone.
Turn off antennas you are not using.
Choose a wired airtube headset, instead of wireless headphones
Prefer a corded landline instead of a cell phone at home and work if possible.
Set airplane mode on with Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Cellular off more often.
Minimize your overall wireless phone use.
TIP: You can connect your cell phone to the internet via an ethernet cable and turn all wireless antennas OFF.
Reduce Radiation from Computers
Connect to the internet with a hardwired ethernet connection, instead of Wi-Fi
Use a wired keyboard, speakers and mouse, not wireless
Tablets and Laptops:
Use tablets and laptops with an ethernet connection instead of WiFi
Get an adapter if your device does not have an ethernet port.
Download content instead of streaming so kids can use the device with the WiFi off
Devices should always be on a table, not on a lap.
TIP: Set WiFi to off and airplane mode to on before handing a child a device.
Cordless DECT phones use the same type of wireless radiation as cell phones. The phone bases are always emitting wireless, even if you are not using the phone.
Get a corded, not cordless, phone.
Keep your landline if you can.
If you do not have a copper landline option, consider a VOIP and internet phone option.
Install phone lines to all rooms where you need a phone
Forward your cell phone to your landline when at home to minimize cell phone use
TIP: Buy a longer handset cord for your corded phone so you can move around the room.
Chinese aerospace firm Space Transportation said it’s developing a combination aircraft and winged rocket that will eventually be used for space tourism. The aircraft will also be used as a supersonic business jet that can link any two points on Earth, reports Space.com. The company said that a flight from Beijing to New York would only take an hour.
A CGI presentation on Space Transportation’s website shows passengers boarding a plane that is attached to a glider wing with two rocket boosters. The airplane then detaches from the wing after takeoff and flies through suborbital space. The wing and boosters then land back on the launch pad, while the aircraft proceeds to its destination, landing vertically.
A spokesperson told Chinese media that the winged rocket will have lower operational costs than “rockets carrying satellites and be faster than a traditional aircraft.” SpaceX introduced a similar concept in 2017 called “Earth to Earth,” which had been repurposed from its “BFR,” originally conceived to transport passengers to Mars. Earth to Earth was designed as city-to-city passenger transport using Starship rockets. The company hasn’t released any details about the concept since then.
The aircraft (center) is connected to a paraglider with two boosters. After launch, the pieces separate and the boosters return to the launchpad while the aircraft continues in suborbital space. Courtesy Space Transportation
Virgin Galactic last summer launched CEO Sir Richard Branson on an 11-minute suborbital flight, officially introducing the space-tourism industry to the general public. A Virgin Galactic executive told Robb Report that space tourism would be the company’s initial focus, but he also foresaw a time when the fixed-wing aircraft would serve as a supersonic commuter.
Space Transportation said last August it had raised $46.3 million for its supersonic space plane, which it claims will travel at about 2,600 mph. The company also said it had recently conducted successful test flights on rockets, called Tianxing 1 and Tianxing 2, but it did not provide information about the tests.
Space Transportation plans to conduct ground tests by 2023 before carrying out its first test flight in 2024. If development proceeds on track, it would have a crewed test flight in 2025.
The World Health Organization has signed a contract with Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) subsidiary T-Systems to build a software solution for global electronic verification of coronavirus certificates, the telecoms company said.
The QR code-based software solution will be used for other vaccinations as well, such as polio or yellow fever, T-Systems said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the WHO would support its 194 member states in building national and regional verification technology.
The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Health is a strategic growth area for T-Systems,” said T-Systems Chief Executive Officer Adel Al-Saleh.
T-Systems previously worked with SAP (SAPG.DE) to develop Germany’s Corona-Warn-App tracing and verification app and a Europe-wide digital COVID-19 vaccine verification system.
In October 2021, President Biden signed a law to help “Havana Syndrome” victims. While some continue describing “Havana Syndrome” as a “mysterious condition”, a growing list of experts continue to claim that it’s likely being caused by exposure to electromagnetic radiation and/or microwave energy (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Recently CBS 60 Minutes aired a segment confirming the microwave energy exposure theory.
