* Spherical-Cow-Concept - Denial of permit to antennas - Wireless Antennas - Public Hearing - No one is exempt from the radiation from antennas - Deny permit to antennas - Microwave, Chemical, Acoustic Weapons - Troubling Questions - Powerful microwave weapon painfully heats up human skin - Nonlethal weapons have fatal flaws that stand in the way of their being widely fielded - Humvee-mounted prototype utilizes a powerful millimeter-wave beam that penetrates skin - Heats water molecules and produces intolerable pain - Research to determine whether exposure causes long-term cellular damage or cancer - Bioeffects in humans including vulnerable civilian bystanders ? Concerns about the legality of new laser pulsed energy projectile weapons - Deployment of controversial capabilities in secret - Ignoring dangerous implications of opening a Pandora's box (7/01/04)

SPHERICAL-COW-CONCEPT and how to wake-up the judicial myopia?

* Has been requested in Luxembourg the day 24.2.2003 to the European
Commission and to the WHO

Mobile phone “do nothing” to protect from potential health risks


1. phone safety should “do more” to protect from potential health risks?.

2. false-health-basis: SPHERICAL-COW-CONCEPT
Omega: see under http://www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/spherical%20_cow_concept.doc

3. How to wake up the judicial myopia?

Message from Dr Miguel Muntané


Thanks for your support
Dear Fellows:

I would like to thank members of the international community for their
support and solidarity. Last week, I posted a message and asked visitors
to this site send letters of support to our local newspaper, Berkeley
Daily Planet. This is a progressive newspaper that has gained popularity
in Berkeley, California. In today's issue, there is a letter from The
Hague, NL that urges the denial of permit to Sprint antennas in the
upcoming public hearing on January 20. This is very encouraging.

If you wish to send a Letter to the Editor, here is the address:


Also many thanks to those who sent e-mails to our city officials.



Public Hearing: An Invitation - Wireless Antennas
Dear Friends and Neighbors:

I hope all is well with you. Most probably you know about the neighbors
of 1600 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California, who have been fighting
Sprint antennas proposed on the roof of Starbucks Cafe and Barney's
Restaurant on Cedar. The public hearing to decide on the antennas is on:

Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 7:00 PM

Hearing will be held in:

Old City Hall
2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
City Council Chambers - Second Floor
Berkeley, CA

Please come to the hearing to support the neighbors. Note that no one is
exempt from the radiation from these antennas. There are already more
than 300 antennas in Berkeley and cell-phone companies keep on applying
for new antennas; for instance, application for antennas on French Hotel
has been filed. If you would like to know about the health problems of
the radiation from wireless base-station antennas, please let me know. I
can provide you a recent paper published in a peer-reviewed medical
journal in 2003. The paper shows health problems of people who live near
wireless antennas in a city in Spain.

There is an effective way to show your opposition to these antennas.
Please write to Mayor Tom Bates and Council Members and urge them to
deny permit to these antennas. Believe me, there are already many
antennas in Berkeley or in your town. Here are the e-mail addresses you

mayor@ci.berkeley.ca.us (Mayor Tom Bates)
gourmetghetto@yahoo.com (our database)

I greatly appreciate your support.

Best regards,

Shahram Shahruz


Microwave, Chemical, Acoustic Weapons: Troubling Questions

Pulling Punches

Big plans for futuristic, nonlethal weapons are afoot, but their use
would raise troubling questions

By William M. Arkin,
a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail:

January 4, 2004

SOUTH POMFRET, Vt. -- Will 2004 bring a kinder, gentler American
soldier? A California company has delivered a prototype nonlethal
acoustic weapon for use in ship security. A powerful microwave weapon
that painfully heats up human skin but doesn't kill is ready for
deployment to protect soldiers and installations against intruders and
mobs. Lasers and other intense light weapons that temporarily blind are
being developed to subdue suspects. New incapacitating chemical weapons
that could put the occupants of an entire apartment building to sleep
are being created in laboratories.

