Dahr Jamail | Documents Show Navy's Electromagnetic Warfare Training Would Harm Humans and WildlifeMonday, 15 December 2014 10:59 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report
Navy personnel have been met with outrage, anger and a growing concern from the public about the negative health impacts to humans and wildlife in the areas where their war games are planned.
The health impacts of even the Navy's lowest levels of electromagnetic radiation emissions are shocking.
"We have a situation now where most people in the world are exposed to microwave frequency radiation based on scientific studies that have no scientific merit."
"What the Navy is doing we have no idea because they don't tell us . . . but from what little they have told us, they are using a lot of pulse fields in wavelengths that are damaging to us."
"They are planning on running a huge experiment without collecting the data, so everyone out there will be exposed and be a part of their experiment."
The Navy consistently claims that their towers will only emit as much radiation as cell towers, yet this is exactly the level of radiation cited as a problem.
Balmori found strong negative correlations between levels of tower-emitted microwave radiation and bird breeding, nesting, and roosting in the vicinity of electromagnetic fields in Spain. He documented nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death in House Sparrows, White Storks, Rock Doves, Magpies, Collared Doves, and other species. Though these species had historically been documented to roost and nest in these areas, Balmori (2005) did not observe these symptoms prior to construction and operation of the cellular phone towers.
Aircraft noise, another issue related to the Navy's war-gaming plans, has also been noted as biologically harmful by the Navy itself.
For every three decibels over 85, the permissible exposure time before hearing damage can occur is cut in half.
|Decibel level||Example and Permissible Exposure Time|
|45||Refrigerator humming, rainfall|
|85||Heavy city traffic; 8 hours|
|95||Motorcycles; 1 hour|
|105||MP3 player at maximum volume; 7.5 minutes|
|113||Older Navy jets at 1,000 feet; less than 1 minute|
|120||Sirens; less than 30 seconds|
|150||Gun muzzle blast, Growler jets at takeoff. (No noise levels exist for Growlers flying in trios at 1,200 feet.) INSTANTANEOUS HEARING LOSS|
More than 2,000 references on the biological responses to [microwave and] radio frequency and microwave radiation, published up to June 1971, are included in the bibliography. (Three supplementary listings bring the number of citation to more than 2,300.) Particular attention has been paid to the effects on man of non-ionizing radiation at these frequencies.
"It is known that electromagnetic radiation has a biological effect on human tissue."
"How can Navy jets be allowed to fly over wilderness areas and do what they do, and potentially destroy a wilderness soundscape that exists within a wilderness area? How can that be legal?"
The Navy uses the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz," to make its determinations. The IEEE standard serves as a consensus standard developed by representatives of industry, government agencies, the scientific community and the public. Additionally, the Navy has a long history of using these systems safely and employed them successfully to provide our aviators the training they need without incident or adverse effects.