Thursday, August 26, 2010

DOJ Funds California Prison's Skin-Burning Ray Gun

A Department of Justice technology grant will pay $750,000 for a California prison to acquire a directed energy weapon to use on recalcitrant prisoners. The LA County Sheriff's Department will install the weapon by Labor Day. It's a less powerful version of Raytheon's combat crowd controller, known as Silent Guardian. Silent Guardian has a range of 800 feet, while the prison unit covers 65 feet.

The second post on this blog was about Eisenhower's Military Industrial Complex, engorged from years on federal budget steroids. While my piece is a scatter shot, it does address directed energy weapons.

My third post dealt with the abysmal White House Lessons Learned report on Hurricane Katrina. Both are as timely today as they were in 2006. What change?

Does anyone else see a future where officials use a skin-burning ray to herd people suffering in the aftermath of a devastating storm? It zaps them away from shuttered stores with scarce food and water. That's zero tolerance.

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