The days of lethal force are certainly not over. But, boosted by the war
on terrorism and the demands of the guerrilla war in Iraq, the
development of new and exotic nonlethal weapons has gotten a huge lift.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld recently approved a new research
and development program that features such weapons prominently.
Rumsfeld's director of "force transformation," retired Adm. Arthur
Cebrowski, has said publicly he believes the department needs to vastly
increase spending on nonlethal weapons. And the director of readiness
for special operations forces told an industry gathering before
Christmas that nonlethal weapons were needed for stopping vehicles that
might contain suicide bombers, for clearing facilities without entering
them and for incapacitating dangerous persons.

Yet with all of the high-level support and the new mission demands,
nonlethal weapons have two fatal flaws that will ultimately stand in the
way of their being widely fielded. First, the Bush administration has
adopted a markedly lethal approach to the war on terror. Second, even
where a nonlethal weapon might be useful in Iraq or elsewhere, its use
could backfire in the broader battle to win over hearts and minds.

The modern era of nonlethal weapons began after the Gulf War in 1991,
when military futurists started advocating the development of weapons
aimed at disabling enemy capabilities without harming civilians or
damaging property. When the Clinton administration came to office, the
weapons were seen as natural tools for the then-growing peacekeeping
missions in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Noncontroversial types of
nonlethal weapons were deployed, including pepper spray, rubber bullets,
beanbag rounds and new and better riot gear.

But in the case of exotic "directed energy" technologies (such as laser,
sound-wave and microwave weapons), the technologies were not as capable
as advocates had promised, and concerns about human rights and legality
slowed development. Meanwhile, many in the conventional military
questioned the efficacy of such "wonder weapons."

When President Bush took office, advocates of nonlethal weapons believed
they would finally be given the support they needed. The administration
committed itself from the beginning to reinventing the military for the
21st century. But then the events of Sept. 11 and the immediate needs of
a military fighting a war pushed the actual deployment of futuristic new
weaponry further into the future. The Iraq war came and went without the
debut of a widely discussed "E-bomb" that would fry Saddam Hussein's
electronic capabilities. In Iraq, as in Afghanistan, lethal weapons,
together with skillful employment of special forces and intelligence,
proved to be the centerpiece of the American fighting capability.

Still, as is common with many parts of the vast Pentagon bureaucracy,
the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate created by Congress in 1996 to
focus primarily on peacekeeping continued to provide seed money to a
variety of projects. With a significant budget increase after Sept. 11
and almost a decade of tinkering in research laboratories, the
directorate now says nonlethal weapons are "at a crossroads." The
program, it says, is moving forward "beyond the rubber bullet modality"
into exotic new capabilities.

The most promising new capability, according to military sources, is the
"active denial system," a euphemism for a microwave weapon that could
stop would-be attackers from advancing. A Humvee-mounted prototype
utilizes a powerful millimeter-wave beam that penetrates skin to a depth
of about 1/64th of an inch, heating water molecules and producing what a
Marine Corps legal opinion calls "intolerable pain." Proponents say the
beam would stop or turn back individuals at a distance exceeding that of
small arms range, and could be used to protect installations from
infiltration as well as to flush out insurgents during offensive operations.

Last year, the Marine Corps produced an "acceptability plan" for
deploying active denial weapons, arguing that the weapons were legal and
asserting that their use would produce no "undesirable human effects …
in the short or long term." The military is now funding research to
determine whether exposure causes long-term cellular damage or cancer.

Every potential American weapon is reviewed to determine its biological
effects and its compliance with international law. Perhaps in this
regard the most controversial nonlethal weapons are designer chemical
warfare agents that can tranquilize or incapacitate individuals and
crowds, or smell so foul that they instantly repel people. A sense of
what such weapons could do was seen in October 2002 when Russian special
forces used an incapacitating gas to try to free more than 700 hostages
being held by Chechen rebels in a Moscow theater. The 41 terrorists were
all killed. But the dose used was more dangerous than expected and 129
civilians also died.

