6 Creepy New Weapons the Police and
Military Use To Subdue Unarmed People
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.
By Rania Khalek
As we have said so many times in the past, there is
perhaps nothing so frightening to the elites than the
prospect of loosing control of the streets to what they
see as "the mob." This is what happened to the elites
during the Vietnam War when LBJ and Richard Nixon were
swept from power largely as a result of huge "street demonstrations."
It's not that the elites lost the war in Vietnam —
they did not; they lost the war in the streets of America's
cities. The elites won't let that happen again!
As a result, a vast new arsenal of crowd controlweapons
are in the process of being deployed against the American
public. They are touted as a non-lethal and humane way
of dealing with criminal gangs; but in reality they are
being deployed to control the American population AS THE
ELITE’S STRUGGLE TO CONTROL THAT PORTION OF THE AMERICAN
POPULATION THAT HAS BEEN CONSIGNED TO THE ECONOMIC TRASH
HEAP DUE TO THE ON-GOING RECESSION / DEPRESSION.
It’s obvious to all those who "have eyes to see with,
and ears to hear with" that the police are not in the
neighborhoods of the poor to "serve and protect," but
to CONTROL the population in these areas. These neighborhoods
are viewed by the elites as "ENEMY TERRITORY"
and the police are there to DOMINATE and TERRORIZE the
population in order to prevent rebellion and insurrection
against the oppressive economic policies that have been
foisted upon them. [We urge you to see our
article, "An Inventory of
Practices that Chill Free Speech."]
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
The demand for non-lethal weapons (NLW) is rooted in the rise
of television. In the 1960s and '70s the medium let everyday
Americans witness the violent tactics used to suppress the civil
rights and anti-war movements.
Today’s rapid advancements in media and telecommunications
technologies allow people to record and publicize images and
video of undue force more than ever before. Authorities are
well aware of how images of violence play out publicly. In 1997,
a joint report from the Pentagon and the Justice Department
"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 global economic collapse coupled with the unpredictable
and increasingly catastrophic consequences of climate change
and resource scarcity, along with a new era of austerity defined
by rising unemployment and glaring inequality have already led
to massive protests in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and even Madison,
Wisconsin. From the progressive era to the Great Depression
to the civil rights movement, Americans have a rich history
of taking to the streets to demand greater equality.
Meanwhile, tens of millions of dollars have been invested in
the research and development of more media-friendly weapons
for everyday policing and crowd control. This has lead to a
trade-in of old school weapons for more exotic and controversial
technologies. The following are six of the most outrageous "non-lethal"
weapons that will define the future of crowd control.
The Invisible Pain Ray: The 'Holy
Grail of Crowd Control'
It sounds like a weapon out of Star Wars. The Active Denial
System, or ADS, works like an open-air microwave oven, projecting
a focused beam of electromagnetic radiation to heat the
skin of its targets to 130 degrees. This creates an intolerable
burning sensation forcing those in its path to instinctively
flee (a response the Air Force dubs the "goodbye effect").
The Invisible Pain Ray
The Pentagon's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP)
says, "This capability will add to the ability to stop,
deter and turn back an advancing adversary, providing an
alternative to lethal force." Although ADS is described
as non-lethal, a 2008 report by physicist and less-lethal
weapons expert Dr. Jürgen Altmann suggests otherwise:
" ... the ADS provides the technical
possibility to produce burns of second and third degree.
Because the beam of diameter 2 m and above is wider than
human size, such burns would occur over considerable parts
of the body, up to 50% of its surface. Second- and third-degree
burns covering more than 20% of the body surface are potentially
life-threatening — due to toxic tissue-decay products
and increased sensitivity to infection — and require
intensive care in a specialized unit. Without a technical
device that reliably prevents re-triggering on the same
target subject, the ADS has a potential to produce permanent
injury or death."
The weapon was initially tested in Afghanistan, but later
recalled due to a combination of technical difficulties
and political concerns, including the fear that ADS would
be used as a torture tool making it "not politically
tenable," according to a Defense Science Board report.
The tens of millions of dollars spent to develop the ADS
did not necessarily go to waste, however.
While the weapon may be too controversial for use on
the battlefield, it appears that nothing is too sadistic
for use on US prisoners, so the ADS has since been modified
into a smaller version by Raytheon, for use in law enforcement.
Last year, the renamed Assault Intervention System (AIS)
was installed at the Pitchess Detention Center's North County
Correction Facility at the behest of the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Former LASD Commander,
Charles "Sid" Heal had been lobbying for the pain ray for
years, calling it the "Holy Grail of Crowd Control,"
due to its ability to make people scatter almost instantly.
The device is operated by a jail officer with a joystick,
and is intended to break up prison riots, inmate brawls
and prevent assaults on officers. Sheriff Lee Baca added
that it would allow officers to quickly intervene without
having to physically enter the area to incapacitate prisoners.
