I can see the prison price of baking foil going through the roof. Tin foil hats for all :)
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 …
Metal and microwaves do not mix, especially on the body. Why else would they tell you not to throw metal in a nuker? They tend to absorb and channel electromagnetic energy (of which microwaves are a part), which cause the signature arcing that are usually a sign your oven is taking a serious hit. I imagine a person wearing a foil hat (be it tin or aluminum) would start to get a serious headache once that think cranks up.
More TVs. It's a fact that 72% of all fights are over who gets to control the remote. Tempers can understandably flare when its MTV's Real World versus Oprah.
OK, so I made that up. But seriously?? I'm thinking a prison that offers a milder - but constant - disincentive to live there might be more effective than brief and intense bursts of punishment.
Ah, that old chestnut.
You'll be talking about exposed core or "dumdum" rounds, designed to flatten on impact. Banned for military use, totally legal for civil use. Also used by preference by the majority of the world's police forces and with good reason. When shooting at a miscreant in a civil environment it is extremely undesirable that the round fired passes through the target and on to hit anything else behind it! Best practice here is to have whatever it is give up most, if not all, its kinetic energy when it runs into the first thing encountered along its trajectory.
Meanwhile, the world's military have moved en masse to usiing deformable nose or "tumbling" bullets which, while still legal for military use, are far nastier as regards what they do to the poor bastard on the receiving end.
Horses for courses once you take the "ooo iz war crimez yes?" tabloid language out of it.
"You'll be talking about exposed core or "dumdum" rounds"
You're talking about hollow-point rounds, I think. I haven't heard anyone use the term "dumdum" rounds in a long time. They have a divot in the center of the bullet, nose-first, along with cuts down the sides to adjust how they expand.
"Meanwhile, the world's military have moved en masse to usiing deformable nose or "tumbling" bullets"
No, most of the militaries out there use either regular FMJ (full metal jacket) rounds or steel-core rounds. "Deformable" noses would be soft-point bullets, which are mostly used by hunters. Steel core rounds are for extra stability to the round as well as imparting a mild armor-piercing effect (although true AP rounds have hardened steel penetrator cores and a steel jacket).
"When shooting at a miscreant in a civil environment it is extremely undesirable that the round fired passes through the target and on to hit anything else behind it!"
And by happy coincidence the bullet blows inside innocent bystander and literally blows him dead. Because we always shoot to kill, right? If you weren't meant to be dead, too bad for you.
More bullets hit the innocent people than go throught the intended targets but who cares, eh?
Obviously police force doesn't. Nor the writer.
because you should never ever point a gun at someone you are not intending to kill. "Shoot-to-wound" isn't a wise policy, it leads to misses and possible hits on bystanders. Conversely, a police officer should not draw a gun in the first place unless he has made the decision to kill. After drawing he might not end up having to kill, which is great, but that gun should stay in it's holster until he has decided.
What has expanding bullets got to do with anything?
Yes, they are used in hunting in ALL counties I can think of including the UK and by most police forces. If you're going to shoot something you want to kill it as quickly and cleanly as possible, that means using expanding ammo that increases hydraulic shock, and localised tissue damage, minimises pass-thru and ricochets and basically gets the job done.
Now what has that got to do with microwaving US prisoners?
Why nobody mentions that? If you direct a milimeter wavelength beam at eyes, cornea and lens are going to be heated up very quickly (especially given lack of blood supply that could cool the latter down), and will darken just as in cataract.
Have a look here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7897988
Stick a web cam on this, allow remote control over the Internet and you can get rid of all your prison guards in one go - just hand over monitoring and control of the prisons to the public. I for one would be willing to commit some of my time and bandwidth to this. Sure beats my USB foam missile launcher thing. Heck, bring this to the Wii and it's a great way to get the kids involved in justice.
And before any lefty-liberal starts crying about over the potential misuse of the system, you could have voluntary moderators who award points based on whether a blast of the ray was legitimate or over-judicious. Besides, Wikipedia etc has shown that despite the abusers, the Internet is pretty good at governing itself.
Surely the act of wanting to mointor prisoners and to use this device is automatic grounds to bar them from this.
I would not want to be a colleague of someone who looked forward to spying on and hurting, at no risk to himself, someone who was trapped. Sort of like torturing rats in a maze. Rats aren't very nice, but legislation protects even them from wanton cruelty.
but rats are actually pretty cuddly, friendly and playful. Wild rats aren't so much, but then neither are wild dogs or wild cats. And rats in a maze generally aren't being tortured. So, um, simile fail all around.
I do agree completely though that actually wanting to use these devices should automatically bar one from ever using them.
"And before any lefty-liberal starts crying about over the potential misuse of the system"
You don't have to be a liberal to see 'potential' issues.
"voluntary moderators who award points based on whether a blast of the ray was legitimate or over-judicious"
No, I can't see any potential problems there either!
"Besides, Wikipedia etc has shown that despite the abusers, the Internet is pretty good at governing itself."
What? Now you really are showing yourself to be stupid.
Most prisons in the US are run by the government . Prisons run by corporations in the US are not as common as some posters here think.
Oh to the people that think this device is barbaric you need to look at the alternative of not using this device . In places like the yard this is how it works when a fight breaks out . When the guard sees a fight he sounds an alarm. Any one still standing when the alarm goes off gets shot . In confined areas they send in a team. Any one still standing when the alarm goes off gets hit with a night stick.
