The Pentagon's Secret Scream
William M. Arkin
The Pentagon's Secret Scream
Sun Mar 7 16:43:40 2004
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March 7, 2004 - WEAPONS
The Pentagon's Secret Scream
Sonic devices that can inflict pain--or even permanent deafness--are being deployed.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-op-arkin7mar07,1,2725327.story

By William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: warkin@igc.org .

SOUTH POMFRET, Vt. — Marines arriving in Iraq this month as part of a massive troop rotation will bring with them a high-tech weapon never before used in combat — or in peacekeeping. The device is a powerful megaphone the size of a satellite dish that can deliver recorded warnings in Arabic and, on command, emit a piercing tone so excruciating to humans, its boosters say, that it causes crowds to disperse, clears buildings and repels intruders.

"[For] most people, even if they plug their ears, [the device] will produce the equivalent of an instant migraine," says Woody Norris, chairman of American Technology Corp., the San Diego firm that produces the weapon. "It will knock [some people] on their knees."

American Technology says its new product "is designed to determine intent, change behavior and support various rules of engagement." The company is careful in its public relations not to refer to the megaphone as a weapon, or to dwell on the debilitating pain American forces will be able to deliver with it. The military has been equally reticent on the subject.

And that's a problem. The new sound weapon might, in some scenarios, save lives. It might provide a good alternative to lethal force in riot situations, as its proponents assert. But the U.S. is making a huge mistake by trying to quietly deploy a new pain-inducing weapon without first airing all of the legal, policy and human rights issues associated with it.

This is a weapon unlike any other used by the military, and it is certain to provoke public outcry and the conspiracy theories that often greet new U.S. military technology. If the military feels that its new-style weaponry brings something important to the battlefield, and if testing has shown it to be safe, then why not make our reasoning — and research — transparent to the world?

Nonlethal weapons have been promoted by a small circle of boosters for nearly 15 years as something increasingly necessary for the U.S. military in its growing peacekeeping, urban-combat and force-protection missions. Some of the weaponry championed by the group, like rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and, more recently, electromuscular disruptive devices, or Tasers, has already been deployed.

But the more exotic weapons — including acoustic, laser, and high-powered microwave devices — have not until now been fielded, held up by legal and ethical questions. Despite intense lobbying, over the years the Pentagon leadership has been skeptical of such "wonder weapons." In 1995, then-Secretary of Defense William Perry decided to ban Pentagon development of nonlethal laser weapons intended to permanently blind. His decision led to a subsequent international ban.

So shouldn't we have a similar discussion about high-intensity sound, which can cause permanent hearing loss or even cellular damage? The new megaphone being deployed to Iraq can operate at 145 decibels at 300 yards, according to American Technology, well above the normal threshold for pain. The company posits a scenario in which Al Qaeda terrorists would run screaming from caves after being subjected to a blast of high-decibel sound from the devices, their hands covering their ears. But in Baghdad or other Iraqi towns, where there are crowds and buildings, the sick and elderly, as well as children, are likely to be in the weapon's range.

Proponents of nonlethal weapons argue that pain and hearing loss, if they were to occur, are certainly preferable to death, which is always possible when lethal force is applied. But this argument ignores realities on the ground. Last week, as I watched televised images of angry Iraqis pelting U.S. soldiers with rocks when they arrived to assist those injured in suicide bombings at mosques, I couldn't help but wonder whether the presence of a sound weapon to disperse those crowds would just escalate hostilities.

Last month, the Council on Foreign Relations issued a task force report on nonlethal weapons, arguing that their widespread availability might have helped in the immediate post-combat period in Iraq to reduce looting and sabotage. The council threw its weight behind greater investment in these technologies partly based on a Joint Chiefs of Staff "mission needs statement" signed last December. "U.S. military forces lack the ability to engage targets located where the application of lethal [weapon fire] would be counterproductive to overall campaign objectives," the Joint Chiefs concluded.

The Council on Foreign Relations recognized that the effect of nonlethal weapons is mostly "psychological — persuading people that they would much rather be someplace else, or on our side rather than opposing U.S. military forces." It warned that "television coverage of encounters involving [nonlethal weapons] can still be repugnant, and it would be desirable to provide reliable information to minimize unwarranted criticism."

