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6 Creepy New Weapons Police and Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People
Rania Khalek
August 3, 2011

Originally posted at AlterNet August 1, 2011

The US is at the forefront of an international arms development effort that includes a remarkable assortment of technologies, which look and sound like they belong in a Hollywood science fiction thriller. From microwave energy blasters and blinding laser beams, to chemical agents and deafening sonic blasters, these weapons are at the cutting edge of crowd control.

The Pentagon's approved term for these weapons is "non-lethal" or "less-lethal" and they are intended for use against the unarmed. Designed to control crowds, clear streets, subdue and restrain individuals and secure borders, they are the 21st century's version of the police baton, pepper spray and tear gas. As journalist Ando Arike puts it, "The result is what appears to be the first arms race in which the opponent is the general population."...

After making note of a 1997 quote from a joint Pentagon/Justice Department report ("A further consideration that affects how the military and law enforcement apply force is the greater presence of members of the media or other civilians who are observing, if not recording, the situation. Even the lawful application of force can be misrepresented to or misunderstood by the public. More than ever, the police and the military must be highly discreet when applying force.") The article goes on to list 6 "creepy new weapons":

  • The Invisible Pain Ray: The 'Holy Grail of Crowd Control' - A focused beam of electromagnetic radiation that heats its targets' skin up to 130F degrees.
  • The Laser Blinding 'Dazzler' - The cleverly named PHaSR blinds you with science...and two pulsing laser beams.
  • The Taser on Steroids - An evil little device fired from a 12-gauge shotgun that can stun bank robbers and hippies from 100 feet.
  • Calmative Agents for Riot Control - Forget what you may have heard, these gas canisters containing sedatives or narcotics, such as fentanyl, are the real opiate of the masses.  The rioting masses, that is.
  • Screaming Microwaves That Pierce the Skull - Short microwave pulses that rapidly heat the tissue inside your noggin, causing a shockwave inside the skull (and maybe some brain damage to boot).
  • Ear-Splitting Siren - This device politely asks demonstrators to disperse and return to their homes.  Not really, but if you can't figure out what it does do from the name then you've probably already been hit with the brain-damage ray above.

To read the entire article, complete with more details on the above "creepy new weapons," many of which are already in use in a neighborhood near you, click HERE.

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