* Devon Police Radio fears to be aired at conference - Ban on cellphone use by young drivers urged - Latest update including FEMU database - O.T. themes (6/6/03)


12:00 - 13 May 2003

Devon police officers' fears over a new emergency communications system
are to be highlighted at a national conference today. Steve Pearce,
chairman of the Devon and Cornwall branch of the Police Federation,
which represents hundreds of rank and file officers, says more research is
needed before the new Tetra system is introduced.

The police constable, who is in Blackpool for the federation's annual
three-day conference starting today, said: "Our roll-out of masts has
been delayed until the spring of 2005 because of the anti-mast campaign,
so we do have a comfort zone.

"My concern, and that of the federation, is for the health of officers
across Devon and Cornwall and that is the stance we are taking."

The Police Federation says some officers elsewhere in the country have
reported headaches and nausea after using radios linked to the Tetra
system. It believes its members are being used as guinea pigs.

"We are calling for further research and closer monitoring of officers
using the system," said Mr Pearce.

"Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has been at the forefront of
raising concerns over health risks in Tetra."

Plans to introduce the Tetra radio masts in Devon were last year put on
ice until 2005 because of the strength of public opinion.

Airwave, the company responsible for installing the new mobile phone
transmitters, confirmed the delay was due to the number of petitions
against its planning applications, mainly on health grounds.

Campaigners welcome the delay because it will enable them to gather more

Devon and Cornwall police would have been one of the first forces to use
the new Tetra system, but are now likely to be among the last.

The Echo's Shock Waves campaign has highlighted many of the public
protests against the Tetra masts, including:

Plans for a mast in Casely Woods, Lustleigh, which the Dartmoor National
Park Authority refused on the grounds of visual impact;

An application for a Tetra mast at Moretonhampstead Fire Station, which
was withdrawn by communications firm mmO2 (UK) Ltd, after the fire
service said it did not want the masts on its land - Devon Fire
Authority later banned masts and aerials from its stations;

Firm mm02 being asked to submit new plans for an alternative site for a
45ft-high mast alongside the new A30 at Gittisham, near Honiton;

Residents in Pennsylvania currently fighting an application to install
additional equipment on a police mast.


Informant: Reinhard Rueckemann

Ban on cellphone use by young drivers urged

By Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters, 6/4/2003

WASHINGTON -- Young drivers should not be allowed to use cellphones when
they get behind the wheel, US traffic safety officials said yesterday
after reviewing a fatal crash involving a 20-year-old who was on a
mobile phone when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle.

The Feb. 1, 2002, accident on the Capital Beltway outside Washington
killed five people, including the driver, who had purchased the SUV that
day and who made or received 15 calls on her mobile phone in the four
hours before the crash.

''The accident-driver's distraction due to the wireless telephone
conversation with her friend contributed to her loss of control of the
vehicle,'' the National Transportation Safety Board concluded after a hearing.

Gusty winds nudged the car to the right, and the driver steered to the
left, sending the car hurtling across a median and into oncoming
traffic, where it landed on a minivan, killing four adults near Largo, Md.

The safety board acknowledged other factors in the accident -- the wind
and the outdated median barriers among them -- but concluded that
inexperience coupled with the use of a mobile phone was enough to merit
curbs for young drivers.

Among the fifty states, only New York bars drivers with learner's
permits and intermediate licenses from using wireless devices while they
drive. The board urged the other states to adopt such laws.

To help track any correlation between mobile phone use and traffic
accidents, the board has asked states to add codes to their accident
investigation forms that take driver distraction into account. Only 16
states have such codes now.

The board's investigators said 24 countries have bans on mobile phone
use by drivers.

The board's project manager, Michele McMurtry, listed various things
that could distract drivers, ranging from disciplining children to
adjusting the radio to swatting a bug. ''In particular, in the
Washington area, we see a lot of people reading newspapers, magazines,
books,'' McMurtry said.

She said a mobile phone or other distraction might hold a driver's
attention for one to 1 1/2 seconds, enough time for a fast-moving
vehicle to travel 200 feet.

There are about 145 million cellphone users in the United States, and
about 67 percent of licensed drivers have cellphones.

This story ran on page A2 of the Boston Globe on 6/4/2003.


© Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company.

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Latest update including FEMU database

Hi all, not sure if you got this latest update including FEMU database
http://toastedbytowers.shorturl.com/ not doing much lately but trying to
update the Ouruhia website and setting up a new one specifically for
Cellphones and cellsites in NZ to accompany a nationwide advertising
campaign that were trying to raise another $40,000 for, have $10,000 so
far, but are being sidetracked with NZs power crises that we might
insist on powerline corridors and windfarms instead of hydro. Always too
many bases to cover with too few and one less now we have lost our
champion Neil.

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Informant: PW.DM.WARD

O.T. Some very important themes

The Enronization Of Public Policy
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Pentagon Tool Records User's Every Sense

Informant: Harlan Girard

Ex-weapons inspector and former Marine Scott Ritter is calling for
regime change in Washington



National Press Club Invites Ramsey Clark to be Featured Speaker at
Upcoming May 12 Luncheon in Washington, D.C.

As the country prepares to enter the next election cycle, Ramsey Clark
will make a national address on how "U.S. Militarism Threatens the
Destiny of Humanity," at the National Press Club on May 12. Mr. Clark
will also charge George W. Bush and his administration with committing
high crimes and misdemeanors warranting impeachment. For those in the
D.C. metropolitan area who would like to attend in person, advance
reservations can be made by telephoning the Press Club at (202)
662-7501. For additional information on the luncheon event go to:


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The Silent Genocide from America

Informant: Jonathan Mark

Ex-army chief: Pentagon lied about occupation Telegraph [UK]

Blair faces probe over WMD threat - CNN

How the big lie about Iraq came to be

Wolfowitz: war was about oil Guardian Unlimited [UK]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US sets new plan of attack for North Korea

Views of a Changing World 2003

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