17 December 2011 — The Wild Wild Left
More new toys on the horizon from Raytheon of Waltham, Massachusetts to make the coming police state terror goons as efficient as possible when dealing with those dirty f’ing regular people sleeping in parks unreasonably expecting that their constitutional rights will still accrue in the new world order.
Yoo ain’t seen nuthin’ yet…
Raytheon has a patent pending now for a new police shield that produces a low-frequency sound which resonates with the respiratory tract, making it hard to breathe. According to the patent, the intensity could be increased from causing discomfort to the point where targets become ‘temporarily incapacitated’.
But Raytheon’s non-lethal pressure shield creates a pulsed pressure wave that resonates the upper respiratory tract of a human, hindering breathing and eventually incapacitating the target. The patent points out that the sound waves being generated are actually not that powerful, so while protestors might collapse from a lack of oxygen reaching their brains, their eardrums won’t be damaged in the process. Phew!
And like Roman soldiers joining their shields to form a large impenetrable wall, these new riot shields can actually be networked together to form a larger acoustical horn, vastly improving their range, power, and effectiveness. There’s no word on what the long-term medical implications might be if you find yourself on the wrong side of one of these shields. But I imagine the unpleasant experience is not unlike being force choked from afar by Darth Vader.
Raytheon declined to comment on the work, says a NewScientist.com article, which also notes that:
‘We do not have sufficient technical detail yet to determine if there are any hidden medical implications,’ says Steve Wright of Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. ‘These are always a concern because of the risk to sensitive bodily functions such as hearing, or even inducing panic attacks in asthmatics.’
The biggest danger, he warns, is that the technology would be used for political control. ‘If authorities in Egypt or Syria had this, would they use it for dispersal or to shove crowds into potentially lethal harm’s way?’
Egypt or Syria? Or Occupy Wall Street?
Ooops. Sorry for accidentally suffocating you to death. Can you hear me?