3 comments to “Wireless Industry Using First Amendment as a Cudgel in Its Battle Against Safety Warnings”

  1. Phoebe Sorgen

    Thanks for this important article! The root problem is corporations having legal constitutional “rights” that were intended for living human beings. The Supreme Court created the “right” of corporations to run and to ruin our world (corporate personhood, allowing corporations to use our right to free speech; spending money being equated with expressing free speech; Citizens United v FEC, etc.) Supreme Court opinions can only be overturned via Constitutional Amendment. The Move to Amend coalition’s “We the People Amendment” has made huge headway. HJR 48 has 59 co-sponsors in Congress! Freeing democracy from corporate control is THE issue of our era, so please support http://www.MoveToAmend.org and lobby more representatives to co-sponsor and senators to introduce a Senate version. Capitol Hill: 1-800-826-3688
    By the way, I made Berkeley the first city to pass a Resolution opposing corporate personhood with help from the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom. Years later, with Jeff Kaplan of Reclaim Democracy, I wrote the nation’s first municipal resolution opposing Citizens United v FEC. Move to Amend has gotten hundreds of cities to pass similar measures, as well as states and countless organizations. With Ellie Marks of the California Brain Tumor Association, I and others spent many years getting Berkeley to pass the Cell Phone Right to Know Ordinance. We could not have done it without Lessig’s extreme generousity and legal expertise.

  2. Sharon Noble

    More well written articles like this are needed very badly to help educate a public that has been shielded by the industry from information about their wireless devices.

    Last year, “Marketplace”, a CBC investigative program, asked many people if they had ever read the warnings in their phone manuals, and most had no idea there were any. The telecoms are counting on this.

    As well, CBC tested the 3 top-selling phones and all 3 exceeded the Canadian exposure limits, which are similar to those set by the FCC.

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-24-2017-1.4038259/cellphone-in-your-pocket-cbc-s-marketplace-investigates-why-you-might-reconsider-1.4038287

  3. Theodora Scarato

    Thank you for this well researched article.

    I would add that the French government tests #phonegate on hundreds of cell phones – released last year- document that phones at body contact can exceed FCC radiation limits- further establishing the Berkeley Cell Phone Ordinance as factual. More about these tests at https://ehtrust.org/cell-phone-radiation-scandal-french-government-data-indicates-cell-phones-exposeconsumers-radiation-levels-higher-manufacturers-claim/

    Learn more about how cell phone companies warn investors but not consumers about cell phone radiation risks. https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/corporate-company-investor-warnings-annual-reports-10k-filings-cell-phone-radiation-risks/

    Read the radiation fine print warning of cell phones and virtual assistants and more at https://ehtrust.org/fine-print-manufacturer-radio-frequency-radiation-warnings/

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