By Patricia Burke
Sometimes, we learn to associate a phrase with a trauma…for example, sites of mass shootings or natural disasters, like Sandy Hook Elementary School, Hurricane Sandy, or Pompeii.
Those living in Boston in 1989 not only remember a horrific crime, but the discomforting realization that through prejudice, a community at large can be an unwitting perpetrator.
In 1989, in Boston, Charles Stuart made a frantic call to 911, stating that his wife had been shot. “The killing of Carol Stuart, who was pregnant at the time, on October 23, 1989, had touched off a national outrage when Charles Stuart told authorities that the couple had been robbed and shot by an African American man while driving through a poor Boston neighborhood.” “The crime was the biggest story in Boston that day and even led some national newscasts. Across the country, the story was portrayed as an example of what could happen to affluent people traveling through bad neighborhoods. In many papers, liberal policies were attacked and held responsible for the tragedy. Carol Stuart died, and although doctors were able to save her baby temporarily, the child also died days later. Charles Stuart underwent intestinal surgery for 10 hours, but his life was not endangered.” “In December, Willie Bennett, an African American ex-con, was arrested after his nephew jokingly bragged that he was responsible. Stuart picked Bennett out of a lineup in which the others were all clean-cut Boston police officers.” This was the last straw for Matthew Stuart, who had assisted his brother in carrying out the scheme.”[i]
Charles Stuart had in fact shot and killed his own wife and their unborn child. Bostonians were left with the terrible realization that everyone had accepted the premise that the wealthy, white couple had been shot – in a poor neighborhood, by a black man.
When Prejudice and Scapegoating Prevails
After the fact, there have been other examples of course corrections, where individuals have been scapegoated, though abuses of power and/or prevailing sentiment, with the truth unfolding later. For example, men and women who have stepped forward to confront perpetrators are often not believed, until the issue reaches a point of critical mass, in communities, in companies, in churches. In the meantime, those individuals offer suffer. Families have been torn apart; sometimes, the courts and the mental health system have been inadvertently complicit, for example, removing custody of a child because a parent is presumed to be unfit.
Those aligned with the falsehood are often left with remorse and regret much later, wishing they could have chosen differently.
When Science Courts Industry, Science is Fiction
Fast forward to 2021, and the “science” regarding radio frequency exposures is firmly controlled by the equivalent of a crime syndicate know as ICNIRP, The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.[ii], [iii] ICNIRP’s safety focus is human exposure limits. Those experiencing physical harm are routinely dismissed as tin-foil hats and nocebos.
On the basis of pro-industry pro-military “expertise,” many decision-makers have disregarded input from constituents.
Those not engaged in corruption have the right, and the opportunity, to be increasingly concerned, and to investigate further. They may be inadvertently causing harm via false beliefs. Science evolves in the face of new evidence. Science can devolve also, with terrible, unintended consequences, (for example, placing the gas tank at the rear of a Ford Pinto.) In an age of accelerated experimentation, there can be many negative consequences, especially when early warnings are treated as collateral damage.
“We Didn’t Start the Fire” – Billy Joel
In addition to health, another inadequately monitored “safety” question regarding 5G, small cells, smart meters,[iv] and other wireless infrastructure is the issue of … fires.
Fire risk is not being addressed, in part, because the industry has its own scapegoat – 5G opponents, portrayed by the media “ intelligence”, and industry as terrorists and arsonists.
Brooklyn Bridge vs. Golden Gate Bridge, One of These Fires Would Not Be Like the Other
In April, 2021, as reported by the Environmental Health Trust, “A fire broke out on the roof of a Brooklyn New York apartment….” “According to some reports, the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction of a cell tower on the roof of the building.”[v]
In the picture, we see a brick building in one of the two cities in the United States where buildings are wired in conduit.[vi]
What might have happened had the fire occurred in drought-ridden, fire prone California?
As noted by the Environmental Health Trust, “More transmitting cell antennas in a community will increase the fire danger/risk. 5G/4G wireless facilities bring industrial equipment with electrical equipment into residential neighborhoods. Poles loaded with electrical equipment bring fire risks. Yet, telecom and the power companies are largely unregulated with minimal oversight in regards to fire risk.”[vii].
The industry and the media have had a heyday assigning blame for cell tower fires to conspiracy theorists. What has not been reported is evidence of investigation, arrests, trials, and convictions of individuals with a longstanding advocacy for EMF/RF/5G safety inquiry.
In her article in the International Business Times, Devra Davis of the Environmental Health Trust expressed the sentiments of most 5G opponents advocating to protect human health, human rights, and the environment. [viii]
“In addition to fire risk, 5G will increase ambient levels of wireless radiofrequency radiation. Peer-reviewed research has demonstrated a myriad of adverse effects from wireless radiofrequency radiation including increased brain cancer, DNA damage, oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, altered brain development, damaged reproduction, sleep changes, hyperactivity, and memory damage.”[ix]
Although the industry is loath to discuss it, brain damage is exactly what was discovered in firefighters with cell antennas on their rooftops.[x]
Two questions raised by Katie Singer of Electronic Silent Spring:[xi]
Did a professional engineer (PE) evaluate and certify any of these projects’ safety before they went live?