Immediate questions were raised both about the propriety of using such
agents around civilians and about the legality of such chemicals.
Chemical weapons are prohibited by international convention, though they
can be used for domestic law enforcement purposes. This irony of this
drew Rumsfeld's scorn during a congressional hearing. "We are doing our
best to live within the straitjacket that has been imposed on us," he
said. He decried the possible scenario in Iraq where "our forces are
allowed to shoot somebody and kill them, but they're not allowed to use
a nonlethal riot-control agent under the law." Such agents aren't yet
ready for use in Iraq, although in certain military missions, such as
handling prisoners of war and protecting U.S. forces against attack,
there is widespread recognition that great potential exists for
nonlethal weapons.

This has been particularly the case since the October 2000 attack on the
U.S. guided missile destroyer Cole in Yemen. For protection of ships
against terrorists, the Navy is testing an acoustic weapon that was
delivered in 2003. San Diego-based American Technology Corp. developed
the prototype for a powerful focused sound beam the size of a satellite
dish that allows sailors to signal approaching boats and then deliver a
debilitating ultrasonic beam if intruders get too close.

Other acoustic and microwave weapons are also under development. Defense
industry researchers have designed a variety of lasers and
high-intensity light sources that temporarily blind, and the Joint
Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate recently increased the budget for the
so-called Clear-A-Space mission that aims to develop a brilliant flash,
dazzling light or noise source that will, without harming them, compel
people to move out of a space (such as an aircraft passenger compartment).

For all of these weapons, Pentagon budget documents refer to a
"rheostatic" capability. This means a graduation of effects from merely
annoying to incapacitating to lethal. But this desire for a variety of
effects has also made it difficult to develop the proper degree of
offensive capability with predictable and repeatable bioeffects in
humans, including vulnerable civilian bystanders.

To the military's credit, a number of nonlethal weapons ideas, such as
blinding lasers or electromagnetic pulse weapons, have been abandoned
because they were deemed too dangerous or could not be reliably employed
and controlled. Rumsfeld's general counsel has raised concerns about the
legality of a new laser weapon called a "pulsed energy projectile" that
is favored by the Joint Directorate.

The legality of a weapon, and how it is perceived, is vitally important
to military commanders and policymakers. One argument made by
nonlethal-weapons proponents is that such weapons are politically more
acceptable than lethal force. Yet if at the same time the public
perceives that the United States is using weapons that cause unnecessary
suffering or are humiliating in their effects, the purpose is defeated.

The Pentagon recognizes this tricky balancing act. The latest program
request for nonlethal weapons, obtained by The Times, speaks of a need
to "exploit observed anxiety of adversaries when faced with advanced,
unconventional weapons whose effects are more challenging" while at the
same time "making disjunctive participants *in a crowd* more receptive
to the message and will of *American* forces." The next generation of
weapons, the classified program document says, will combine "silent" and
"invisible" engagement "to minimize the 'CNN Effect' " and support U.S.
psychological and foreign policy objectives.

Before Sept. 11, nonlethal-weapons proponents thought the Bush
administration would provide them carte blanche to pursue their dream.
But the terrorists who attacked the U.S. complicated things. Now their
biggest challenge is convincing the military leadership that what they
need is a new gizmo. Few have the stomach to make the sensitive
battleground of the war on terrorism a laboratory to test unproven
weapons. The danger ahead is that Rumsfeld and company will approve the
deployment of controversial capabilities in secret, ignoring the
dangerous implications of opening a Pandora's box to achieve what could
be marginal military advantage.

Copyright 2004 Los Angeles Times

Informant: kevcross5


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'Our guy' for Iraq may end up biting us

Bush aims to dodge tough poll issues

Bush & Democracy Hypocrisy

Why the ' weapons of mass deception' are a death sentence for democracy

In Bush's America, Rules of War Trump Civil Law

Private agendas provide distraction from world's real priorities

United States Militarism, Global Instability and Environmental Destruction

Britain's Real Role in the World

Rest of world gets sick of propping up Bush's deficit

How the war machine is driving the US economy

Judges who oppose Ashcroft's policies find an ally

Credibility And Virginity

George W. Bush: Words vs. Deeds

The novelist who came in from the Cold War

 From Information Clearing House


Two Loud Words: Bush Knew


The Next War

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