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CIA Head: We Will Spy On Americans Through Electrical Appliances

Global information surveillance grid being constructed;  willing Americans embrace gadgets used to spy on them

Steve Watson

Infowars.com March 16, 2012

CIA director David Petraeus has said that the rise  of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own  homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of  interest”.

Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s  technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new  technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously  ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

Wired reports the details via its Danger Room Blog:

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do  believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused,  “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

“Items of interest will be located, identified,  monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency  identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters —  all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and  high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

“the latter now going to cloud computing, in many  areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum  computing.” the CIA head added.

Patreaus also stated that such devices within the home  “change our notions of secrecy”.

Petraeus’ comments come in the same week that one of the  biggest microchip companies in the world, ARM, unveiled new processors that are  designed to give practically every household appliance an internet  connection, in order that they can be remote controlled and operate  in tandem with applications.

ARM describes the concept as an “internet of things”.

Where will all the information from such devices be sent and  analyzed? It can be no coincidence that the NSA is currently building a monolithic heavily fortified $2 billion  facility deep in the Utah desert and surrounded by mountains. The  facility is set to go fully live in September 2013.

“The Utah data center is the centerpiece of the Global  Information Grid, a military project that will handle yottabytes of data, an  amount so huge that there is no other data unit after it.” reports Gizmodo.

“This center—with every listening post, spy satellite and NSA  datacenter connected to it, will make the NSA the most powerful spy agency in  the world.”

Wired reports that the incoming data is being mined  by plugging into telecommunications companies’ switches, essentially the same  method the NSA infamously uses for warrantless wiretapping of domestic  communications, as exposed six years ago.

Former intelligence analyst turned best selling author James  Bamford, has penned a lengthy piece on the NSA facility and warns  “It is, in some measure, the realization of the ‘total information awareness’  program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that  was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for  invading Americans’ privacy.”

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Replacing A Smart Meter With A Safe Analog Meter

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INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIANS’ GROUP CALLS FOR HALT TO WIRELESS SMART METERS

Organization tells CPUC that smart meters pose health risks, especially for children

January 24, 2012 (San Diego)–The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has become the first national physicians’ group to adopt a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters.
The group sent a  resolutionto the California Public Utilities Commission opposing smart meters due to health risks and calling on the CPUC to take preventative actions to protect the public health.The letter notes that medical literature has raised “credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers” from radio frequency levels emitted by smart meters.  “Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior.  Further EMF/RF adds synergistic effects to the damage observed from a range of toxic chemicals,” the international doctors’ organization concluded.

Smart meters have been installed by SDG&E and other utility companies on residences throughout California and thus far, SDG&E has refused to allow residents to have the devices removed.

Below is the full text of the AAEM’s resolution.
January 19, 2012
Proposed Decision of Commissioner Peevey (Mailed 1/22/2012)
BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
On the proposed decision 11-03-014
Dear Commissioners:
The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation of wireless “smart meters” in homes and schools based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature (references available on request).  Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action.
As representatives of physician specialists in the field of environmental medicine, we have an obligation to urge precaution when sufficient scientific and medical evidence suggests health risks which can potentially affect large populations.  The literature raises serious concern regarding the levels of radio frequency (RF – 3 KHz – 300 GHz) or extremely low frequency (ELF – o- 300 Hz) exposures produced by “smart meters” to warrant an immediate and complete moratorium on their use and deployment until further study can be performed.  The board of the American Board of Environmental Medicine wishes to point out that existing FCC guidelines for RF safety that have been used to justify installation of “smart meters” only look at thermal tissue damage and are obsolete, since many modern studies show metabolic and genomic damage from RF and ELF exposures below the level of intensity which heats tissues.  The FCC guidelines are therefore inadequate for use in establishing public health standards.  More modern literature shows medically and biologically significant effects of RF and ELF at lower energy densities.  These effects accumulate over time, which is an important consideration given the chronic nature of exposure from “smart meters”. The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from “smart meters”.  Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior.  Further EMF/RF adds synergistic effects to the damage observed from a range of toxic chemicals.  Given the widespread, chronic and essentially inescapable ELF/RF exposure of everyone living near a “smart meter”,  the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine finds it unacceptable from a public health standpoint to implement this technology until these serious medical concerns are resolved.  We consider a moratorium on installation of wireless “smart meters” to be an issue of the highest importance.
The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine also wishes to note that the US NIEHS National Toxicology Program in 1999 cited radiofrequency radiation as a potential carcinogen.  Existing safety limits for pulsed RF were termed “not protective of public health” by the Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group (a federal interagency working group including the FDA, FCC, OSHA, the EPA and others).  Emissions given off by “smart meters” have been classified by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Possible Human Carcinogen.
Hence, we call for:
•  An immediate moratorium on “smart meter” installation until these serious public health issues are resolved.  Continuing with their installation would be extremely irresponsible.
•  Modify the revised proposed decision to include hearings on health impact in the second proceedings, along with cost evaluation and community wide opt-out.
•  Provide immediate relief to those requesting it and restore the analog meters.
Members of the Board
American Academy of Environmental Medicine
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, founded in 1965, is an international association of physicians and other professionals which “provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.”

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My Fight Against The Smart Meter

By Devvy

As you can see in an article one at the bottom, there are links to more than a dozen articles from experts in the field of electro magnetic frequency radiation technology. For those of us who have zero understanding in that field, I’ve now spent more than 200 hours reading and sorting opinions from scientists and doctors who have decades of experience. All this ‘dirty energy’ is killing us and that’s not hyperbole.

I’m not one of those people who hate the big utility companies. I am grateful to live in a country where we have heat and air conditioning piped right into our homes. Utility companies are just like any other business. They have to make a profit in order to stay in business, but they should not be allowed to expose us to technology that is so incredibly dangerous to the human body. I’m not going to rehash the money issue because that’s what this is all about – tens of billions of dollars at stake for the utility companies. Read More

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Smart grid hits and misses: a state by state close-up

Smart Grid, state smart grid toolkits, state stimulus money, state stimulus sites

Click on a state below for details on that state’s smart grid projects, energy contacts and regulatory authorities, plus utilities, news coverage, incentive programs and related web resources.

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PG&E Begins Removing ‘Smart’ Meters Due to Health Effects

Widening Call for Immediate Return of Analogs; Disconnection of “Mesh” Wireless Network

SANTA CRUZ, CA—Just as PG&E enters the final phase of its deployment of wireless “smart” meters in California, the largest of the state’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) has reversed course, quietly beginning to replace the ‘smart’ meters of those reporting health impacts with the old trusty analog version.  Consumer rights and health groups immediately seized on the news, demanding that millions of Californians unhappy with their new wireless meters get their analogs returned immediately at no cost.

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Radiofrequency Radiation: The Invisible Hazards of “Smart” Meters

by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri

“The Seletun Scientific Statement recommends that lower limits be established for electromagnetic fields and wireless exposures, based on scientific studies reporting health impacts at much lower exposure levels. Many researchers now believe that existing safety limits are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread. Current US…standards for radiofrequency and microwave radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They were never intended to address this kind of exposure from wireless devices that now affect over 4 billion people.” The Seletun Scientific Statement, Feb. 3, 2011

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