Quite some time back, on one of our shows, we reported on a new SCI-FI to SCI-FACT energy weapon developed for the United States Army. Now it appears this futuristic device that could limit death and destruction may have found what the Department of Defense would term, a practical use.
MSNBC columnist Richard Lardner now says that the Army is considering using the weapon to try and stamp-out the increased number of insurgents coming into Iraq to fight coalition troops and terrorists who are now attacking innocent Iraqi civilians on an almost daily schedule.
Some internal military documents from U.S. commanders are telling Washington that many of those civilian and military soldier casualties could be avoided by using the new non-lethal weapon developed over the past decade.
So far the President and the Joint Chiefs have continued to deny military leaders in Iraq permission to activate the device, which uses energy beams instead of bullets and lets soldiers break up unruly crowds without firing a shot.
“It’s a ray gun that neither kills nor maims, but the Pentagon has refused to deploy it out of concern that the weapon itself might be seen as a torture device,” commented Lardner.
The weapon, is extremely expensive and could be an IDE target for terrorists as it sits atop a Humvee or a flatbed truck. This is one reason cited by the Pentagon for not deploying the weapon to Iraq. The “Active Denial System,” or ADS, makes people who are hit by the energy beam have the feeling that their skin is on fire. Weapons are immediately dropped to try and quell the painful affect, allowing soldiers to subdue them without causing permanent injury.
“I am convinced that the tragedy at Fallujah would not have occurred if an Active Denial System had been there,” scientist Gene McCall told Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.