Who carries liability for damages—the landowner, the telecom corporation, both or neither?
In the meantime, legislators are passing bills right and left to expedite co-locating more antennas on more poles in more neighborhoods.
When Ethics Lead and Address the Power of the Lie
When utility employees attempted to warn about the fire risks of smart meters, they lost their jobs.[xii] When fire captains raised issues, they were ignored. Whistleblowers are helpful, but as long as the masses continue to ridicule and dismiss those advocating caution, monitoring, and evidence-based decision making, decision-based evidence making will prevail.
Unchecked manipulation of the power dynamics of perpetrator, victim, accuser, abuser can result in unchecked horror.
When Willie Bennett was arrested for killing Pamela Stuart and her unborn child, Matthew Stuart reached his breaking point. He was unwilling to allow the power of the lie to continue. We can all stop the power of the falsehoods, prejudice, dismissal, and ridicule from continuing. We need not be complicit.
Get un-smartified, get wise, and get wired.
See compilations of cell antenna installation fires, with videos, news reports, and photos here:
Smart Meter Fires:
You can read the rest of this May Day series HERE and find Patricia Burke’s entire archive HERE.
Patricia Burke works with activists across the country and internationally calling for new biologically-based microwave radio frequency exposure limits.She is based in Massachusetts and can be reached at stopsmartmetersMASS@gmail.com.
TOP IMAGE: Welding causes cell tower fire. Sanford, FL, August 24, 2013 https://insidetowers.com/sanford-florida-cell-tower-no-longer-a-risk/ Source: insidetowers.com
[ii] ICNIRP’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST Courtesy Susan Foster: A critical tool in Telecom Industry’s playbook is taking over regulatory agencies. They have done that in the United States with the FCC and in Europe with ICNIRP. Two documents have come out of Europe in the last 6 years on conflict of interest at ICNIRP. The 2020 version just came out by two members of the European Parliament, Dr. Klaus Buchner of Germany and Michele Rivasi of France. Gratefully, they provided an English translation.
The second, an excellent document written about ICNIRP conflicts of interest by a Spanish cell tower group, AVAATE, was released in 2015.
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection: Conflicts of interest , corporate capture and the push for 5G https://www.avaate.org/IMG/pdf/escrito_web_icnirp_ingles_final.pdf
A brief overview by Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., on the Buchner/Rivasi document cited above.
The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection: Conflicts of interest, corporate capture and the push for 5G June 2020 | Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D. | Safer EMR (NB, at the link, scroll down for more articles about ICNIRP standards.)
ICNIRP’s Principal Patron: Germany Provided 70-80% of Its Support in Each of Last Three Years June 25, 2020 | Microwave News The German government is the main sponsor of ICNIRP, the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.”The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), which is the bureaucratic parent of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), has contributed 70-80% of ICNIRP’s annual income in each of the last three years. This does not include revenue from the sale of books and fees to attend workshops….” https://microwavenews.com/short-takes-archive/germany-supports-icnirp
The Lies Must Stop Disband ICNIRP Facts Matter, Now More Than Ever April 9th, 2020 | Microwave News
“Time To Clean House. This cannot go on. The first step is for ICNIRP, Mike Repacholi’s bastard child, to be disbanded. The Swedish panel should also be dissolved and reconstituted with a more balanced membership. Indeed, all expert committees should be broadened to include those who allow that more than RF tissue heating may be at work. But most important: The lies and distortions must stop. Otherwise, confusion and conspiracy theories will continue to run rampant. The net result is that the entire RF research enterprise will lack credibility, which, unfortunately, is the objective of many of the leading players.”
IGNORE ICNIRP Nov. 14th, 2019 Video statements from some of the leading EMR scientists about the inadequacy of ICNIRP’s standards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPuMc_2KleA&feature=youtu.be
The ICNIRP Cartel and the 5G Mass Experiment Feb. 15th, 2019 | Joel Moskowitz | Electromagnetic Radiation Safety “As part of a project called, “The 5G Mass Experiment,” Investigate Europe, a team of investigative journalists from the European Union (EU), examined the risks of deployment of 5G, the fifth generation of mobile phone technology, and the adequacy of electromagnetic field (EMF) safety guidelines promoted by the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).To date, the team has published six articles in major newspapers and magazines in five EU countries: Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal. Investigate Europe alleges the existence of an ‘ICNIRP cartel.’ The journalists identified a group of fourteen scientists who either helped create, or defend, the EMF exposure guidelines disseminated by ICNIRP, a non- governmental organization (NGO) based in Germany.”
[iii] ICNIRP resources courtesy Kate Kheel Stop5GInternational https://mailchi.mp/stop5ginternational/next-global-5g-protest-day-sept-26-resources-actions-information
[v] FIRE ON ROOFTOP WITH CELL ANTENNAS IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK https://ehtrust.org/firecell-tower-brooklyn-new-york/
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