Posted: 2/25/2001 9:19:00 AM EDT
A brief snippet about a non-lethal weapon the USMC is testing:
I think there are a lot these kinds of projects going on. The end result will likely be bad for freedom loving people around the globe. Now, force can be used in a way that is deniable and untraceable. It all sounds great--dispersing riots using this technology, etc. Unfortunately, it will be used to oppress as well. You will know when these devices have really arrived and are in use--legislators will introduce bills banning civilians from owning/using them.
The future is not in metallic cased, directed explosive, projectile technology.
That's nothing new, beam directed beam microwave transmitters have been around for a long time, and they can do the same thing.
Just within 20 feet of a "clothsline" type HF antenna when it is transmitting on a military aircraft can burn you pretty good.
Some of those "pencil beam" sat-com antennas can do damage at 50 feet.
It wouldn't be too hard to modify and boost say a standard microwave oven's transmitter to accomplish the same thing.
I can see it now, pre and post ban microwave ovens.......