Don’t laze me, bro!!
Yes, the Pentagon has perfected the world’s first practical use ray gun and it’s called the Active Denial System.
Essentially it’s a laser fired from a vehicle that heats the first layer of skin. This causes pain equal to having scalding water thrown on you. The Pentagon is patting itself on the back for making a crowd deterrent that won’t kill.
It’s intended for protest / riot control in Iraq, yet they have yet to ship it there. This has caused people to speculate that this ray gun is intended for homeland use first. This 60 Minutes story lends some credence to that paranoia.
In this video demonstration for the news show, the Air Force conducted a laser test on a mock crowd. This scenario was meant to be one “soldiers might encounter in Iraq”.
Then why do the test subjects look like domestic peace protesters? They’re even carrying “Peace Not War” signs. Wouldn’t the Iraqi analogy go a lot further if the signs weren’t in English? Is this new weapon for them… or us? (If you can’t see the video below, click here)
According to Raw Story, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne was quoted as saying that the device should be used first on Americans, because “if we’re not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation. … If I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press.”
Raytheon, the contractor behind the weapon, is already at work on limited range versions for local law enforcement. It will be called Silent Guardian. Better name, but still kind of scary.
Here’s Raytheon’s press release on the system.