Havana Syndrome: High-level national security officials stricken with unexplained illness on White House grounds
By Scott Pelley
Since 2016, U.S. government officials overseas and their families have reported sudden, unexplained, brain injuries with symptoms of vertigo, confusion and memory loss. The CIA, FBI and State Department are investigating a theory that some of these officials were injured by an unseen weapon. Who might be targeting Americans and why are unknown. Incidents have been reported in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, but our reporting has found senior national security officials who say they were stricken in Washington and on the grounds of the White House. The former officials you are about to meet are revealing their experiences for the first time. They were responsible for helping to manage threats to national security.
Olivia Troye: I covered any and all emerging threats, homeland security incidents domestically, so I covered whether it was from mass shootings to hurricanes, natural disasters…
Olivia Troye was homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to Vice President Mike Pence. She had served in the Pentagon, deployed to Iraq, served in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Counterterrorism Center. At the White House, she worked in the 19th century Eisenhower Executive Office Building beside the West Wing. In the summer of 2019, she was descending stairs, toward the White House, when she felt she had been physically struck.
Olivia Troye: But it was like this piercing feeling on the side of my head, it was like, I remember it was on the right side of my head and I got like, vertigo. I was unsteady, I was, I felt nauseous, I was somewhat disoriented, and I was just, I remember thinking, “OK you gotta—don’t fall down the stairs. You’ve gotta find your ground again and steady yourself.”
She steadied herself on a railing but the “piercing feeling” continued as she passed by an entrance to the West Wing.
Olivia Troye: It was almost like I couldn’t really process. It was like a paralyzing panic attack. I’ve never had that. I’ve never felt anything like that. And so I– you know, I– I thought to myself, “I mean, do I have a brain tumor out of the blue? Is this what happens? Am I having a stroke?”
Olivia Troye was inside the security perimeter—headed to her car. She went down the steps, past the West Wing and down the closed parking lot, used by presidents, called West Executive Avenue. Then she passed through the Secret Service gate and out to the staff parking in the Ellipse, south of the White House.
Scott Pelley: Did you ever experience anything like this again?
Olivia Troye: So not immediately. But I did again about a year later. It didn’t happen on the steps. It happened a couple times walking to my car on the Ellipse.
Scott Pelley: Tell me about those times.
Olivia Troye: It was a similar sensation. But this time it was very much the feeling of vertigo and dizziness. And I felt like I couldn’t really walk. There was sort of– it was like I had a depth perception issue where I couldn’t figure out where the ground was. And I would start walking. And I felt like I was just gonna fall right into the ground.
Troye says she didn’t report the episodes because she didn’t want to believe she was seriously ill and she worried what it would mean to her security clearance and career. After this interview she reported for the first time.
Olivia Troye: There is a human aspect of it of shame. And do you really want to admit you’re sick? Do you want to come forward and tell someone that, especially as a member of the intelligence community? I think I’m still processing all of it and thinking about, like, how many more people are like me who felt this.
It appears there are several. A senior member of the National Security Council says he was stricken in November 2020, on the same steps by the West Wing. That former official, whose incident was first reported in the New Yorker, asked us not to name him. But he described the incident to a close colleague, John Bolton, former national security adviser.
John Bolton: They had disorientation and ringing in their ears. And just a general inability to function.
Bolton told us the official said he couldn’t speak or think clearly. He was taken to an emergency room. The former official sent us a note saying that, more than a year later, “I’m still recovering and suffering from headaches and other symptoms, and have been diagnosed with two other medical conditions that are believed to be the result of the attack…” He’s still an outpatient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
John Bolton: That was a very debilitating attack. And similar to what others have reported.
Those “others” include Miles Taylor, also speaking for the first time. Taylor was deputy chief of staff and, later, chief of staff of the Trump administration Department of Homeland Security.
