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Sonic 'Lasers' Head to Flood Zone

The Pentagon's Secret Scream heads to New Orleans . . .

trial run for domestic martial law ["aid distribution" (see below)??!???? - naaaahhhh].
the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)
the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)
Sonic 'Lasers' Head to Flood Zone
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Representatives of both companies say that within days, they will ship some units of their respective products to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, so authorities can use the tools for crowd control, aid distribution and rescue operations.
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American Technology is donating four devices -- three MRADs (medium-range acoustic devices) and one LRAD (long-range acoustic device). The four devices will be shipped out Friday to a Marine military police unit that is deploying to the Gulf States area for disaster-relief efforts.


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Invisible beam tops list of nonlethal weapons

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/06/289936.shtml

Test subjects can't see the invisible beam from the Pentagon's new, Star Trek-like weapon, but no one has withstood the pain it produces for more than three seconds.

People who volunteered to stand in front of the directed energy beam say they felt as if they were on fire. When they stepped aside, the pain disappeared instantly.

The long-range column of millimeter-wave energy is known as the "Active Denial System" for its ability to prevent an aggressor from advancing. Senior military officials, who plan to deliver the device for troop evaluation this fall, say years of testing has produced no sign it will lead to health effects beyond perhaps causing skin to temporarily redden.

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The Pentagon's Secret Scream

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/03/282470.shtml

Marines arriving in Iraq this month as part of a massive troop rotation will bring with them a high-tech weapon never before used in combat or in peacekeeping. The device is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone so excruciating to humans, its boosters say, that it causes crowds to disperse, clears buildings and repels intruders.

"[For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It will knock [some people] on their knees."

The new megaphone being deployed to Iraq can operate at 145 decibels at 300 yards, according to American Technology, well above the normal threshold for pain. The company posits a scenario in which Al Qaeda terrorists would run screaming from caves after being subjected to a blast of high-decibel sound from the devices, their hands covering their ears. But in Baghdad or other Iraqi towns, where there are crowds and buildings, the sick and elderly, as well as children, are likely to be in the weapon's range.

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Raytheon Beam Controls Mobs

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/04/285539.shtml

They call it "non-lethal" because you don't die right on the spot, but it is essentially an open-air microwave oven, with all the genetic and health damage that implies.


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Microwaving Iraq
'Pacifying' Rays Pose New Hazards In Iraq

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/01/309265.shtml

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