This is pretty cool technology, but OUCH.
Scientists are questioning the safety of a Star Wars-style riot control ray gun due to be deployed in Iraq next year.
The Active Denial System weapon, classified as “less lethal” by the Pentagon, fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam at rioters to cause heating and intolerable pain in less than five seconds.
Less lethal? Is that like ‘mostly dead’?
“How do you ensure that the dose doesn’t cross the threshold for permanent damage? Does the weapon cut out to prevent overexposure?,” asked Neil Davison, coordinator of the non-lethal weapons research project at Britain’s Bradford University.
As compared to say a machine gun? Am I wrong to think that any non-lethal weapon is preferable to a lethal weapon, at least if you are on the receiving end?
More from CNN.com
Looks like the rest of the world is as lawsuit happy as the U.S. — Family member dies = PAY DAY
LONDON, England (CNN) — The family of a Brazilian man shot dead by armed police officers at a London subway station say they are considering legal action.
I’m sorry, but if you are being chased by a bunch of police the week after a terrorist attack and they tell you to freeze or they will shoot, I’m thinking that you might want to stand still. I know that running from the police doesn’t make you guilty, but can you really blame them for shooting you if they suspect you are a suicide bomber and you run away from them?
Asked if his family was taking legal action, Menezes’ cousin Alex Alves Pereira said the police had to pay for the mistake. “They have to pay for that in many ways, because if they do not, they are going to kill many people, they are going to kill thousands of people,” Pereira told BBC television.
“they are going to kill thousands of people”????? Umm…I can’t even think of a response to that.