Cell extractions. This when a prisoner refuses to come out of the cell. There are two options .
Option one the use of force. You have a cell extraction time rush in and use night sticks to get to comply , at this point he is dragged out and cuffed . Option two. You toss pepper spray in the cell. When the prisoner can't take it any more and comes out , the prisoner will be slammed to the ground and then cuffed .
one thing your forgetting. When the guards shoot they are aiming for the ones still standing so those are the only ones who get hit unless the guards aim is way off.
These ray guns are AREA EFFECT weapons, they will hit everyone, including those who are not involved and complying with the drop directive.
Its not like a laser pointer, it is a spot light.
Whats more barbaric;
shoot those who disobey an order with full knowledge of what will happen if they don't.
subject uninvolved people to such extreme pain that if they were enemy soldiers it would be considered torture?
Once this is accepted as "OK" to use against criminals it will be used against group involved in an "illegal activity", like having a public demonstration without a permit.
I give it a year or so before its rolled out to a demonstration or concert for crowd control.
"Oh to the people that think this device is barbaric you need to look at the alternative of not using this device "
Yes. Obviously you haven't.
Being shot is nothing compared to being cooked alive, eyes first. You try it and tell then which is more barbaric. I see this even worse than tazer, which is polices favorite toy nowdays: "see how they squirm funnily!" If the victim dies, it's an "accident" and no-one is prosecuted. Happens every other day in US alone.
Tazer leaves marks, this one doesn't so the reason to use it is even less than for tazer which is widely used for fun already, by the police.
Can't anyone at that prison see where this is going?
(1) Fire radiation device at inmates, without any long-term studies of the effects of such radiation.
(2) 15-20 years down the road, several inmates develop cancer.
(3) Inmates file class-action lawsuit against prison, alleging ray-gun-caused cancer.
(4) Idiot jurors award multi-billion dollar settlement against prison. Prison goes bankrupt. Prisoners become rich.
Why can no one in charge see this?
San Quentin's in San Rafael (OK, it's technically it's own town, just East of Larkspur Landing, to be pedantic), on the lovely San Francisco Bay. Los Angeles is about 400 miles away to the South, by road.
Besides, the real wack-jobs are housed at Pelican Bay, Corcoran & Atwater (at least here in California). San Quentin's main claim to fame is that it houses California's "Death Row", at least for male inmates.
Er... San Quentin is in Marin county, just north of San Francisco. That's roughly 400 miles (640 km) north of Los Angeles.
I know, because I have to drive my kids past it every time they want to go to the Discovery Museum.
There's gotta be a joke in there somewhere, but I don't see it...
San Quentin is just east of San Rafael, CA, not in LA area. There is actually a village of San Quentin, which is outside the prison, and then the prison. The inmates generally use an accommodation address of Tamal, CA, to somewhat hide the fact they're guests of the taxpayers.
The "really insane" prisoners are mostly locked up in the California Medical Facility (CMF) near Vacaville, CA. Charles Manson is a guest at CMF.
getting my coat so the screws can be sure I'm not smuggling a prisoner out in the pocket.
Nope. Charlie's at Corcoran.
California State Prison, Solano (Vacaville) is mostly full of idiots who got caught being stupid.
California Medical Facility, Vacaville, is a different facility (housed on the same campus) full of idiots that got caught being stupid ... but for the most part being stupid whilst off their meds. Thus the "medical" in the name.
Strange thing ... My dawgs far prefer the company of the folks at CMFV to the company of the folks at CSPS ... Seems that they can sense the difference between a chemical imbalance and folks who are genuinely anti-social ...
Thats like the arguments for Tazers - it's a better alternative than shooting someone dead.
But it soon becomes an easier alternative to talking to someone - hence the list of tazering of little old ladies for parking violations or while lying in an hospital intensive car bed.
So how long before these safe / no-lethal devices are used by the police every G8 demonstration?
Or installed in every shopping mall car park to stop skate borders, or schools are allowed to use them to stop kids talking in class?
I work in a supemarket, if i see 5 or 6 kids, messing around on the carpark, id be first in line to press the button to remove them from my carpark, bonus points if its portable, or installed in the store.
/mutter mutter, check proof of age before selling beer indeed, just nuke the kids when the walk in wearing hoodies with hands in there pockets.....
(ok, so i dont care if they know who i am)
I hate it when I'm right. As soo as I heard that the US Army was not going to use these things I said it would be 9-12 months before it was in place for use against US citizens. Took less time than I thought.
But it's all right, the Geneva Convention doesn't say anything about torturing your own citizens, and they are only criminals after all. Who is going to care about them? </sarcasm>
Once its accepted to use these things against criminals in jail they will deploy them to "control" Public Demonstrations.
Mine's the one with the microwave reflective lining and the matching hat.
"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 don't have any doubt on this. You don't move very far with fried brains.
"We hope"? Either he's an idiot or he have no idea about the mechanism which microwaves works.
Shooting the prisoners immediately would be more human, but these little nazis like Osborne are always keen to invent new ways of killing people.
"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.
or the pain may provide the the impetus or motivation to up the level of violence, but that point wouldn't work as well in a sales pitch.
I personally think that if all else fails, a taser-like solution is probably still better and to date it appears to have been something already quite tried and true. At least this is what I would prefer happen to me, compared to the alternatives ie being shot, clubbed down or microwaved.
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