Miles Taylor: Your job is to oversee the roughly 250,000 men and women of the department that conduct a range of missions from aviation security to border security to cybersecurity.
Taylor told us he was hit with the same symptoms described by Olivia Troye.
Miles Taylor: It was late one night in April 2018. I’d just become deputy chief of staff of the department, taking on some additional sensitive issues at DHS, and woke up in my apartment that night, a row house on Capitol Hill, to a really strange sound.
The sound that woke Miles Taylor is a common experience reported by dozens of Americans stricken overseas.
Miles Taylor: It was sort of a chirping, somewhere between what you would think is a cricket or sort of a digital sound. I didn’t know what it was, but it was enough to wake me up. What was really strange about it is, I went to the window, opened up my window, looked down at the street. And keep in mind, Scott, this is probably 3– 3:30 in the morning and I see a white van. And the van’s brake lights turned on, and it pulled off and it sped away.
Scott Pelley: How long did it last?
Miles Taylor: This whole episode only lasted about seven to ten minutes.
Scott Pelley: How did you feel the next day?
Miles Taylor: Off. Off, not ready to go to work, you know, kinda wanting to take the day off, you know, sick.
Then, about five weeks later, Taylor says it happened again.
Miles Taylor: Next day, feeling off balance, feeling just out of it, again, those sort of concussion-like symptoms you would have from, you know, getting knocked pretty hard in a sport. And that incident stood out to me, because I was actually just getting ready to leave to go to Israel on a congressional delegation. We were going to meet the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, have some sensitive conversations with the Israelis on important cybersecurity issues. And I remember because I got to the airplane at Andrews Air Force Base to take off and thought, “I’m already nauseous. I don’t know if I can do this flight.”
Both Miles Taylor and Olivia Troye became critics of the Trump administration, but they told us that has nothing to do with what they see as a potential threat to national security. Taylor says he became alarmed by that threat in 2018 after he heard of another case like his in the Washington area.
Miles Taylor: I became aware of a U.S. government official more senior than me who’d experienced similar episodes at their place of residence.
Scott Pelley: You say more senior than you. Are you talking about a cabinet level secretary?
Miles Taylor: This was an individual that, yes, was roughly at the cabinet level in the Trump administration who had similar episodes occur. That to me, as a homeland security professional, was a big blinking red light. I mean, to me this said, “five-alarm fire.” We may have ongoing activity targeting U.S. government officials here in our country.
Scott Pelley: Who was it?
Miles Taylor: I can’t say the individual outta respect for, you know, their privacy. I’ll leave it at that. But someone senior enough to say, this is more than just a fluke.
More than a fluke, a pattern across two administrations. Recent injuries among U.S. officials were reported in Vienna, Austria—ahead of a trip by the vice president to Vietnam and in India during a visit by the director of the CIA. In 2019, during a visit by President Trump to London, two members of John Bolton’s national security staff became ill in a hotel.
John Bolton: And that it was on the floor where we’d completely taken up with personnel from the White House and White House agencies struck me as being pretty good evidence of a deliberate attack.
Scott Pelley: You believe it was an attack?
John Bolton: I don’t think there’s any other hypothesis when you begin to look at the number and the pattern that we’ve experienced.
Bolton says, months later, one of those staff members hurt in London said she was overcome, again, walking her dog in the Washington area. We have found, she is not the only one who says they were attacked abroad and, later, at home.
Scott Pelley: You must have thought that when you were home in America that you were safe?
Robyn Garfield: I’ll tell you, when I landed from China, I literally was kissing the ground.
We met Robyn Garfield in 2019. He’s a Commerce Department official who told us that he, his wife and two children were repeatedly hit in China.
Scott Pelley: Your daughter was literally falling down?
Robyn Garfield: Yes, she fell down multiple times a day.
They were evacuated and enrolled in a State Department treatment program at the University of Pennsylvania. Recently, Garfield told us his family was hit again during their year of treatment in Philadelphia.
Robyn Garfield: My wife catapulted out of bed and sprinted down the hallway to check the children without any word. And she came back, and she told me that an extremely loud, painful, sound had woken her up.
