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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:07 PM
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U.S. Develops Electric Bullets to Fire Into Crowds
This article really puts the story together well:
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2005/8/23/132750/438

RawStory: "WEAPONS designed to fire 'electric bullets' into crowds are being developed for police and border protection agencies in the US," according to the UK publication, the New Scientist.

DemocracyNow!:
he government is developing a new generation of electric shock weapons that could be fired from across a city street or across a sports stadium. A Texas company called Lynntech is developing a projectile that can be fired from a shotgun or grenade launcher that sticks to the target and delivers an 80,000-volt shock for seven seconds. Further shocks can be triggered via remote control. (From Democracy Now! headlines, Aug. 23, 2005)

Reuters:
The of Homeland Security is seeking alternatives with broader uses like light lasers or guns firing electric bullets to combat all manner of felon.
"People encountered can range from aggressors who are hardened criminals to mentally disturbed teenagers ... from protesting crowds that include children and elderly, to street gangs," the Homeland Security Department, which is soliciting prototypes from industry, said on its Web site.


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Is it fascism yet?
Having just finished "It Can't Happen Here", it is deeply depressing to consider the array of weapons (Diebold, corp. media, crowd control, surveillance, tracking) which they now have to prevent any impact or threat from the grassroots.

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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:16 PM
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1. More ways to electrocute somebody...
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:18 PM
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2. The electric chair is SO passe nowadays n/t
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:18 PM
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3. A little related thread
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


Nothing is amazing me anymore, though.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:19 PM
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4. Anyone out there doubt the US is an emerging police state?
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:21 PM
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5. Lovely...
....this sounds like a weapon that the Green Goblin would use.

Why is our government spending so much time and effort developing dangerous weapons that hurt people--instead of bettering our nation?

I swear to God, the leaders of our country are turning into comic-book villains. They are obsessed with destruction, death and violence and it's really sick.

Spiderman, where are you?
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A Simple Game Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:26 PM
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6. Someone sure seems
obsessed with crowd control in the last 4 or 5 years. Or is it just me?
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:28 PM
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7. How much electricity does it take to kill someone?
I wouldn't be thrilled to be on the receiving end of 80,000 volts. Shoot, 100 volts is way more than enough.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 02:56 PM
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8. Another weapon intended for "body shots only"
but what happens when the shot goes astray, and hits someone in the head, or hits a child?

This is a disastrous idea.

Non-Lethal is not the end-all and be-all here.
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 07:03 AM
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12. And they even RECOGNIZE it is likely to hit childrem in their own website!
I suppose I should be grateful that they are at least recognizing reality..? Instead of pretending that it would never happen..

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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 03:47 PM
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9. Bushler has really gone over the top on crowd control weapons
I'm guessing because it appears quite likely the lid will come off of the 9/11 MIHOP and similar.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 04:09 PM
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10. Bingo!
And the camps are also ready.
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-05 04:16 PM
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11. and they've been getting used, too
All that Guantanamo on the Hudson stuff and so on.
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