ABC Reports on Noise Gun Aimed at Protestors
The term non-lethal weapons is showing up with increasing frequency in news reports. I highly recommend the section with that name in our mind control summary at this link. The below article from the ABC website, though written before the 2004 Republican Convention, describes one of these new weapons, a noise gun. Remember that the military and our intelligence services have weapons at least 10 years in advance of anything that is available for public use. Please help to spread the word and have a good day!
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Fred Burks for WantToKnow.info
RNC to Feature Unusual Forms of Sound
By Amanda Onion
Aug. 25, 2004
Coming soon to a convention near you: Sound like it has never (or at least, rarely) been heard before.
As politicians at the Republican National
Convention use microphones to make themselves heard from the podium, other
sounds in and around the event will be emitted in cutting-edge audio
Outside the convention hall, New York City
police plan to control protesters using a device that directs sound for up
to 1,500 feet in a spotlight-like beam. Meanwhile, a display of former
Republican presidents inside the hall will feature campaign speeches that
are funneled to listeners through highly focused audio beams.
"These are totally different from the
way an ordinary speaker emits sound," said Elwood (Woody) Norris,
founder and head of American Technology Corp. of San Diego. "It's like
it's inside your head."
Norris, an intrepid entrepreneur who has no
college degree but more than 43 patents to his name, invented both the
crowd control tool, called the Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD), and the
display audio technology, called HyperSonic Sound (HSS).
Both technologies feature unprecedented
manipulation of sound, but for very different purposes. And while both
technologies have unique, "gee-whiz" factors, some remain uneasy
with the idea of using sound to control crowds.
"It produces sound in a way that for
most people will be a novel experience, so I think it has potential to
create confusion and panic," said Richard Glen Boire, founder of the
Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics in Davis, Calif. "It can't be
identified, it's an invisible force."
Sound as a Weapon
In fact, LRAD, which is 33 inches in diameter
and looks like a giant spotlight, has been used by the U.S. military in
Iraq and at sea as a non-lethal force. In these settings, operators can use
the device not only to convey orders, but also as a weapon.
When in weapon mode, LRAD blasts a tightly
controlled stream of caustic sound that can be turned up to high enough
levels to trigger nausea or possibly fainting. The operators themselves
remain unaffected since the noise is contained in its focused beam.
"We've devised a system with a
multiplicity of individual speakers that are phased so sound that would normally
go off to the side or up or down, cancels out, while sound directly in
front is reinforced," Norris explained. "It's kind of like the
way a lens magnifies a beam of light."
The Department of Defense gave Norris and his
team funding to develop LRAD following the 9/11 attacks. The concept is to
offer an intermediate tool to warn and ward off attacking combatants before
resorting to force.
"Regular bullets don't have volume
control on them," said Norris. "With this, you just cause a
person's ears to ring."
The NYPD, however, has said they won't be
using the $35,000 tool to make people's ears ring, but only as a
"We're only going to use them for safety
announcements and directions," said Paul Browne, a police spokesman.
In tests, police have shown how they can
convey orders in a normal voice to someone as far as four blocks away. The
sound beam is even equipped with a viewfinder so the operator can precisely
target the audio by finding a person in cross hairs. Rather than using pure
volume to throw sound far, the LRAD reaches distant ears by focusing the
This is the second time the device has been
used by police — Miami police also used it during the free-trade conference
in that city last year.
Despite the NYPD's assurances that they won't
use the tool to hurt protesters, Bill Dobbs of United for Peace and
Justice, which has planned protests around the convention, has told
reporters that the sound system presents "a potential Big Brother
Inside the convention center, people will
have the chance to experience — at will — another of Norris's inventions.
A TIME magazine display at the
convention will feature speeches of past Republican presidents in tightly
controlled beams of HyperSonic Sound (HSS). Viewers can literally step in
and out of the display's different listening zones. A similar high-tech
display of former Democratic presidents was featured at the Democratic
National Convention in Boston in July.
HSS works by mixing regular, audible sound
with two beams of super high frequency, inaudible sound waves. "Just
the way artists mix their paint," says Norris.
The resulting ultrasonic sound wave can then
be directed out in a tightly controlled beam. Wherever the beam makes
contact with air, the air molecules interact in a way that isolates the
original audible sound. So if you're standing in front of the ultrasonic
sound wave, you can hear the sound. If you're a few inches away, you hear
This cuts down on ambient noise and gives listeners
the somewhat eerie effect that the noise is inside their heads.
"We like to say we create silence
instead of noise," said Norris. "You don't need to fill the space
with a whole cacophony of noise."
The GOP convention display should perk up the
ears of some curious attendees, but Norris is most excited about the
device's marketing potential.
Already, some Coca-Cola machines in Japan are
equipped with the technology so passers-by hear the enticing sound of soda
being poured into a glass of ice. And dozens of Safeway supermarkets in
California, Colorado and Virginia are testing the technology on patrons
waiting in line to pay. Norris' company has also sent out HSS for testing
at Wal-Mart and McDonald's. The narrow beams of sound advertise sale items
at the store or restaurant and feature promotional material.
Glen Boire argues the concept is annoying and
invasive, but Norris counters, "If you don't want to hear it, you can
move your head a half foot away and it will go away."
Needless to say, it won't be as simple for
convention-goers and protesters — who may wish to tune each other out next
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