Saturday, October 11, 2008

Freedom Fried

Aviation Week reported the Pentagon will ink a deal for Raytheon's Silent Guardian. The truck mounted pain ray drives off crowds with a microwave like beam. Like other "nonlethal" law enforcement tools, it has the capacity to kill. When will that domestic combat brigade get their Silent Guardian? Their task clearly fits:

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

Soldiers would need to train on crowd management and control. That includes monitoring the unruly body's movement. Congress helped approve a new tool, domestic satellite surveillance, that should help immensely. The Wall Street Journal reported:

The program is designed to provide federal, state and local officials with extensive access to spy-satellite imagery -- but no eavesdropping -- to assist with emergency response and other domestic-security needs, such as identifying where ports or border areas are vulnerable to terrorism.

Get ready to be freedom fried. Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his Monticello grave, the rotating cold spot on the computer image.