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A microwave "pain ray" energy weapon, deemed too controversial for US military use in Iraq, has nonetheless gone into service. A trial installation is in use at a prison in Los Angeles for the purpose of quelling fights among the inmates.
"We hope that this type of technology will either cause an inmate to stop an assault or lessen the severity of an assault by them being distracted by the pain as a result of the beam," Commander Bob Osborne of the LA County Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Daily News.
I suspect this weapon will be deployed as a crowd control technique in the near future, I think that is totally within the realms of possibility. But first as you can imagine it must be trialled and tested, and who better than the guinea pigs of the US penal system?
Originally posted by Kaytagg
I'm sure this will never ever be abused, ever. And nor is it torture. Lets look up the definition of torture, shall we?
the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
SEE! We're not getting information from them, so it isn't torture. We're just distracting them from fighting by lighting their skin on fire.
In conclusion, I think we need these devices on every street corner. If it's good enough for our prisoners, whom already get free healthcare and other services provided to them by the state (it's practically a day spa) then we should be afforded the same luxury.
A pain ray on every street corner would ensure that if somebody tried to mug you, they'd be too distracted with pain to follow through with it.
There's absolutely no potential for abuse with these things. None.