The power companies needed scientific mumbo-jumbo to advance their economic-based interests regarding EMF safety, so they bought the doubt, confusion, and lies that they needed from Richard Phillips and others like him. The companies’ reaction to the threat they faced was instinctive, like a snake-bite.
The government approach to the EMF hazards issue, in contrast, was more insidious. Governor Hugh Carey of New York wanted a powerline. Achieving this goal required that EMFs not cause any biological changes in the bodies of the citizens of the state who lived along the route of the line. Otherwise, the powerline could not be labeled safe and could not be built for the amount of money he had to spend. When he told the people that the powerline would be safe, they trusted him in a way they normally don’t trust power companies.
The situation was the same with the U.S. foreign service officers in the Moscow embassy. They knew about the Russian microwave beam, but they believed the CIA’s Sam Koslov when he told them that the beam and the high cancer rate among the embassy officers were not linked. They just did not suspect their government would lie to them, and experiment on them.
The situation was also the same with Captain Paul Tyler of the Navy, who desperately did not want EMFs to be a health risk because he thought recognizing that fact would imperil the ability of the armed forces to defend our country. The people in Michigan believed him when he said that the huge antenna the Navy wanted to build would be perfectly safe. It was as if he put a sedative in the water supply so that the people could not distinguish dream and reality.
We expect to be misled by power and cell-phone companies because that’s part of the process for producing profits. We need to be equally skeptical regarding spokesmen for governmental executive agencies.