So, they moved to a hotel where Garfield says it happened again.
Robyn Garfield: And we woke up around I believe 2:00 a.m. with strange vibrations in our bodies, and a sound.
Which led Garfield to check on his children, in another room.
Robyn Garfield: I saw an extremely eerie scene where both were thrashing in their beds– asleep. But both kicking and moving pretty aggressively. And I went over to my daughter, and I put my head down next to her head. And I heard a very distinct sound, just right there sort of like water rushing. So, I picked her up, took her and put her with my wife, and I came back and I checked my son. Same sound just right next to his head. So, I picked him up, put him on my shoulder, walked over to my wife and I said, “We’re getting out of here.”
Garfield reported this to the FBI. Today, his family is posted abroad where they continue to work to improve balance, eyesight and memory.
Robyn Garfield: This is the most difficult aspect of this whole issue for me are the children who’ve been impacted, both mine as well as many others. I personally know the parents of, I believe, eight other children. I can tell you I’ve personally seen balance issues in children that have never had that. Trouble with finding their words, stuttering. And then continuing challenges around vision. One of the things that we have heard from some parents is that these are manifesting in the classroom in real, tangible ways.
Persistent neurological symptoms are not the only fight these Americans have faced. Some of their early reports were dismissed as psychosomatic, or illnesses connected to an infection or exposure to pesticides. Some were told that they were suffering the effect of old sports injuries. One theory had it that the sound these victims heard during the incidents was actually a particular species of cicada.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: It was rough. It was rough in the beginning. It was a dark place to be. We were kinda shoved aside and they wanted it to go away.
This man is among those who fought for recognition. He’s one of the first cases, from 2016. Americans assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Cuba say they and their families were struck at home, frequently, in the night. He remembers the first time.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: And that night all the dogs started kicking off, in the neighborhood barking, which was very unusual for them all to go in chorus. And then this just loud sound just absolutely filled my room. It felt like my head was slowly starting to get crushed.
We agreed not to use his name. He is not allowed to say what federal agency he worked for.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: And then the severe ear pain started. So, I liken it to if you put a Q-tip too far and you bounce it off your eardrum. Well, imagine taking a sharp pencil and just kinda poking that. It was very jarring and painful. And eventually, I started blacking out.
With the first public reports coming from Cuba the affliction became known as “Havana Syndrome.” More than two dozen embassy officials reported injury, but an early FBI report speculated it was all mass hysteria. His brain injuries left him disabled, essentially retired, at the age of 36. A weighted vest helps him balance. His service dog helps with walking and his loss of vision.
Scott Pelley: Legally blind in one eye?
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Correct. Yeah.
Scott Pelley: What have the doctors told you?
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: It’s not the eye, it’s the wiring.
Scott Pelley: What do you mean?
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: The eye function as itself is completely correct and appropriate. It’s the signal that comes out the back of the eye into the brain, is where the problems are. And no one really knows how to fix that.
He is speaking tonight, for the first time, to put an end to doubt.
Scott Pelley: You have not wanted to do this interview.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: No. This is probably one of my worst nightmares.
Scott Pelley: Why is that?
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: I didn’t do my job because I want to be known. I did my job because I love my country. And I was good at it. God, and I miss my job. I’m here because I’m tired of the gaslighting that keeps happening from the US government. I’m tired of this yo-yoing. Because I’m watching new colleagues and friends that I’ve trained with, and friends that I’ve known for years that are being sent to these countries and coming back a shell of their former selves. We need to help them, and we need to stop this.
Brain injuries suffered by U.S. officials in Washington and abroad are the focus of an intense investigation. After starting with around one thousand possible cases, a CIA task force has zeroed in on about two dozen that cannot be explained. The task force, which includes the FBI, is led by a CIA officer who helped find Osama bin Laden. The new director of the CIA, William Burns, told us one thing is already clear: after early disbelief, these injured Americans can no longer be doubted.
