November 18, 2007


How I was zapped by a heat wave gun (Philip Sherwell, 18/11/2007, Daily Telegraph)

On a cold and rain-swept morning on a US marine base, I stood and braced myself to be zapped by the latest prototype weapon in the American armoury - an invisible heat beam from a high-powered ray gun.

The non-lethal device is designed for crowd control and the scientists responsible for monitoring this Star Trek technology had just assured me that I would suffer no harm and only temporary discomfort.
The Active Denial System (ADS)

But my mind was still conjuring up the impact of a scalding shower or a burning iron as I stared, 500 yards down the firing range, at the unnerving sight of an armoured vehicle with the large antenna dish of its Active Denial System (ADS) pointing directly at me.

Then the officer standing next to me used his radio to call in the strike.

A moment later, jolted by a blast of directed energy delivered at the speed of light, I was squirming, grimacing and heading rapidly for cover - just as intended.

It felt as if I had opened a furnace with my face too close and been hit by a wall of scorching heat. Or, that I had been exposed to a searing draft of air from a huge hair-dryer, turned to extra hot - around 130F, to be precise.

Either way, it was intolerable after just a couple of seconds and I scurried out of the way - fast. But as soon as I escaped the fire zone, the temporary burning sensation subsided, although my skin continued tingling for several minutes.

The Hyper-Power is become so dominant that we need not even harm our foes to vanquish them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2007 4:07 PM

Ponder the "just-war" and "proportionality" ramifications.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 18, 2007 6:26 PM

Ponder the idea that nothing will prevent this from being used for torture (or whatever else we may call it).

Posted by: Bruno at November 19, 2007 9:10 AM