I’m writing this article because some people still don’t believe that pocket microwave guns (called by some, mobile phones) actually exist and are currently in use as weapons against others.
The 18 Oct 1907 Hague Convention (IV) on Law of War, it (see Article 23(e)) prohibits items that cause …unnecessary suffering. It is my contention having been on the receiving end that these weapons cause unnecessary suffering and are therefore banned. Regardless of the heritage of the manufacturer.
The following articles are collected from the web and some of them go back to 1985.
We start with an 29 year old special report on energy weapons from CNN
The Ray Gun By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, April 03, 2008
“…The Ray Gun was designed as a lethal weapon. During my conversation with Ms. Mary Walsh, she advised she was told by Pentagon officials the Ray Gun had been tested on animals. I was very surprised to hear this because Pentagon officials have just confirmed animals are used for testing of weapons such as the Ray Gun at Kirtland AFB. I coordinated the security when the truck loads of animals were being brought in during the middle of the night. Dead animals can’t speak, but if a goat or 500 pound cow can be killed almost instantly with the Ray Gun, then I believe most readers can safely assume a 175 pound man or woman could also die instantly from the intense heat.
The weapon could have been used in early 2003. Before I left for Iraq I had numerous meetings with AFRL/DE engineers and scientists. I knew the capabilities of the weapons. The scientists and their Directors asked me to test and evaluate the DE weapons at Kirtland AFB. I did this immediately after 11 Sep 2001. For several months, the weapons were operational and ready for use in Iraq ….” Dave Gaubatz.
ABC News: Microwave ‘Gun’ Could End High-Speed Police Chases
ABC News March 1, 2005 by Paul Eng
Microwave ‘Gun’ Could End High-Speed Police Chases: Company Develops Technology to Zap Fleeing Cars With Invisible Energy Beams.
The idea of a powerful ray gun has been a staple of science-fiction writing for decades. But a “weapon” that shoots invisible beams of energy could be making its way into law-enforcement hands soon.
The technology isn’t exactly something that would replace a police officer’s handgun. In fact, the system being developed by Eureka Aerospace in Pasadena, Calif., couldn’t even be crammed into a standard pistol holster.
But the developers say their device, which uses technology more closely related to flash cooking than Flash Gordon, may help stop criminals and terrorists in their tracks.
James Tatoian, chief executive of Eureka, says the High Power Electromagnetic System is designed to disable cars — say, those fleeing from police officers — using bursts of microwave energy.
“Basically, since the 1970s, every car is built with some sort of microprocessor-controlled system — like the ignition control and fuel pump control a lot of vital car systems,” says Tatoian. “If you introduce a parasitic current into their wires, it leads to a power surge which in turn burns out those microprocessors.”
Once the car’s chips are disabled, the vehicle will gradually slow to a halt, allowing police or other security forces to safely approach and apprehend the driver.
Parasitic current is reporter bullshit speak for high energy Microwave beam that overloads and fries the VLSI chips and causes the car to stop functioning on all it’s electronic circuits. Here is an article on how to measure parasitic current which will demonstrate that that terminology couldn’t stop a car under any conditions.: http://flashoffroad.com/electrical/CurrentDrain/currentdrain.pdf
A less harmful to humans version is now available. “In an attempt to put an end to dangerous, high-speed police chases, scientists at Eureka Aerospace have developed an electromagnetic pulse gun called the High Power Electromagnetic System, or HPEMS. It develops a high-intensity directed pulse of electricity designed to disable a car’s microprocessor system, shutting down all of its systems. Right now the prototype seen in a video fills an entire lab, but they have plans to shrink its size to hand-held proportions.
Microwave Weapon ‘Less Lethal’, But Still Not Safe
The Active Denial System, the Pentagon’s “less-lethal” microwave-based crowd-control weapon, produces potentially harmful hotspots when used in built-up areas, and its effects can be intensified by sweaty skin. The flaws call into question the weapon’s usefulness in hot conditions, like those in Iraq.
The ADS fires a microwave beam intended to heat skin without causing damage, while inflicting enough pain to force the victim to move away. However, tests of the weapon showed that reflections off buildings, water or even the ground can produce peak energy densities twice as high as the main beam. Contact with sweat or moist fabric such as a sweaty waistband further intensifies the effect.
‘Active Denial System’ could boost security of DOE nuclear assets
A multi-organizational team has developed technology that can be used to put the “heat” on adversaries and help protect DOE nuclear assets.
The DOE Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance (SSA) is exploring the potential to use directed energy weapons technology sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD), named Active Denial Technology (ADT), to help protect DOE nuclear assets.
Handheld Version Of Military “Pain Ray” Being Developed
“According to a recent article in New Scientist, defense contractor Raytheon is working on developing a portable, reduced-range version of the crowd-dispersal military technology known as Active Denial.”
Police Could Soon Get Their Hands on the U.S. Military’s ‘Pain Ray’
Its invisibility has prompted concerns from several quarters. A proposed trial of the portable “pain ray” at a California prison was canceled when fears arose about its possible use as a torture device. Currently, the National Institute of Justice is reviewing whether the Raytheon version will ever make it into civilian law enforcement.
My experiences between the 8th of August 2013 and the 6th March 2014 is that not only does it exist but it has been extended to operate via TCP from any device with Blue tooth/WiFi or Gigahertz frequency networking with centralised targeting. i.e.: many devices can be controlled from one location to aim at a single target.
