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U.S. develops yet another tool for abusing civilians... · Friday January 26, 2007 by colin newell

U.S. develops yet another method of abusing humansThe US military has given the first public display of what it says is a revolutionary heat-ray weapon to repel enemies or disperse hostile crowds.

Called the Active Denial System, it projects an invisible high energy beam that produces a sudden burning feeling.

Military officials, who say the gun is harmless, believe it could be used as a non-lethal way of making enemies surrender their weapons.

Officials said there was wide-ranging military interest in the technology.

Heat energy up to 54C (130F) penetrates less than 0.5mm of skin
Manufacturers say this avoids injury, although long-term effects are not known… link

Ok. Here is the deal. I worked with a variety of microwave transmitting systems* (for the Canadian Federal Government) for about 4 years. The hazards of heating from microwave radiation are well known and published widely.

This kind of radiation damages your eyes and it can damage your D.N.A.
Anything AND I MEAN ANYTHING that the U.S. military says about this system is utter bull$hit.

For the record, I am a federally and provincially certified journeyman electronics and telecommunications technician fully qualified to operate, design and rebuild all manner of high power transmitting and receiving equipment.

  1. There should be no commas in that headline. You have a real problem with punctuation, don’t you?

    — Grammar A-hole    Jan 29, 09:23 pm    #
  2. also, it should be fairly easily defeataable with fine wire meshes acting as Farady cages so only those that don’t know or can’t get this (ie civilians) would find this a problem.

    BillCinSD    Jan 30, 11:02 am    #
  3. yup. I am a moron… no question

    colin (the editor)    Jan 30, 01:15 pm    #
  4. To heck with Faraday cages, how about a retro-reflector (like the geometry of a regular light reflector; carefully angled peaks and valleys bounce the radiation right back at its transmitter).

    dr2chase    Jan 31, 06:59 am    #

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