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Non-lethal weapons meant to control YOU

The Pentagon has been experimenting with, developing, and even using non-lethal weapons which are meant to control large groups of the population.

The New Scientist reported in 2002 on US National Academy of Sciences documents on weapons development which "are supposed to be public records." These records were suppressed, however, "citing security concerns after 11 September."

The documents in question were collected in 2001 by a panel of academic and industry scientists set up by the NAS to evaluate recent non-lethal weapons research for the Pentagon's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program. The US took an increased interest in non-lethals after its disastrous peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 1993, when rioting civilians killed American soldiers.

The panel, whose report is due out later in 2002, collected 147 reports and proposals from researchers, many of them funded by the JNLWP. One group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, for example, proposes using intense electromagnetic fields to produce effects "ranging from the disruption of short-term memory to total loss of control of voluntary bodily functions". Others propose directed energy weapons.

The New Scientist also reports,

"The withheld documents also include proposals to use stink bombs, sedatives and opium derivatives as weapons, which Wheelis thinks would contravene the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1992. This prohibits "any chemical which ... can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm".1

The Associated Press revealed a frightening story of Pentagon directed-energy experiments:

A few months from now, Peter Anthony Schlesinger hopes to zap a laser beam at a couple of chickens or other animals in a cage a few dozen yards away. If all goes as planned, the chickens will be frozen in mid-cluck, their leg and wing muscles paralyzed by an electrical charge created by the beam, even as their heart and lungs function normally.

They even suggest that these weapons could be used to "deal with hostile but unarmed crowds."

They also report that at an Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico,

researchers working with Raytheon Co. have developed a weapon called the Active Denial System, which repels adversaries by heating the water molecules in their skin with microwave energy. The pain is so great that people flee immediately.

"A Humvee-mounted Active Denial weapon is expected to be given to all services by the end of this year for evaluation," writes the AP, "with a decision about deployment expected by the end of 2005."2

The London Telegraph also reported in 2004, "microwave weapons that cause pain without lasting injury are to be issued to American troops in Iraq."

Using technology similar to that found in a conventional microwave oven, the beam rapidly heats water molecules in the skin to cause intolerable pain and a burning sensation. The invisible beam penetrates the skin to a depth of less than a millimetre. As soon as the target moves out of the beam's path, the pain disappears.

Because there are no after-effects, the United States Department of Defence believes that the weapons will be particularly useful in urban conflict. The beam could be used to scatter large crowds in which insurgents operate at close quarters to both troops and civilians.

"The skin gets extremely hot, and people can't stand the pain, so they have to move - and move in the way we want them to," said Col. Wade Hall of the Office of Force Transformation, a body formed in November 2001 to promote rapid improvement across all of the American armed services.3

These weapons supposedly do not cause any harm beyond the pain while the weapon is engaged. However, they should still be a concern to all Americans, as the U.S. government will without consider using them on American streets for crowd control. This type of weaponry would make it very easy for the United States government to strip the citizens of their right to protest peacfully in public. Throughout the history of this country, including very recently, the U.S. government has violated that right, and violated laws pertaining to the use of military troops and equipment on against citizens U.S. soil. With this sort of weaponry, the government will have the power to stop any peaceful protest that they wish.


  1. "US non-lethal weapon reports suppressed", New Scientist, May 9, 2002. (accessed May 10, 2007).
  2. Regan, Michael P., "Pentagon Looks to Directed-Energy Weapons", Associated Press, August 1, 2004. (accessed January 12, 2006).
  3. Freinberg, Tony, & Rayment, Sean, "Crowd control weapons, to be used by US troops on Iraq rioters", Telegraph, September 19, 2004. (accessed May 10, 2007).

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