Yet after paying lip service to the very psychological and political fallout that could result from the employment of novel technologies like acoustic weapons or high-powered microwaves, the council task force urged that prototype nonlethal weapons — that is, weapons just like American Technology's new sound weapon — "be placed with our operating forces" to test their efficacy and create greater demand among combat commanders.

Is actual combat in a foreign country the appropriate place to test a new weapon? Apparently, we are about to find out.
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In relation to the population of Iraq (which is 25 million people) the nearly 200 victims of this weeks terrorist attacks is almost the same proportion to the 3000 who died in the World Trade Towers. (US population300,000,000.)
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But these are no different than Hollywood, New York, Miami, and Pentagon sponsors of Jewish supremacist genocide, i.e., those with the socio-psycho-pathic "Little David" complex battling the Philisteens all over again (note: in Arabic Palestinian is pronounced "filistine") -- the only way to please a Israeli Zionist mom or dad is to live up to that story, right?
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The US Republican National Committee yesterday asked about 250 television stations to pull a liberal group's ads critical of President George W Bush. The RNC sent the stations a letter suggesting the outlets may be complicit
in breaking campaign finance laws if they air the MoveOn.org Voter Fund ads. It asked them to decline to broadcast the ads. The RNC argues that the group, financed by so-called "soft money," is spending it on ads to influence a federal election. The campaign finance law broadly bars the use of such corporate, union and unlimited donations to influence federal elections.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/06/1078464700975.html


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Sandbagging his social standing in advance of the coming populist tidal wave, Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the world, the man who went to jail (when many others also should have) when for ten years the needed investment of the country was diverted from secure and essential investment in infrastructure and productive capacity to high-risk-and-there-for-high-interest-paying-but-perversely-taxpayer-bailout-guaranteed junk investments (new malls in the middle of deserts, so risky that the interest rates have to be sky high to attract any investment capital -- but they could make it sky high because they tapped into the deposit insurance of savings and loans deposits etc.) doing as much as any other globalist did to destroy the great, free and mostly middle-class America that was -- and the man whose legal prosecutors, the men who put him behind bars back then) all perished when the FBI and SEC investigation offices in NYC were turned to bloody rubble in the September 11 false-flag organized-crime infiltrated-government black-op frame-up -- those old enemies of Buffett perished, but strangely enough on the morning of September 11, 2001 Buffett was entertaining select WTC CEO's at a "charity event" at Offutt Air Force Base, the very base that George W. Bush eventually repaired to that day after leaving the Florida schoolroom (in Florida where Brother Jeb had declared a state emergency mere days before) and flying around for a few hours. At any rate, it is this Warren Buffett who has just made this statement: "If class warfare is being waged in America, my class is clearly winning." Tax cuts won by President Bush (news - web sites), amounting to $1.7 trillion over 10 years, have helped push the federal budget deficit to record levels, as have a weak economy and higher spending for defense and domestic security. And if the corporations don't pay the bill for government the shucked burthen must be added to the backs of households -- now already deep in debt slavery -- or it must be borrowed from the merchant bankers who rule the world -- face it, Lester, its the unvarnished truth -- meaning higher interest rates, higher debt all around, and less and less of tax dollars goving to government service and more and more to debt service -- keeping our betters in unearned income -- (has your daughter asked you for a horse? maybe she can make friends with one of the daughters of these children -- they are always looking for new kids to practice their domination-training skills on, -- you can't start too young, right? After all a slaves life in the servant economy isn't that bad, you know, right? -- but I digress (my daughter just asked me for a horse as I was typing this -- now where was I) -- Buffett is right, of course, but his late conversion to populism reminds me of Soros -- the Buffett of Asia and Eastern Europe, who also feels exposed under the light of rising awareness of economic and political reality (i.e. populism) to pose as a benevolent good-guy billionaire. Still, on this one, Buffett is dead right. See:
http://tinyurl.com/34lwm




LAWYERS for anti-war campaigners being prosecuted for breaking into military bases are trying to force senior government figures to appear in court. The legal team for 14 Greenpeace members is targeting Lord Boyce, the chief of the defence staff at the time of the war, who is reported to have had doubts about the legality of the invasion of Iraq. The environmental group is also considering calling Elizabeth Wilmshurst, the former deputy legal adviser at the Foreign Office. She resigned because she objected to advice from Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, to the government saying the war could be justified under international law.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1028975,00.html



