Actively deny this

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It’s been a very long time coming. As we’ve previously reported, there have been calls to deploy the Active Denial System in Iraq going back to 2004. But it’s always been delayed for legal, political, and public relations reasons. Anything that might be condemned as torture is political dynamite. Interestingly, the version being bought is not the full-size “Version 2,” but a containerized system known as Silent Guardian, which Raytheon have been trying to sell for some time. They describe Silent Guardian as “roughly 1/3 the size and power of the other Active Denial Systems,” and quote it’s range as “greater than 250 meters.” The larger system has a range somewhere in excess of 700 meters.

Keep in mind how the mostly “non-lethal” Taser is being abused (here’s a recent example), and try to imagine the potential for abuse by this thing.  And just wait for one to be “deployed” domestically, just in case, you know, they have to deal with a mass of domestic terrorists.

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