The ACLU claims that use of such a device on American prisoners
is "tantamount to torture." The organization even
sent a letter to the sheriff in charge, demanding he never
use the energy weapon against inmates. "The idea that a
military weapon designed to cause intolerable pain should
be used against county jail inmates is staggeringly wrongheaded,"
said Margaret Winter, associate director of the ACLU National
Prison Project. "Unnecessarily inflicting severe pain and
taking such unnecessary risks with people’s lives is a clear
violation of the Eighth Amendment and due process clause
of the U.S. Constitution."
The pain ray’s use in the Pitchess Detention Center is
a pilot program. If successful, the weapon could find its
way into other prisons around the country. The National
Institute of Justice has also expressed interest in a hand-held,
rifle-sized, short-range weapon that could be effective
at tens of feet for law enforcement officials.
The Laser Blinding 'Dazzler'
The Personal Halting and Stimulation Response rifle, or
PHaSR, is a massive laser shooter. PHaSR technology is being
co-funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Joint
Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP), and the Office of the
Secretary of Defense, and is being developed by the Air
Force Research Laboratory. While JNLWP is interested in
the technology for military applications, NIJ is focusing
on its law enforcement use.
The Laser Blinding Dazzler
So what is the purpose of this light-shooting toy? Well,
it won't kill you, but it will temporarily blind you — or
as the NIJ prefers to say, it will "dazzle" you
into disorientation — by shooting you with two low-power
Protocol IV, the Blinding Laser Protocol of the United
Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons, states that,
"The use of laser weapons that are specifically designed,
as their sole combat function or as one of their combat
functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision
After the US agreed to the Blinding Laser Protocol in 1995
under President Clinton, the Pentagon was forced to cancel
several blinding laser weapon programs that were in the
works. But the PHaSR rifle can skirt this regulation because
the blinding effect is apparently temporary due to its low-intensity
According to a U.S. Air Force fact sheet, "The laser
light from PHaSR temporarily impairs aggressors by dazzling
them with one wavelength. The second wavelength causes a
repel effect that discourages advancing aggressors." The
JNLWP website says that a significant amount of research
and experimentation is still required to gain a full understanding
of the safety, military effectiveness, and limitations of
these future capabilities.
The Taser on Steroids
The Albuquerque Police Department now has Taser shotguns
in its arsenal. Most of us are familiar with hand-held Tasers
and understand that they only work if the police are standing
pretty close to you (about 20 feet).
The Taser on Steroids
But Taser has developed the Taser X12, a 12-gauge shotgun
that instead of firing lethal bullet rounds, is designed
to fire Taser projectile rounds. Known as Extended Range
Electronic Projectiles (XREP), the XREP cartridge is a self-contained,
wireless projectile that delivers the same neuro-muscular
incapacitation bio-effect (a fancy way of saying electric
shock) as the handheld Taser, but up to 100 feet.
According to a July 21 press release, Taser International
has taken the XREP to the next level, teaming up with the
Australian electronic gun company Metal Storm to enhance
the 12-gauge Multi-Shot Accessory Under-Barrel Launcher
The two companies will combine Metal Storm's MAUL stacked
projectile technology to "provide semi-automatic fire
as fast as the operator can squeeze the trigger," which
boasts a full weapon reload of up to five rounds in less
than two seconds. Picture five rounds of Taser XREP cartridges
flying out in less than two seconds up to 30 yards away
-- that is the plan.
In September 2010 Raw Story reported that the rate
of Taser-related deaths were on the rise. The story cited
an Amnesty International report from 2008 that found 351
Taser-related deaths in the US between June 2001 and August
2008, a rate of just slightly above four deaths per
month. About 90 percent of the victims were unarmed and
did not appear to pose any serious threat, according to
an article in the Boston Review. The Amnesty report
points out that Tasers are "inherently open to abuse as
they are easy to carry and easy to use and they can inflict
severe pain at the push of a button without leaving substantial
marks." In Amnesty's US 2010 report, the Taser-related death
toll had increased to 390. If the MAUL-Taser combined shooter
find its way into police departments around the country,
it may not bode well for the rate of Taser-related deaths.
Another project of Taser International, which was unveiled
in 2009, is the Shockwave Area-Denial System, which blankets
a large area with electrified darts, and a wireless Taser
projectile with a 100-meter range, helpful for picking off
"ringleaders" in unruly crowds. In 2007, Taser's French
distributor announced plans for a stun-gun-equipped flying
saucer that fires stun darts at criminal suspects or rioters;
however, it has yet to be unveiled. Clearly there is no
limit to Taser International’s capacity for creativity.
