08.24.10

Cult of EMP Crazy: Pain ray to shoot people who can’t shoot back in LA

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Stumble and Fail, War On Terror at 10:57 am by George Smith

In watching Fox News this morning, DD caught a Megyn Kelly segment on the latest whereabouts of the Active Denial System, or pain ray.

I last wrote of it in July when the US military withdrew the thing from Afghanistan without ever having used it.

Summing up:

One imagines very few sane US military leaders would want to see their careers incinerated upon publicized or leaked news on use of the wonderful pain ray on civilians in Afghanistan.

However, the ADS redeployment to a Los Angeles jail, where it can be used on prisoners who can’t launch a counterattack against it, is an industry thing.

Specifically, Ratheon’s, which has long wanted to peddle a commercial version of the ADS into US prisons and police forces. Where, presumably, it can argue behind closed doors that the American public won’t care if prisoners are burned with it. And so they won’t step up suicide attacks and miscellaneous bombings in retaliation for employing it.

Although the Fox News segments on the thing — renamed the AID (you just have to laugh at the cartoonish evil of it) for Assault Intervention Device — participated in the usual stunt, sending a reporter out to be burned, the bloom is well off the weed.

Even Megyn Kelly had to admit the pain ray was a publicity disaster for the US military. And now only a moron, or someone paid to stand still and get burned, thinks getting shot by the pain ray while Raytheon’s technicians perform the test, is great stuff.

So what’s the connection with the Los Angeles jail?

Probably Sid Heal, although the stories didn’t mention him.

For longer than DD can remember, Sid Heal — who retired from the LA County’s Sheriff Department in 2008, has been trying to pitch the pain ray in Los Angeles.

An article from the New Yorker that year reads:

In January, Heal gave notice that he would retire from the Sheriff’s Dept. on March 31st. At that point, he had received at least sixteen job offers. The offer he finds most interesting involves consulting with Raytheon on the Active Denial System — the pain ray.

Raytheon desperately wants to peddle the pain ray into the US correctional system, a task they’ve been at for at least half a decade.

And while the US can’t use the blighted thing overseas for obvious reasons — the reputation for torturing the unarmed being one, the corporation presumably feels there is no such squeamishness in prisons. Where shooting penned up out-of-sight undesirables means out-of-mind undesirables.

Just picture it: Prison guards — big guys, often obese and/or hyper-muscular from a mixed regimen of weight-lifting and steroids, working in a jail — Pitchess — notorious for its bad conditions, and the pain ray.

I just can’t think of a more humane and reasonable combination, can you?

Well, hold that, maybe you can in 2010 America.

1 Comment

  1. Dick Destiny » Welcome to the Future said,

    August 27, 2010 at 6:51 am

    […] magazine that he was interested in a Raytheon consulting offer, based on peddling the pain ray. Here, from earlier this […]