"Less lethal" riot control ray gun to be deployed in Iraq next year

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Donald Melanson
July 21, 2005 12:35 PM
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Active Denial System

The US military plans to deploy the Active Denial System weapon, a "less lethal" pain gun, in Iraq next year, but the system is already causing concern among scientists. The weapon is intended to be used as a riot control device, firing a 95GHz microwave beam at a crowd, causing heat and intolerable pain in less five or fewer seconds. But in tests at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, it's been reported that participants were told to remove eyeglasses and contact lenses to protect their eyes, and take any coins or other metal objects out of their pockets to keep "hot spots" from developing on their skin.  Yikes, what do you have to do to draw that assignment?

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