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Raytheon’s New ‘Silent Guardian’ Brings the Pain

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Posted on Sep 20, 2007
Silent Guardian

According to the corporate website, Raytheon’s “Silent Guardian” is best described as “a revolutionary, less-than-lethal, directed energy application.”  Ouch.

Reporting on cutting-edge new military gadgetry gives this UK journalist, the Daily Mail’s Michael Hanlon, an unpleasant dose of the reality of modern warfare—and leads him to wonder about the significance, and possible uses of, Raytheon’s new “Silent Guardian” mega-zapper.

Daily Mail:

A square transmitter as big as a plasma TV screen is mounted on the back of a Jeep.

When turned on, it emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation—similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker—that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings.

It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile.

Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury.

But anyone in the beam’s path will feel, over their entire body, the agonising sensation I’ve just felt on my fingertip. The prospect doesn’t bear thinking about.

“I have been in front of the full-sized system and, believe me, you just run. You don’t have time to think about it—you just run,” says George Svitak, a Raytheon executive.

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By Karl, October 26, 2007 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
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Kinder to shoot a man.

With lethal force, people who use it are less likely to be trigger happy than with this or a stun gun or tasier.

When presented with taking life in preservation of one’s own, as with firearms, most sane people will only make the final call when there is no other option.

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By Karl, October 26, 2007 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment
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Kinder to shoot a man.

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By T, McCoy, October 17, 2007 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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It’s probably too late to inform any of the above lunatics about their false claims to this device.  A more balanced approach with info about testing can be found here:

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By Richard Roe, September 21, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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The lie in the store is the phrase “similar to” microwave energy. It IS microwave energy.  They just don’t want to use that label because it conjures up images everyone can relate to of food being cooked.

It’s a short jump from there to imagine people being “cooked”, by this weapone, which is exactly what is being done.  It’s happening from the inside out, just like with your home microwave, and that’s why there are no obvious markings externally.  Internally, they are literally boiling your blood!

And, yes, just like your home microwaves, metals such as wrings, watches, eyeglasses, bracelets, etc.
cause an arcing/buring effect.

There are lots of stories on this and they’re not new.  Just search “Microwave weapon”.

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By Den, September 21, 2007 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
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How many millions have been spent on this steaming pile? Anyone with a parabolic mirror could return the power back to it’s source and burn out the stupid thing. Or wrap yourself in reflective material and feel nothing.

Don’t toss those tinfoil hats just yet, they might come in handy.

Raytheon isn’t too BRIGHT huh?

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By purplewolf, September 21, 2007 at 12:48 am Link to this comment

Wow a giant microwave, lets put Dicko Cheney in its path and give it a test drive to see if it really works, if it does it will destroy his new pacemaker.

Finally a product made in America, how come I feel no pride about this?

When Rayhteon called this device a “Directed Energy Solutions” machine, G.W. thought it was the answer to Americas energy problems.

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By Michael Gass, September 20, 2007 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment
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I would not go so far as to say “non-lethal force” technology should be outlawed. 

I ask, “where did they test it?”, “on who?”, “when?”

How do they KNOW that prolonged exposure has no long-term, negative, effects?

Many, like myself, were told by the Golden company that their portable x-ray unit had no “lasting” effects, only to find later that maybe, it did.

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By Outraged, September 20, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

This is only the tip of the iceberg. (Read War and Anti-War, by the Toflers, even this book is 10+yrs. old) Most likely, a protype was built 10 yrs. ago or more.

Again, this punishes the activity without trial or justification of crime.  Looks like it’s going wholesale folks, they’re just going to skip that “middle man” the courtroom.  How Raytheon has “convinced” itself this is non-lethal is beyond imagination.

Time to start legislation to criminalize entities or persons which use these types of devices including tasers without warrant, so that stiff penalties are in place to protect the unsuspecting public.

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By Michael Gass, September 20, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s see… a beam that hurts but doesn’t kill (supposedly… can we guess what prolonged exposure would do?).

And they had to test just that… yes?  On WHO did they test it and where?

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By particle61, September 20, 2007 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment
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hey news fans-
http://www.redstateupdate reported on the develpoment of Active Denial Technologies (and how local police want to get their hands the weapon) way back in 2005, see story-
Police Forces Won’t be Denied in Active Pursuit of Heat-Ray covers heat-rays, space surveillance, TSA follies, police clamp downs and other efforts at ‘crowd control’ in Orange Alert America with humor and prescience- see ‘crowd control’ and ‘one nation, under surveillance’ archives.

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