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Well, that RAI video was pretty information-free.
For a while, there was a much longer statement from both doctors online over at AlJazeera, and it was just chock-full of bits even RAI wouldn't put in. Unfortunately, they've pulled it and I didn't save it. But "doctor no. 2" really gets into it with a tale of something being shot into their stomachs, and crawling up their necks where it slices their heads off to escape. I guess it was too nuts even for RAI.
You'll note there weren't any pictures or hard evidence either, although the cameraman seemed to be trying really hard to imply it by zooming in on a random Iraqi child (NOT involved with the 'incident') while the doctor was speaking.
The things you should ask yourself in the name of common sense seem to be:
1) What "shrinks" people? How can that possibly happen? Even if they were cooked, the bones wouldn't shrink. Ever baked a bone-in ham? Did the bone shrink? I've done entire hogs...no pint-size minihog at the end.
2) Maybe you'll get something different, but it seemed to be that they were saying no survivors, then the driver survived, then there were other survivors. It was pretty confusing. But if there were ANY survivors, wouldn't you interview THEM?
3) What cuts off arms, legs and heads of people in a moving van, but leaves the limbs and torso intact? Can you think of any vantage point from which even a science fiction movie laser could dissect limbs from a trunk? It's tough even for one person, because to cut the arms off takes a different angle than the legs, and in most cases you can get a pair of limbs but not all of them. When you have a moving van full of people, it would take 50 invisible ninja laser warriors to cover all the angles. Further, while I could almost see burning their heads off and leaving the rest unharmed, the doctors repeatedly described that the legs were cut off as well. How does this happen without just liquifying the van? And if that happened, how could there have been so many un-incinerated body parts? Remember, the doctors had a very detailed and gruesome description of the inside of the van. They did not say it was melted into a puddle, it had entrails scattered here and there (on the roof?). Given the detail level of the descriptions, that seems odd to omit.
4) One doctor recounts the driver having said (I think) that they turned around at a checkpoint, there was a flash, and all the people's arms and legs fell off. That implies that the thing that could do this would be at a checkpoint (would you place a new secret weapon at a common checkpoint?). Further, the driver's account didn't cover "and there were really huge and/or unusual looking things there".
RAI later tries to link Zeus, THEL, the Ionatron and VMADS to the story as possible culprits. VMADS couldn't possibly cut off arms and legs. Zeus could maybe set their hair on fire and give them really nasty facial burns, but it doesn't focus anywhere near tightly enough to cut off limbs, even if it had the power. A THEL could probably do you some damage in terms of cooking you like a barbecue, but the beam from a THEL is anything but razor-thin. Ionatron is still a pipedream, but it's more of an electrical discharge down a plasma channel carved by a UV guide laser. It's sort of a super taser thing, I don't think it was ever intended to cook anything.
Moreover, these things are all big, weird looking or both. THEL and Ionatron have to be towed in on 18 wheelers. That laser head you see in THEL photos doesn't show the 18 wheeler sized support trucks in the background. It takes a LOT of crap to make a THEL go. VMADS has that big phased array antenna. Zeus is probably the least abnormal looking thing in the bunch.
The 'witness' also claims there was no sound. Just a flash, and everyone was dead. THEL sounds like a freight train - it's big, it has a lot of crap attached, and when it's fired it vents a huge cloud of steam under a lot of pressure. And it smells funny. Zeus and Ionatron take a big diesel generator so they 'rev up' for several seconds before a shot. VMADS takes most of the vehicle power so they rev up too, but it's not as intrusive as a Zeus or Ionatron. None of these things are silent by any stretch.
On top of which, the description was something like "they turned around at the checkpoint, and as they passed the checkpoint going back, there was a flash ..."
Now, that sounds like it would be awfully close to the checkpoint physically, right? Where the other guys are standing? If you've ever fired a big IR laser at something, you know that you don't just stand around near the target. You can get all sorts of random reflections off the target as you illuminate it, and at a power level high enough to cause random spontaneous limb detachment (heh) you would be in extreme danger yourself if you were just a few feet away. You'll notice the driver didn't say, "and as I turned around, everyone suddenly jumped behind a big barricade and put on goggles"