• GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONFIRM SUCH WEAPONS EXIST, BECOMING STANDARD ISSUE IN WARFARE AND POLICE WORK
• ALLEGED VICTIMS DEMAND CONGRESS PROBE DOMESTIC 'DEW' USE
The old expression, "He never knew what hit him" comes to mind when considering the impact of a revolutionary change in the history of armed conflict: the transition from old-fashioned gunpowder and bullets to so-called "directed energy weapons" -- which emit invisible pulses of intense radiated energy instead of hot lead.
"DEW,"as it's referred to by law enforcement and defense/intelligence agencies, is no longer a science fiction fantasy popularized by boyhood heroes such as Luke Skywalker, Buck Rogers and Tom Corbett. Most likely, directed energy weapons are present right now on the street where you live, in the holsters of not just law enforcement officers and government agents, but also available to public and private patrol groups -- from uniformed business district officers to plain-clothed citizen watch groups, detectives, even private security guards.
DEW range from hand-held lasers that can stun, shock or impair vision, even damage eyesight in the event of prolonged or direct exposure, to powerful military-grade devices that can fire potent, concentrated beams of microwaves, x-rays, gamma rays, even sonic wave frequencies. This high-tech weaponry is said to be capable of inflicting serious damage, even behavioral changes, upon its human targets.
According to some reports on declassified government research projects, some DEW can altering human behavior by projecting frequencies -- by some accounts, even embedded messages -- directly into the brain, bypassing the auditory organs -- raising the once fantastic notion of externally administered "mind control."
Such weaponry makes possible the "perfect crime" -- the application of potentially deadly force or long-term physical or mental damage without leaving a trace of traditional forensic evidence.
Imagine how rogue elements in society, from terrorists to ideology-driven totalitarians, could use such weaponry to achieve their goals -- targeting "troublemakers," those deemed a "menace" to society, or even their political enemies.
Military and spy satellites may be capable of beaming directed energy attacks from space to Earth, in much the same manner as GPS navigation systems emanate from such satellites, according to published reports.
Emergency room personnel already may have been confronted with injuries caused by directed energy weapons without realizing it. A person diagnosed as having had a stroke or an aneurysm could possibly have come into the radiated beam path of such weaponry -- either inadvertently, or as a target.
Imagine what could happen in a society where rogue forces were able to employ such weaponry to neutralize or even eliminate those who stand in their way, or who dare to raise objections to their attempts to exercise control.
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES USING 'DEW' AGAINST CIVILIANS?
Some victims of so-called organized "gang stalking" and "community stalking" alleged to be supported by government-funded volunteer programs maintain that they have been subject to physical distress they attribute to assault using directed energy weapons. Victims, they say, may never learn the true cause of their physical or psychological maladies, accepting the word of "experts" that their conditions have arisen due to natural causes, medications, or by exposure to toxins, chemicals, or medical procedures.
One group, Freedom from Community Stalking and Electronic Harassment, is calling upon Congress to investigate DEW and the subject of organized gang/community stalking, which victims regarded as state-assisted domestic terrorism.
As of now, there are few if any laws or ordinances which specifically regulate the manufacture, distribution and deployment of such weaponry, although it's likely that laws concerning the use of "lethal" or "deadly" weapons would apply.
The Army recently publicized the development and impending deployment in Iraq of the euphemistically named "Active Denial System" -- a truck-mounted microwave weapon intended to repel an aggressive mob with stinging, burning sensations to the skin, supposedly without inflicting physical damage (provided, the military said, that system operators apply the the correct limits of dosage and exposure).
But some weapons analysts privately say that while officials are loathe to discuss it, the same capabilities have been miniaturized in the form of powerful hand-held weaponry -- the hand-held ray gun come to real life.
THE TARGET MAY NEVER EVEN KNOW IT: FBI
While each weapons system differs in capability and range, official literature from authoritative sources such as the FBI indicates that DEW are capable of inflicting serious physical harm, not just to the eyes but to the brain and other internal organs -- without leaving the telltale evidence associated with gunshot wounds. According to the FBI report, physical damage "can be taking place without the target even knowing that it is happening."
The FBI report focuses on the potential for mischief and misuse should these DEW fall into the hands of terrorists or criminals. It warns that even ubiquitous laser pointers could be used to disrupt aviation and to influence the outcome of athletic competition, presumably from pro sporting events to horse racing. But the report also cautions the law enforcement community itself that its personnel must recognize how DEW differs from traditional weaponry, and to adapt its policies accordingly.
States the report, in bureaucratic verbiage:
"Laser weapons and devices will have an immense impact on future policing activities, especially in the coming decades when they mature as systems and eventually move along the continuum from exotic to what will be considered more conventional weapons."
Translation: Law enforcement could be the targets of DEW themselves, and must take protective measures in the field. But officers of the law also must recognize that as DEW becomes standard issue, they must recognize the potential impact of its use -- and potential misuse -- on the people subject to their policing powers.
LINK TO FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN REPORT, APRIL 2008:
See related NowPublic.com story: "Vigilante Injustice" by Scrivener