posted on May, 28 2006 @ 05:05 PM
Lasers are most effective in a non-atmospheric environment, such as space, because there are no particles, dust or otherwise, to diminish or block the
beam. Laser communications were once tried out by U.S.N. submarines, but they quickly found out that the medium of water, and particularly saltwater,
quickly causes a laser to 'fizzle out,' decreasing its range to around 1 (or so) mile.
A laser that is powerful enough to blind is not powerful enough to kill. Our eyes are by far the most delicate external feature of our body,
and so that laser targets them.
The only lasers that could cut through flesh and industrial-grade steel cutters, but contrary to popular belief (i.e. James Bond movies) the laser
must be pressed up against the surface it is to cut. Further than a few metres, and the effect it would have on you is negligible.
But why use a laser to hurt personnel? Surely there are much more vital things in an infrastructure, things that are much more susceptible to damage?