William Burns: In my first week as director, I began what had become dozens and dozens of meetings with affected officers and family members. And I found their stories to be powerful and compelling and sometimes heartbreaking.
Bill Burns had heard those stories from CIA officers who reported injury since 2016, but this past fall, while on an official visit to India, a member of his staff was stricken in their hotel. Later, Burns personally escorted that staff member to medical evaluations.
Scott Pelley: It seems that the Delhi incident might have been intended to send you a message.
William Burns: I don’t know. And as I said, I can’t comment on individual cases here as well. All I can tell you is that each story I’ve heard, each officer I’ve met with who’s been affected by this, just redoubles my commitment and my determination on this issue.
Bill Burns served six presidents at the State Department, rising to the highest rank in the foreign service. He took over the CIA for President Biden, last spring.
William Burns: Early on, I tripled the number of full-time medical personnel working on this issue. We streamlined access to Walter Reed, established new partnerships with other world-class medical providers, increased the number of case managers. And we’re also making progress on the investigative side as well.
Progress on the investigative side came, this month, with a report on the nature of the brain injury.
Dr. David Relman helped lead two government panels that investigated the injuries. He’s a professor of medicine at Stanford University.
Dr. David Relman: What we found was, we thought clear evidence of an injury to the auditory and vestibular system of the brain. Everything, starting with the inner ear where humans perceive sound and sense balance and then translate those perceptions into brain electrical signals.
Dr. Relman’s committees focused on one subset of patients whose experiences seemed inexplicable.
Dr. David Relman: This subset of cases had a very unusual, so-called acute sensory event, an experience that consisted of the abrupt onset of intense pressure or vibration in the face or head sometimes with the abrupt onset of sound.
Sound, like that described by the officials who spoke to us.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: And then this just loud sound just absolutely filled my room.
This former official, who we agreed not to name, recorded the sound at his home in Havana. Understand that the sound does not cause the injury, it is a byproduct. Like the sound of a gun which is not what does the harm.
The injured officials we spoke with said the sound or a feeling of pressure came from one direction and focused in one location.
Miles Taylor: It was a continuous sound and one that only changed based on my location.
Dr. David Relman: They left, it dissipated. They returned, it recurred. That to us was something that we had never heard of, we could not explain by known medical or environmental conditions, and to us deserved our special attention in an effort to understand what might be the plausible mechanism.
That mechanism, Dr. Relman’s committees concluded, was most likely “pulsed electromagnetic energy.” In other words, a focused beam of microwaves fired from a distance.
James Benford: I think the best explanation, the most plausible, is that it’s a high-power microwave weapon.
James Benford is a physicist and leading authority on microwaves. He was not part of the government studies, but he co-wrote the book on microwave transmission. These are portable microwave transmitters of the kind that could damage the tissues of the brain.
James Benford: There are many kinds, and they can go anywhere in size from a suitcase all the way up to a large tractor-trailer unit. And the bigger the device, the longer the range.
Scott Pelley: This would be able to transmit its microwave energy through the wall of a van, the wall of a home, something like that?
James Benford: Vans have windows, microwaves go through glass. They go through brick. They go through practically everything.
The technology, Benford told us, has been studied for more than 50 years.
James Benford: It’s been developed widely in, perhaps, a dozen countries. The primary countries are the United States, Russia and China.
Dr. David Relman: The implications of a mechanism like that suggest something different about the world now involving the loss of norms. Humans were affected in a serious fashion and for that very reason alone we have to understand this better.
The investigation is also trying to understand who could be behind this and their motive. Microwaves can be a tool for spies. Some devices are capable of collecting data, remotely, from phones and computers whatever is causing the brain injuries, a CIA interim report, last month, said there is no evidence of a massive, global, campaign to attack americans.
Scott Pelley: The interim CIA report last month said, “We assess it unlikely that a foreign actor, including Russia, is conducting a sustained, worldwide campaign harming U.S. personnel with a weapon or a mechanism.” Do you mean to say that no one was harmed by a hostile actor?
