Mob control gun for Iraq triggers alarm


Scientists are questioning the safety of a Star Wars-style riot control ray gun due to be deployed in Iraq next year.

The Active Denial System weapon, classified as "less lethal" by the Pentagon, fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam at rioters to cause heating and intolerable pain in less than five seconds.

The idea is people caught in the beam will rapidly try to move out of it and therefore break up the crowd.

But New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday that during tests carried out at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, participants playing the part of rioters were told to remove glasses and contact lenses to protect their eyes.
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Do they do it in the "Fawwty-Megawatt" range?
heh, I remember reading about that a few years ago, outstanding bit of kit. I wonder if we can use it on people belonging to that Liberty group, and Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth and .....
Apparently we're deploying a new baton round soon, 1 metre safety distance rather than 20 - bet that stings a bit ;)

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