“The U.S. military has a non-lethal toy straight out of dystopian science fiction.”
Raytheon is now building smaller versions for law enforcement or commercial maritime use – designed to be placed inside buildings, such as prisons, or mounted on ships for defence against, say, pirates. And soon there could be handheld versions of the pain ray. Raytheon has developed small experimental prototypes, one of which is about the size of a heavy rifle and is intended for police use.
Russia Working on Electromagnetic Radiation Guns
by: Staff Writers Herald Sun April 04, 2012 12:00AM
* Guns will use electromagnetic radiation
* Rays will attack victims’ central nervous system
* Have all your Jedi fantasies finally come true?
WHILE many believed it to be an April Fool’s Day joke, Vladimir Putin has confirmed Russia has been testing mind-bending psychotronic guns that can effectively turn people into zombies.
The futuristic weapons – which attack their victims’ central nervous system – are being developed by scientists and could be used against Russia’s enemies and even its own dissidents by the end of the decade.
Mr Putin has described the guns, which use electromagnetic radiation like that found in microwave ovens, as entirely new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals.
Plans to introduce the super-weapons were announced by Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
While the technology has been around for some time, MrTsyganok said the guns were recently tested for crowd control purposes.
“When it was used for dispersing a crowd and it was focused on a man, his body temperature went up immediately as if he was thrown into a hot frying pan,” Mr Tsyganok said.
“Still, we know very little about this weapon and even special forces guys can hardly cope with it,” he said.
Research into electromagnetic weapons has been carried out in the US and Russia since the ’50s but it appears Putin has stolen a march on the US.
Precise details have not been revealed but previous research has shown that low-frequency waves or beams can affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit suggestions and commands directly into someone’s thoughts.
Mr Putin said the technology is comparable in effect to nuclear weapons but “more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology”.
Mr Serdyukov said the weaponry based on new physics principles – direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons and psychotronic weapons – were part of the state arms procurement program for 2011-2020.
Raytheon’s Pain Gun Finally Gets Deployed In Afghanistan (update: recalled)
“It’s been six long years since we first got wind of the Pentagon’s Active Denial System, and four since it was slated to control riots in Iraq, but though we’ve seen reporters zapped by the device once or twice, it seems the Air Force-approved pain gun is only now entering service in Afghanistan.”
U.S. Testing Pain Ray In Afghanistan (Updated Again)
“The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side. And there’s no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel like they’re on fire.”
Raytheon Microwave Gun Recalled Amidst Controversy
“A controversial microwave weapon called the Active Denial System has been recalled from Afghanistan, according to an Air Force spokesperson.”
A Disturbing Trend, writes Ando Arike at Harper’s: “Although ‘first-generation’ weapons like rubber bullets and pepper spray have gained a certain acceptance, despite their many drawbacks, exotic technologies like the Active Denial System invariably cause public alarm. Nevertheless,The trend is now away from chemical and ‘kinetic’ weapons that rely on physical trauma and toward post-kinetic weapons that, as researchers put it, ‘induce behavioral modification’ more discreetly. One indication that the public may come to accept these new weapons has been the successful introduction of the Taser—apparently, even the taboo on electroshock can be overcome given the proper political climate.”
In fact, law enforcement is already setting up stings for people who are attempting to build these machines
Two Men Arrested For Trying To Build An X-Ray Gun
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported the curious case of Glendon Scott Crawford, a man with Ku Klux Klan connections who wanted to build an X-ray weapon to “help Israel kill its enemies while they slept.” It’s an act so unsubtle and cartoonishly evil that Hollywood execs would probably laugh the premise out of the room.
Crawford was arrested Tuesday, after a sting operation by FBI agents in which they provided Crawford and his co-conspirator, engineer Eric J. Feight, with an nonfunctioning X-ray machine. This begs the question: Could an actual weapon be made from a working X-ray machine?
X-rays are best known for taking pictures of the insides of people. While a regular dose in a medical setting is harmless, increased exposure to X-ray radiation can cause harm. In the grand scheme of radiation, it’s a modest dosage.
Like ultraviolet radiation, the kind that comes from the sun, too much X-ray radiation can cause cancer. That can be a death sentence, but it hardly compares to the kind of death sentence that would come from, say, a regular gun. The typical chest X-ray is 1 rad, or the base unit of radiation.
An intense X-ray that gives off 5-20 rad can cause chromosomal damage, and at 20-100 rad X-rays cause temporary reduction of white blood cell counts, risking reproductive health and sterility. At 200 rad, the earliest forms of radiation sickness can take effect, and 800 or more rad absorbed in a short time is almost always fatal. Crawford planned to create a device capable of generating lethal dosages of X-ray very quickly, probably taking no more than a few hours. He described his plan as “Hiroshima on a light switch,” according to the complaint.
Microwave weapons have been public knowledge since at least the 1985 CNN Report. That’s twenty-nine years. A lot happens in Technology in 29 years. We went from the Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz IBM PC to the iPhone 5s in the same time frame.
In that twenty-nine years we have combined and miniaturized technologies.
Anyone that doesn’t believe me after all the above, needs to ask themselves why the 2.4GHz spectrum used on their telephone is used for both for cooking, WiFi and Bluetooth ?