William Burns: Not at all. The intelligence community assesses now that there’s not a single cause that– it would explain the more than 1,000 incidents that have been reported since Havana in 2016. We’ve also not yet been able to link a foreign state actor or an external device or mechanism to any of those cases.
Scott Pelley: This is the world’s preeminent intelligence agency. Why is this so hard to figure out?
William Burns: It’s a very complicated issue you know, dealing with a whole range of incidents which have, you know, different kinds of explanations for them as well. It’s a very charged issue emotionally as well. I understand that very clearly. And that’s what, you know, makes me even more determined not only to ensure people get the care that they deserve, but also that we get to the bottom of this.
Former national security adviser John Bolton fears there is a threat to the highest levels of government—given the two national security officials who say they were overcome on West Executive Avenue by the West Wing inside the White House gates.
John Bolton: If we were at war and an adversary could disable the president and his top advisors, or commanders in the field. It could render us extraordinarily vulnerable. We don’t know that that’s the threat we’re facing. But I would much rather focus on finding out the answer now, rather than finding out later when it may be too late.
Former Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor says he believes he was targeted in two mysterious incidents at his Washington home.
Miles Taylor: Someone is trying to send us a message that they can strike blows against us and we can’t strike back. That line being crossed into the United States takes this in some ways just shy of the realm of warfare.
Scott Pelley: Is the national security structure in danger of being incapacitated during a time of crisis?
William Burns: No, I don’t think that’s the case.
Scott Pelley: But if people are being overcome on West Executive Avenue, is that an indication that the White House and its grounds are no longer safe?
William Burns: No. I don’t believe that’s the case. What it is an indication of is that we need to take each of these reported incidents very seriously. And as a government– and this is a government-wide effort– to pour the very best resources we have into this.
Scott Pelley: What line is crossed if a hostile actor is doing this in Washington, D.C.?
William Burns: Oh, that– that would be a pretty profound line to be crossed if in fact that were the case; if we were ever able to develop concrete evidence that that were the case. But we do not have evidence of that at this point.
Scott Pelley: You understand how frustrating your comments must be to some of these people who believe they know exactly what happened to them, on what day and at what time, and what happened to their children. And yet, the director of the CIA is saying we can’t connect the dots. We don’t know enough yet.
William Burns: we’re not at a position yet where we can offer hard evidence that would connect all those dots. But as I said, we’re not done yet. We still have a lotta work to do. And what I’ve said directly to a number of those officers is my promise, is that I am absolutely committed to exhausting every alternative so that we can provide the kind of answers that we owe them.
This past summer in Geneva, President Biden raised the issue with Russian President Putin. The Russians deny they’re involved. The Secret Service declined to comment on White House security. The iron gates of West Executive Avenue, by the West Wing, went up in 1951 after the attempted assassination of Harry Truman. Seventy years later, there is evidence the gates may have been breached by an invisible threat.
Produced by Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados. Associate producers, Tadd J. Lascari and Emily Gordon. Broadcast associate, Michelle Karim. Edited by Daniel J. Glucksman and April Wilson.
When people who are not American diplomats and their family members experience similar symptoms and injuries reported by “Havana Syndrome” victims after they are exposed to sources of electromagnetic radiation and microwave energy, this is often referred to as Microwave Sickness, Radiation Sickness, Electromagnetic Sensitivity (ES) and/or Electromagnetic Hypersensivity (EHS). As more government workers report experiencing symptoms of “Havana Syndrome” andfile lawsuits, the connection to EHS, ES, Microwave Sickness, and/or Radiation Sickness becomes more obvious to scientists and countless others.
In the meantime, “Havana Syndrome” victims will probably continue to make headlines while other Americans experiencing EHS and related sicknesses from cell towers (4G and 5G) as well as other common sources will continue to be ignored and/or marginalized (see 1, 2, 3).
Activist Post reports regularly about “Havana Syndrome”, ES, EHS, Microwave Sickness, Radiation Sickness, and unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
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