Thursday, September 20, 2007

Who when I scream will hear me amongst the Angelic Orders? 

If you thought the TASER was a horrific bit of kit, take a look at the Silent Guardian.

Manufactured by RAYTHON, These are examples of ‘active denial systems’, colloquially known as less-than-lethal devices. They are intended for use in crowd control by throwing an energy beam that causes intense pain.

Even the Daily Mail is shocked about the torture possibilities of this device.

A square transmitter as big as a plasma TV screen is mounted on the back of a Jeep. When turned on, it emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation - similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker - that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings. It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile.
Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury. But anyone in the beam's path will feel, over their entire body, (an) agonising sensation ….
Silent Guardian is supposed to be the 21st century equivalent of tear gas or water cannon - a way of getting crowds to disperse quickly and with minimum harm. Its potential is obvious…. In tests, even the most hardened (US) Marines flee after a few seconds of exposure. It just isn't possible to tough it out.
This machine has the ability to inflict limitless, unbearable pain.

Daily Mail 18th September 2007

The next thing up are the Pulsed Energy Projectile Weapons, lasers that throw a beam precisely tuned to generate a plasma of superheated gas if it hits human skin. It has a range of about 18km.

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