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Are the Torture Weapons Used on the Terrorists the Same Ones Used on Guinea Pig US Citizens?
 


21 September 2006 at 6:31:49 AM
salon

I wrote about this last week, where an Air Force secretary said that microwave devices should be *tested* on US citizens before turning them on people of other countries. Why? Because it might hurt world opinion-so much better to fry guinea pigs HERE. You might remember that, during the RNC, there were plans to use LRAD, a sonic device that would split eardrums, against protesters.

This article shows there are more in the works, including

Pulsed Energy Projectiles, which inflicts excrutiating pain from about 2 km away and is meant to be used on rioters-has pain researchers up in arms that their research is being turned to these ends.

New Scientist contacted two researchers working on the project. Martin Richardson, a laser expert at the University of Central Florida, US, refused to comment. Brian Cooper, an expert in dental pain at the University of Florida, distanced himself from the work, saying "I don't have anything interesting to convey. I was just providing some background for the group." His name appears on a public list of the university's research projects next to the $500,000-plus grant.

John Wood of University College London, UK, an expert in how the brain perceives pain, says the researchers involved in the project should face censure. "It could be used for torture," he says, "the [researchers] must be aware of this."

Here's some more-

Anti-personnel non lethal directed energy weapons include lasers, high power electro-magnetic pulse and directional acoustic weapons. One of the systems currently in use is the SaberShot laser dazzler – this hand held or weapon mounted low-power device uses 250Mw of 532nm green-laser. When directed at the target, the laser's optics temporarily expand to generate a blinding light which penetrates smoke, fog at twice the range of white light. Modulation of such high intensity light cause disorientation, dazzle and blink reaction that reduces the target's activity.

But here's the real question. Bush says he won't talk about torturing people because, basically, he doesn't want to tip his hand to others about the *methods* being used. So, are the people who have been accused of being terrorists been subjected as guinea pigs to these weapons? And why are American citizens talked of as being targets for testing?

Goyette stayed on this story long enough for me to realize that I had missed its real significance. He's understandably struck by how quickly the Secretary's remarks seem to have been forgotten. I am, too, but I think I understand. This government is dismantling the world as we know it at an unprecendented rate. The suspension of civil liberties and the codifying of torture into law are only two examples. It's becoming increasingly difficult for many people to keep up with the pace of change while its happening, either psychologically or cognitively.

These revelations about mass "torture technology," and the Secretary's remarks, need to be viewed in the context of our collective "future shock." This Administration - which illegally uses the military to spy on Quaker peace demonstrators, violates laws and the Constitution with impunity, and degrades its country through torture - is literally capable of anything.

The idea of subjecting demonstrating Americans to group torture may seem unthinkable today. Yet a few years ago we couldn't have imagined that our government woul ban public demonstrations by forcing protesters into "Free Speech Zones" behind fences, miles away from other Americans. The unimaginable has now become real. This is only the next logical step, and it could happen soon.


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