Non-lethal weapons

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Sep
2006

Official Touts Nonlethal Weapons for Use

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/wire/sns-ap-air-force-weapons,1,4148740.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true

By LOLITA C. BALDOR,
Associated Press Writer
2:46 PM PDT, September 12, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before they are used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.

Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions in the international community over any possible safety concerns, said Secretary Michael Wynne.

"If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press."

The Air Force has funded research into nonlethal weapons, but he said the service isn't likely to spend more money on development until injury issues are reviewed by medical experts and resolved.

Nonlethal weapons generally can weaken people if they are hit with the beam. Some of the weapons can emit short, intense energy pulses that also can be effective in disabling some electronic devices.

On another subject, Wynne said he expects to pick a new contractor for the next generation of aerial refueling tankers by next summer. He said a draft request for bids will be put out next month, and there are two qualified bidders: The Boeing Co. and a team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., the majority owner of European jet maker Airbus SAS.

The contract is expected to be worth at least $20 billion.

Chicago-based Boeing lost the tanker deal in 2004 amid revelations that it had hired a top Air Force acquisitions official who had given the company preferential treatment.

Wynne also said the Air Force, which is already chopping 40,000 active duty, civilian and reserves jobs, is now struggling to find new ways to slash about $1.8 billion from its budget to cover costs from the latest round of base closings.

He said he can't cut more people, and it would not be wise to take funding from military programs that are needed to protect the country. But, he said he also encounters resistance when he tries to save money on operations and maintenance by retiring aging aircraft.

"We're finding out that those are, unfortunately, prized possessions of some congressional districts," said Wynne, adding that the Air Force will have to "take some appetite suppressant pills." He said he has asked employees to look for efficiencies in their offices.

The base closings initially were expected to create savings by reducing Air Force infrastructure by 24 percent.


Informant: doug mackenzie

29
Aug
2006

Russian papers on electromagnetic weapons

From L. Milnes:

Dear Don

This new information from Russia on weapons based on electromagnetic principles comes from the California mindjustice group, and can be found at www.mindjustice.org under “russian research”.

Mindjustice is supported by Cheryl Welsh, who is also a United Nations adviser on electromagnetic weapons.

From your point of view, I think the interest lies in the fact that if bio-electromagnetic weapons exist and are researched at government level (as they demonstrably have been for decades), clearly EM fields must have adverse effects on the human body.

Two articles follow:

The first - a russian science article published this year (2006) - discusses the 2001 russian law on the prohibition of electromagnetic weapons:

BIOELECTRIC TERRORISM: ANALYSIS OF POSSIBLE THREAT

Grigoriev O.A.1, Grigoriev Y.G.2, Stepanov V.S.2, Chekmarev O.M.3
1. Center of electromagnetic safety*, Moscow
2. SSC (State Scientific Center) Institute of biophysics, Moscow
3. Center of State sanitary control of administrative department of President of the Russian Federation, Moscow

The principle possibility of the use of biological action of the electromagnetic field (EMF) by terrorist elements is examined, and also the respective possible ways, methods and aims of electromagnetic influence on bio-object, corresponding measures on warning of negative consequences of such influence are analyzed. The article is prepared on the basis of the materials of lecture by authors at the 2nd International conference “World association against globalization of criminality and terrorism”, held in Moscow on January 20-21, 2004.

BIOELECTRIC TERRORISM: ANALYSIS OF POSSIBLE THREAT Grigoriev O.A.1, Grigoriev Y.G.2, Stepanov V.S.2, Chekmarev O.M.3

Published in Russian in ” Annual of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection 2004-5? Moscow, 2006, page 205-216. The following translation to english by UC Davis student, Tatiana Kanare, August 2006.

The book begins in english: “The possible threat analysis of the EMF technologies applications in terrorist activity is presented for the first time.”

The article ends in english: “Analyses of Possibility Threat of The Bioelectromagnetic Terrorism. The possiblity of the bioelectromagnetic terrorism is discussed in this article. It was analyzed main aims, ways and methods of EMF effects for biologics objects. In opinion of authors, EMF will be able to using for bioelectromagnetic terrorism in futures. “

Source: http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=544

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Marchers Protest Inmate Death, Urge End to Use of Stun Guns

About 200 protesters marched through this Atlanta suburb Saturday, urging police to stop using stun guns like the one that shocked an inmate who later died.

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB1Y20MYFE.html


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