I particularly liked the following paragraph because they talk about a “Trojan Horse” something that’s been on my mind lately. And by the way, now that the Supreme Court has extended the free speech rights of corporations with its quashing of limits on Corporate politicking put in place in the Era of the Republican President Teddy Roosevelt this corporate influence has new ways to exert itself. Roger Ailes will like that. As I’ve discovered, companies like Johnson Controls already have a lot more resources than I do especially when they help massage local Chamber of Commerces.
The cell-phone industry has managed to exert its influence in other ways, too. In the United States, the organization most influential in the government’s setting of standards for microwave exposure is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which bills itself as “a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics.” According to Slesin, “The committees setting the EM safety levels at the IEEE historically have been dominated by representatives from the military, companies like Raytheon and GE, the telecom companies, and now the cell-phone industry. It is basically a Trojan horse for the private sector to dictate public policy.” The IEEE’s “safe limits” for microwave exposure are considerably higher than what they should be, says Allan Frey, who was a member of the organization in the ’70s. “When it comes to this matter, the IEEE is a charade,” Frey told me.