Calmative Agents for Riot Control
Calmatives are chemical or biological agents with sedative,
sleep-inducing or similar psychoactive effects. Although
the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention prohibits the use of
riot control agents in warfare, JNWLP and NIJ have long
considered calmatives for both military and law enforcement
applications, such as dispersing a crowd, controlling a
riot or calming a noncompliant offender.
like Valium, serotonin-reuptake inhibitors like Prozac,
and opiate derivatives like morphine, fentanyl, and
carfentanyl are being used on restive populations.
The most well-known and widely used riot-control agents
are tear gas (CS) and chloroacetophenone (CN), also known
as mace. A few ways that more advanced non-lethal calmatives
might be administered, depending on the law enforcement
environment, would include a topical or transdermal skin
application, an aerosol spray, an intramuscular dart, or
a rubber bullet filled with an inhalable agent.
In the March 2010 issue of Harper's Magazine, Ando
Arike gives an extensive overview of riot control technology
in his article "The Soft Kill: New Frontiers in Pain
Compliance." He wrote:
"Pentagon interest in "advanced riot-control agents"
has long been an open secret, but just how close we are
to seeing these agents in action was revealed in 2002,
when the Sunshine Project, an arms-control group based
in Austin, Texas, posted on the Internet a trove of Pentagon
documents uncovered through the Freedom of Information
Act. Among these was a fifty-page study titled "The Advantages
and Limitations of Calmatives for Use as a Non-Lethal
Technique," conducted by Penn State’s Applied Research
Laboratory, home of the JNLWD-sponsored Institute for
Non-Lethal Defense Technologies.
"Penn State’s College of Medicine researchers agreed,
contrary to accepted principles of medical ethics, that
"the development and use of non-lethal calmative techniques
is both achievable and desirable," and identified a large
number of promising drug candidates, including benzodiazepines
like Valium, serotonin-reuptake inhibitors like Prozac,
and opiate derivatives like morphine, fentanyl, and carfentanyl,
the last commonly used by veterinarians to sedate large
animals. The only problems they saw were in developing
effective delivery vehicles and regulating dosages, but
these problems could be solved readily, they recommended,
through strategic partnerships with the pharmaceutical
"Little more was heard about the Pentagon’s "advanced
riot-control agent" program until July 2008, when the
Army announced that production was scheduled for its XM1063
"non-lethal personal suppression projectile," an artillery
shell that bursts in midair over its target, scattering
152 canisters over a 100,000-square-foot area, each dispersing
a chemical agent as it parachutes down. There are many
indications that a calmative, such as fentanyl, is the
intended payload—a literal opiate of the masses."
[We urge you to see our article, "Measuring
the Depravity of the Elites: Pacifying the Poor through
Screaming Microwaves That Pierce
Researchers are in the process of developing the Mob Excess
Deterrent Using Silent Audio or MEDUSA (that's right, from
Greek mythology), which uses a beam of microwaves to induce
uncomfortable auditory sensations in the skull. The device
exploits the microwave audio effect, in which short microwave
pulses rapidly heat tissue, causing a shockwave inside the
skull that can be detected by the ears. MEDUSA’s audio effect
is loud enough to cause discomfort or even incapacitation.
It may also cause a little brain damage from the high-intensity
shockwave created by the microwave pulse.
Pierce the Skull
MEDUSA's intended purpose is deterring crowds from entering
a protected perimeter, like a nuclear site, and temporarily
incapacitating unruly individuals. So far the weapon remains
in development and is funded by the Navy.
The Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, built by American
Technology Corporation, focuses and broadcasts sound over
ranges of up to hundreds of yards. LRAD has been around
for years, but Americans first took notice when police used
it in Pittsburgh to ward off protesters at the 2009 G-20
summit. It is generally used in two ways: as a megaphone
to order protesters to disperse; or, if they disobey, as
an "ear-splitting siren" to drive them away. While LRAD
may not be deadly, it can permanently damage hearing, depending
on how it’s used.
Similar sonic blasters have proven deadly. One is the Thunder
Generator, an Israeli-developed shock wave cannon used by
farmers to scare away crop-threatening bird. According to
a Defense News report last year, the Israeli Ministry of
Defense has licensed a firm called ArmyTec to market the
Thunder Generator for military and security applications.
It works using gas from a cylinder of domestic liquid petroleum,
which is mixed with air and then detonated, producing a
series of high-intensity blasts. Patented "pulse detonation"
technology ensures high-decibel blasts. With an effective
range of up to 50 meters, the makers say it is extremely
loud but will not do any lasting damage. They warn, however,
that within 10 meters the Thunder Generator could cause
permanent damage or even death.
The application of pain to control or coerce people into submission
helps achieve the desired aims of perception management, while
sheltering the public from the brutality of such devices.
Perhaps these less-lethal tactics for crowd control do result
in fewer injuries. But they also severely weaken our capacity
to enact political change. Authorities have ever more creative
ways to manage dissent, at a time when the need for change by
popular demand is vital to the future of our society and the
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