Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Around two years ago, John Patterson took to the streets in a friend’s armored personnel carrier (APC) out of sheer desperation and frustration over the inaction of Telstra, the Australian telecommunication company which he had worked for.
Patterson drove the tank-like vehicle into the cell phone transmitters, destroying some $6 million worth of equipment and landing himself a two year long prison sentence.
While this jail time was far from enjoyable, Patterson has not given up his quest to fight back against the negative health effects of electromagnetic radiation – like that which is radiated en masse by cell phone towers – and his struggle to bring the dangers to the public’s attention.
“I wasn’t thinking clearly, I made some rash decisions which I really regret,” Patterson said. “But it was out of sheer frustration?” the interviewer asked, to which he responded, “Yeah.”
Patterson, a former senior telecommunications technical officer with one of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies, Telstra, clearly is not proud of his actions, but he is still committed to bringing these issues to light.
Patterson seems to feel responsible for the safety implications of cell phone tower technology due to the fact that he played a large role in rolling out the technology, which now spans across the industrialized world.
“So, I felt obligated to actually do something about it,” he said.
He took his friend’s APC – one of a mere two in all of Australia – and drove it into eight equipment shelters which were housing transmitters for cell phone towers.
“It disrupts the bioelectric system of the body, which is really your brain, nervous system, [and] how your muscles torque,” Patterson explained to Australia’s Today Tonight.
Video: Interview with John Patterson – 12th March 2012 (contains footage of John in the middle of his mobile tower rampage, 2 years ago)
Through twenty years of researching the technologies used by Telstra, Patterson realized that electromagnetic radiation is a lot more dangerous than we are told by the telecommunications industry.
When he moved into an office between two cellular telephone towers he became quite ill, prompting him to test the location for electromagnetic radiation and then write a report on the matter.
“[The report] showed that it was an occupational hazard to work in that building with that amount of radiation,” Patterson said. “I was immediately removed from service.”
Having been removed from his post simply for pointing out the danger he and his colleagues were facing in the workplace, Patterson then went out to inform every responsible agency about the problem.
“Everyone said that I was technically correct, but no one had the power to stand up,” he said. “People within the industry, they’ve just misinformed all of the relevant authorities.”
“So if the industry knows mobile phones are so dangerous, don’t they have a legal duty of care to tell us?” Laura Sparkes of Today Tonight asked Patterson.
“Anyone that realizes that it’s bad is removed from the industry,” Patterson answered.
Patterson said, “I don’t want to go back to jail, I’ll never break the law,” so it is clear that his new approach to raising awareness and trying to keep Australians safe will not involve driving an APC into any transmitters.
Instead, he is trying to help people directly by telling them what they can do to reduce their exposure to electromagnetic radiation and thus keep themselves both healthy and safe.
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