And so it comes to pass. We have now reached the point where ‘neutrality’ or an ‘unbiased’ viewpoint can be bought, edited or suppressed with agreements made between two public agencies. One of the best examples of this is the agreement struck on 28 May 1959 between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The effect of this agreement has been to give the IAEA an effective veto on any actions by the WHO that relate in any way to nuclear power, and so prevent the WHO from doing their proper job in investigating and warning of the dangers of nuclear radiation on human health.
The WHO’s objective is to promote “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”, while the IAEA’s mission is to “accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world”. Although best known for its work to restrict nuclear proliferation, the IAEA’s main role has been to promote the interests of the nuclear power industry worldwide, and it has used the agreement to suppress the growing body of scientific information on the real health risks of nuclear radiation.
I am still struggling to figure out how this insidious relationship can even exist, and i wonder why there is not more outcry from the public about this behemoth of a conflict of interests. The WHO are trusted worldwide to offer the best possible health care advice to the public, especially regarding cancer related issues, of which radiation exposure directly contributes to by causing cell mutations which are the causes of cancer….and yet the WHO cannot advise on anything concerning nuclear or radiation exposure that hasn’t been okayed by the agency responsible for promoting nuclear interests….).
This seems to me to be another nuclear industry whitewash. This is a small group of very powerful corporate friends colluding together for the betterment of each other, putting their profits far ahead of human health and of the betterment of society and humanity as a whole. The nuclear industry’s impacts and consequences on human health and the environment need transparency at all levels, and yet we find ourselves once again playing smoke and mirrors, having to read between the lines in order to understand the true relationships between big governmental agencies and big business. The nuclear crisis at Fukushima has been suppressed like no other, and so it should come as no surprise that it was the American giant General Electric that built and designed the reactors at Fukushima, that GE work closely with the IAEA over everything nuclear, and that in turn, the IAEA control what information is released by the WHO about any possible (or non-possible) dangers of radiation exposure on humans, especially from nuclear industry disasters such as Fukushima and to a lesser extent, Chernobyl. For example, investigations into the health impacts of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine on 26 April 1986 have been effectively taken over by IAEA and dissenting information has been suppressed. The health effects of the accident were the subject of two major conferences, in Geneva in 1995, and in Kiev in 2001. But the full proceedings of those conferences remain unpublished. Meanwhile, the 2005 report of the IAEA-dominated Chernobyl Forum, which estimates a total death toll from the accident of only several thousand, is widely regarded as a whitewash as it ignores a host of peer-reviewed epidemiological studies indicating far higher mortality and widespread genomic damage. Many of these studies were presented at the Geneva and Kiev conferences but they, and the ensuing learned discussions, have yet to see the light of day thanks to the non-publication of the proceedings.
At the conferences in Geneva and Kiev, research was presented indicating that as many as a million children across Europe and Asia may have died in the womb as a result of radiation from Chernobyl, as well as hundreds of thousands of others exposed to radiation fallout, backing up earlier findings published by the ECRR in Chernobyl 20 Years On: Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident. Delegates heard that the standard risk models for radiation risk published by the International Committee on Radiological Protection (ICRP), and accepted by WHO, underestimate the health impacts of low levels of internal radiation by between 100 and 1,000 times – consistent with the ECRR’s own 2003 model of radiological risk (The Health Effects of Ionising Radiation Exposure at Low Doses and Low Dose Rates for Radiation Protection Purposes: Regulators’ Edition). According to Chris Busby, the ECRR’s scientific secretary and visiting professor at the University of Ulster’s school of biomedical sciences:
“The subordination of the WHO to IAEA is a key part of the systematic falsification of nuclear risk which has been under way ever since Hiroshima, the agreement creates an unacceptable conflict of interest in which the UN organisation concerned with promoting our health has been made subservient to those whose main interest is the expansion of nuclear power. Dissolving the WHO-IAEA agreement is a necessary first step to restoring the WHO’s independence to research the true health impacts of ionising radiation and publish its findings.”
There are plenty of concerned people in the world trying to get their voices heard about the real consequences of nuclear power and the long lasting effects of radiation exposure, however the voice of ‘officialdom’ and ‘scientific authority’ speaks louder and is generally universally believed by the masses, and so how can the small voices, mine included, be heard? How can we be believed? I have tried, and will continue to try to inform and educate the public through MutantDaisys about the hazards and real perils that we face from nuclear, but actually getting people to engage and research the subject content is exceptionally hard, made even more difficult by the groups of authority and power that intentionally suppress the truth from getting out. It is comparable to us broadcasting our message for an hour a day from a small pirate radio station, whilst the nuclear industry and authorities get to boom their messages 24/7 from the BBC, incorporating all forms of media, editing all comments, and shaping public thought and opinion accordingly. There are days when i feel like what is the point? I sometimes feel like it is a futile exercise as i will never be able to shape public opinion like the establishment’s’ propaganda machine, but if i can help wake-up or inspire just one person to research the realities of nuclear power then in my own small way, i feel like i have contributed or helped humanity to try and make the world a better place, and that is all i ever wanted to do.