Tracing the history of the current insufficient radiofrequency exposure standards to protect public health brought me to this eyewitness account from the World Health Organization's Regional Workshop called Radio frequency fields: Health effects & policy options for protection on November 17-18 2005 in Melbourne, AU. The participants' cavalier attitude towards the health effects were chilling, though I knew it probably had to go something like this - in some obscure meeting of powerful people, who felt it their mission and right to plan world infrastructure with no concern about how it could hurt some of the little people. Or lots of the little people. For decades to come.
Two years later, U.S. journalist Amy Worthington researched and documented early struggles of serious health effects from proximity to cell phone masts in The Radiation Poisoning of America. She details the devastating results of the 1996 Telecommunications Act's gag order on citizens. They could never again use health impacts or concerns pertaining to cell phone masts to legally challenge their placement. Worthington's shattering account of everyday people's sufferings at at the hand of wireless technology has become a classic, though 2007 was not so long ago. Today, you see masts next to schools, on fire stations and in the middle of county fairgrounds, etc. Even if people were to wake up to what is happening, they could not bring up the health issue as a factor to fight it.
I will share more events and details in the history of microwave mania as I find them.
See also the Timeline for Growing Awareness (2000-2011) at the EMFWise blog.