The simple fact of the matter is that 90% of the existing laser weapons exist _specifically_ to blind humans with temporary (short term militarily
acknowledged effects) 'dazzlement' leading to long term 'unmapped' damage that shows up months or years later. As corneal burns mimic the
behavior of glaucoma (clouding of the lens) while deeper retinal injuries (whose ultimate behavior is simply loss of sight) provide the joys of
initial symptomology that includes excruciating burning pain and 'bright spots' in the visual field up to complete flashover effects with nausea and
loss of coordination as the large scotoma like 'nulls' of retinal deterioration lead to eventual deadening and/or separation of tissue from the back
of the eye.
_Keep In Mind_ that something as simple as a laser pointer qualifies as a Type II or IIb eye hazard. And exposure to a 1 /watt/ laser has
instantaneous and permanent eye damage effects.
Realize that the most basic behavior or 'monochromatic, coherent (phase-aligned)' light radiation is that it wants to play energizer bunny. Which
means that when it is scintillantly scattered off any object which does not act as a perfect black body absorber, there are minimal further refraction
losses in the air but rather something like a disco ball effect. Furthermore, what is IS sometimes detected is pulse redoubling and multifrequent
doppler harmonic like effects which more or less makes even the nominal rating of 'eye safe' a joke in terms of predicted vs. actual spectral specie
When a deliberately engineered 'disturber' like the Chinese ZM-87 weapon (actively marketed for over a decade) is applied to unprotected troops,
high peak (pulsed) powers of up to 15KW are matched to average 'scanning' radiation of only about 10W. Yet effectively permanent blinding damage
can occur out to about 3km and dazzlement with 'variable' longterm effects out to about 10km.
Now notch the power up to 100KW. Hit a truck roof or windshield. And watch the light scatter in a dozen or more near IR strobes which saturate as
much as 10-20 square kilometers. Put the truck into motion. And your 'glitter' scintillance becomes a veritable mobile laser light show of random
eye hazard scattering.
_Which nobody sees a flash from to duck_.
Now imagine what happens when not only do we have soldiers coming home, worthless societal cripples for life because they've been lazed from MILES
away. Blindfolded like the victims of Phosgene in WWI.
But someone decides that a scientist or engineer at company A is perfecting X faster than his own company B can make product Y to compete and so
decides to zap him with a laser on the way to work.
Or some nutjob believes that it might be fun to see how MANY kids in a schoolyard he can zap before his battery runs out. Knowing that there will
never be any 'physical evidence at the scene' or key signature indication to cue a counter search such as muzzle report.
Or say a politician is standing in the way of a power block and rather than kill him outright it's simpler to just take away his sight if not his
vision. Except this politician hasn't run for office yet when he leads a demonstration against the G-8, whose security force, utterly 'beyond the
law' in their right to protect trade agreements ammounting to human slave trade and techno/resource piracy, decide to break up a 'hostile crowd led
by a radical leftwinger' without /hurting them/. With a laser added to the usual gas and rubber bullet mix, this becomes not only possible but
_coverable_. As one individuals 'freak biologic reaction' to an incapacitant or irritant chemical removes him from ever being the man with a plan,
in the future.
These are NOT low collateral weapons systems. They are the ultimate 'no time to duck, never misses' proof of why war itself must become a death
penalty crime to all who indulge in it. Lest it's technology not only invalidate man's presence on the battlefield (a long-since occurence we are
only beginning to IED-randomized understand).
But also because they make acts of little barbarism seem merciful in the way that they do not have immediate, bloody, consequences to 'disturb' the
herd mind of what society will and will not accept as being morally wrong.
DEWS are NOT some noble ideal of 'Star Wars' like gunfights at the OK corral. They potentially are the Devil's Own Flashlight of efficient,
effective, _ruthless_ oppression. If they have any value at all, it is in the way they will make even 'proud warriors' cower in fear of losing
sight of their own mystique. Literally.
Wide Area Blinding Effects
Blinding Laser Weapons
HR Watch Report