‘Nonlethal’ weapon makes you feel like your skin is being burned off - hmmm, sounds humane

According to documents obtained for Wired News under federal sunshine laws, the Air Force’s Active Denial System, or ADS, has been certified safe after lengthy tests by military scientists in the lab and in war games.

The beam produces what experimenters call the "Goodbye effect," or "prompt and highly motivated escape behavior." In human tests, most subjects reached their pain threshold within 3 seconds, and none of the subjects could endure more than 5 seconds.

The ADS was developed in complete secrecy for 10 years at a cost of $40 million. Its existence was revealed in 2001 by news reports, but most details of ADS human testing remain classified. There has been no independent checking of the military’s claims.

The development of a truly safe and highly effective nonlethal crowd-control system could raise enormous ethical questions about the state’s use of coercive force. If a method such as ADS leads to no lasting injury or harm, authorities may find easier justifications for employing them.



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Posted: December 5th, 2006
at 12:10pm by Pheezatron

Categories: not ninja-worthy,robots,politricks,weaponry,fo' real?

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  1. how could it hurt that bad, but be considered ‘safe’? i mean, what if they hit me with it for 10 seconds? youre telling me no nerve damage or anything, i wont lose my mind or something? please…PLUS, this just means that th po will be hitting people with the thing ALL THE TIME. greeeaaattttt……


    5 Dec 06 at 12:21 pm


  2. This sounds cool and at the same time TOTALLY WHACK. Like menace said, if this thing supposedly doens’t do any damage, jake is going to be using it until the cows come home. it will be much harder to argue against in the political sphere – thus it will become a common and often used weapon. it sounds like it is super-effective…. basically it will give the police total control of any dispute. is that good?


    5 Dec 06 at 2:11 pm


  3. what i love more than the previous comments are the categories this got blogged under….because i couldn’t agree with them more. not ninja worthy indeed


    6 Dec 06 at 9:51 am



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