Ossama has been captured, not by stupid force (which really has been applied for other secret and shameful reasons), but by overwhelming irresistable raw power in the form of very big money bounty (which could have been applied at any time after 9-11-01 if they really wanted him, if they didn't want the war profits, oil land, free flowing Afganistan opium, and a piles and piles of dead Arabs a lot more) -- and his capture is being kept a secret (Saddam too was kept on ice in that hole for the opportune spin moment, btw ) for the right moment -- the critical election campaign moment. But at the same time they are putting on a show of determined military effort to locate him, so there will be lots of heroic and competence demonstrating detail in the spun disinfo. For example:
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/06/1078464699944.html


Britain would be astonished if they realised how reliant Blair had become on the former topless model and dancer turned New Age lifestyle consultant.
http://www.sundayherald.com/40455


Much has been said about the Jewish, or maybe it would be more accurate to say the Zionist interests which
influence Freemasonry. Few members of the lower orders know the significance of this link, or its importance to them
personally. At present, as in the past, Zionist world leaders,and men in influential positions with the various Masonicorganisations everywhere, have worked "hand in glove" for a universal world revolution, which will bring in the One-World Church and a One-World Government. Many Masonic Lodges are exclusively Jewish, as are the controlling B'nai B'rith Lodges - the mother of the infamous and very dangerous Anti-Defamation League, which is an unregistered agent of a foreign government which has been allowed by the US government to operate unhindered on American soil. Although this evil, Jewish organisation is totally illegal and is officially regarded by the FBI as a terrorist organisation, such is the strength of both the Masonic and Zionist Lobby
in Washington, D.C., that the Government refuses to do anything to curb the significant power of the ADL, or
even control their openly subversive operations.
http://www.rense.com/general50/zionss.htm


In the mayhem that followed the explosions in Baghdad and Karbala this week, Ahmad Chalabi, an ever more powerful member of the Iraqi Governing Council and a Pentagon favourite, was swiftly at the scene, behaving like a
politician come to offer sympathy. It was a shrewd piece of public relations - if you forget the responsibility Chalabi bears for Iraq's present tragic condition. It was Chalabi, more than any other individual, who helped persuade the US that toppling Saddam Hussein would bring peace and democracy, and break the link that he alleged existed between the Iraqi leader and al-Qaida.
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,1163522,00.html


THE TRIAL OF TONY BLAIR et al


From: Maisoon Rice
Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 12:49 PM
Subject: Women's Trial of Bliar the Liar

A Trial Today at Trafalgar Square in London between 3-6pm

from maisoon


THE TRIAL OF TONY BLAIR et al


Count 1: THE INVASION BROKE UN LAW


The Attorney-General's advice (see overleaf) was that UN Resolution 1441 found Iraq failed to comply with earlier Resolutions, leading to "serious consequences" which he interpreted as "war". He advised that Iraq's failure amounted to breaking the "Cease-fire" conditions of UNR687 (1991) and that therefore the Gulf War, fought under UNR678, could be revived.


EACH OF THESE ASSERTIONS IS FLAWED:

A. IRAQ DID COMPLY with the 6 conditions imposed by "Cease-Fire" Resolution 687:

1. To relinquished claims to Kuwait: Iraq had left Kuwait and relinquished claims.

2. To return Kuwaiti prisoners: They were returned (unaccounted for may have died in battle).

3. To repay all debts: All Iraq's financial assets and income were seized and controlled by an ESCROW bank in New York from 1990 and used to repay debts and compensation .

4. To cease repression: Repression had ceased (although the embargo caused ongoing death and suffering which led to uprising in 1991-2 [incited by the CIA] which had to be put down). Even prisoners were released in Nov. 2002.

5. To permit UN weapons inspectors in: UNSCOM and UNMOVIC had free access for 13 years.

6. To rid the Region of WMD and discontinue weapons programmes. Former inspector Scott Ritter said that 95% of wmd were destroyed and programmes discontinued by 1998, as now confirmed by Dr David Kay (although another country in the Region made no attempt to remove wmd): And Iraq did report in Nov. 2002 to the UN that her wmd and programmes had been terminated (a 12,000pp report, of which 4,000 were abducted by the US State Dept.). Finally, UNMOVIC was ordered out by the US not by Iraq.


B. "SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES" does not mean war.

1. The phrase "All necessary means" is UN-speak for use of armed force. UN Resolution 1441
warns of "serious consequences" for non-compliance.

2. But it ends; "We remain seized of the matter," which implies waiting for a report. The
report was t
 


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