Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. soldiers in Iraq have new gear for dispersing hostile crowds and warding off potential enemy combatants. It blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam.

The equipment, called a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, is a so-called 'non-lethal weapon' developed after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.
On the other hand, without any developmental costs, we already possess earsplitting noise, but I guess it's rather lethal as well.


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