Wednesday, February 21, 2007

More "Crowd" Control

So just who are the people in the crowds the military and police so gleefully boast they're going to "control"? Wal-Mart shoppers the day after Thanksgiving? Rose Bowl? Times Square on New Years Eve? Coldplay concert? I don't think so.

US Army to test UAVs armed with ultra-bright strobe to work as crowd control weapon:
"The US Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) plans to demonstrate the use of a 7.5 million candlepower (7.3 million candela) strobe floodlight system mounted on board an unmanned air vehicle as a non-lethal crowd-control system.
The project will see a Peak Beam Systems Maxa Beam searchlight adapted to operate as a strobe capable of inducing physical effects, such as short-term paralysis, in humans

Of course that's just temporary paralysis. Other goodies they have include

The Sweeping Stun Gun:
"Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe."

That's just temporary incapacitation.

The Focused Sound Laser"
"These devices are more than just fancy speakers. California-based HPV Technologies recently demonstrated a "magnetic acoustic device" or MAD that can broadcast a targeted beam of sound for a more than mile. At close range, the sound from these devices can be terrifying and painful."

That's just temporary deafness.

The Heat Ray Weapon:
"Called Silent Guardian, the prototype fires a high-intensity beam of millimetre waves, inflicting a burning sensation like a light bulb pressed against the skin."

You're only being temporarily cooked.


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