Washington-Conference: An appeal to support


WASHINGTON, USA 14-15.09.2009

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Washington-Conference: An appeal to support
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Washingtonkonferenz: Aufruf zur Unterstützung


On September 14 and 15, 2009, a scientific conference will take place in Washington D.C., USA, at which the status of cell phone research and the resulting political consequences will be discussed. The conference takes place under the patronage of Arlen Specter, the five-term Senator from Pennsylvania being one of the most influential politicians and a member of the Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary. CNN and other media did already announce their interest to report on the event. The conference is organized by Devra Lee Davis, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and Christopher Portier, Director for Risk Assessment at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, both USA. Dr. Davis is the author of the international bestseller The Secret History of the War on Cancer, in which she describes how industry and politics, in the last century, did succeed to maximize their profits at the expense of the health of the people.

Current Organizing Committee:
Melissa Bondy, Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; David Servan-Schreiber, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Siegal Sadetzki, Tel Aviv Medical University & Israel Radiation Protection Branch, Israel; Lennart Hardell, University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden; Devra Lee Davis, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; David Gee, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark; Dariusz Leszczynski, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland; Cindy Sage, Sage EMF Design (Bioinitiative Report), Santa Barbara, California; Christopher Portier, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina; William Chambers, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia; Franz Adlkofer, Verum Foundation, Munich, Germany; Elizabeth Kelly, International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety, Venice, Italy.

Quite surprisingly the organizers of the conference in Washington had to take note that the already confirmed funds cannot be made fully available for this event. There is fear that the undertaking shall be stopped at the last minute. Whenever scientific investigations indicate that a highly profitable technology could be the cause for diseases, there is an inevitable uproar of the critics that are worried about economic interests. More encouraging is that politics in the USA under President Obama seems to be ready to increasingly consider the opinion of independent scientists – this in contrary to other nations.

An appeal to support the conference

The Competence Initiative (Kompetenzinitiative e.V.) speaks out in favor of the realization of the event:

If the conference in Washington fails for financial reasons, this would mean to miss a great chance that independent research is heard in the political field. The conference is of special international importance as it brings together top researchers and secures the necessary public attention to new findings. The possible political and legal consequences are significant also beyond the USA. If the attitude of American politics towards the discussed risks of cell phone radiation changes, European governments cannot proceed as they do up to now, and this especially as also the European Parliament demands a reassessment. Therefore, we Europeans too have good reasons to support the conference.

For the time being, the average citizens, scientists and physicians cannot counter the cooperation between political power, industrial financial strength and helpful “experts”. Even the still required 25.000 Euro for the realization of the conference in Washington is an amount difficult to raise. It is only when a large number of us comes to the conclusion that we want a more honest and future-conscious health and environment policy, and that we can achieve a lot with our small contribution. At the same time, we also make clear that we demand the turn towards an understanding of democracy that is not deformed by economic interests.

The Competence Initiative for the protection of mankind, environment and democracy is currently involved in the establishment of a foundation for independent research. Its aim is the elimination of a research monopoly of government and industry, which in the passed was used more to prevent than to accelerate the gain in knowledge. As the establishment including the acknowledgement of the non-profit status takes a while, the new foundation cannot be considered for support of the conference already in September. Therefore, the non-profit Competence Initiative has established a special account with the aim to realize this conference.

The undersigned kindly ask everyone who feels addressed by this appeal – whether fellow citizens, colleagues or sponsors engaged in health and environment – to contribute to the realization of the conference by a donation as high as possible. Receipts will be written on request. Any surplus will go as a donation to the then newly established foundation for independent research.

Kompetenzinitiative e.V.
BLZ: 733 699 02
Konto-Nr: 101020102
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  1. sandaura

    My family and I live in Western Massachusetts. I have lived in this area since 1983. I have hiked the Appalachian Trails all over this area. We live where there is no industry and no major roads. We drive 8 miles in any direction to ammenties. The ambient background at night is normally is between 22-35dBA. I know what our environment should sound like when you listen to it and it shouldn’t sound like this! The noise you hear is a representation of those we have become familiar with and slightly elevated in volume so you can clearly pick them out. We have lived for over two years with an insidious and invasive electrical noise in our community -not due to anything in our home!- which is in violation of MA Noise Regulations. Our lifestyles and wellbeing have been greatly compromised for almost 2 years. We have been unable to enjoy a normal night of sleep for over a year and a half. Noise pollution due to electrical sources has been linked to serious health problems. We have not been able get help from our local, state or government officials, who will not enforce the law. Instead of help, we have received reverse condemnation. Why is this happening? DSL, and all forms of telecommunication, including wireless, must be grounded to your utility company’s neutral wire to operate. The outdated infrastructure of the power grid is overburdened and is often no longer compatible with modern requirements of technology. As the grid stretches the distance to rural communities, its quality is compromised to save costs. Technology is marching forward at a pace which the grid cannot handle. As a result, our communities, all of them, are being flooded with what is well known as harmonics, pure tones, audible frequencies, and stray voltage, which have all been proven by science to contribute to radiation and be carcinogenic. The utility companies have no true regulatory oversight and have been allowed to say anything and do anything to avoid accountability and spare themselves the costs of appropriate and proven mitigation options. Whether or not you can hear electrical noise clearly, these frequencies are affecting you and your environment. Gone are the days and nights of true peace and quiet. Your children will grow up to accept that the buzzing and humming electrical noises are “normal” and acceptable. They will be the first generation to suffer a lifetime of ill effects, since there are no radio frequency limits to protect them. The FCC wants to pass the noise off as people suffering from Tinnitus. We do not have tinnitus. This is wrong. We have 8 reams of emails, hundreds of hours of audio recordings, scientific research, acoustical and electrical evidence of electrical leakage and radiation in our community and communities in every State we have visited and conducted testing, and a growing network of concerned citizens. Many people across the country are experiencing the same reactions from their utility company and officials. They are dealing with illness related to EMF and Radio Frequencies. We all deserve proper regulations, limits and oversight. Our elected officials should be fighting for our safety, our children’s safety and the preservation of our wildlife. We have formed a volunteer alliance across the country. Contact us by responding to this video. Call your local and State officials and demand protection from these health hazards. Don’t allow them to fool you into submission. Demand that impact studies be done before attaching wireless to your grid. Tell them you want the proper testing conducted in your community to determine the risks you face.

    Dr Hillman, Foremost authority on Stray Voltage stated in an email to me, Recently we recorded a 103.2 MHz signal delivering 700 milliamps of current on the Primary neutral which is contaminating the premises and making cows sick on a dairy farm. I recommend Barry Kennedy’s book, Power Quality Primer, McGraw-Hill, 2000.

    Robert O. Becker, M.D. twice nominated for the Nobel Prize for his research.
    Quoted, “I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time, the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields.

    I consider that to be far greater on a global scale, than warming, and the increase in the chemical elements in the environment.”


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