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http://www.petitiononline.com/DeathRay/petition.html

PETITION : U.S. Ban to Prohibit ‘Direct Energy’ Offensive Weapons

To:  U.S. Congress & Department of Defense

“Whereas offensive weapons based on directed energy / high-powered
microwave technology are reportedly capable of unspeakable inhumane
acts, such as causing humans to instantaneously explode;

And whereas offensive weapons based on directed energy / high-powered
millimeter wave technology are reportedly capable of grossly inhumane
acts, such as causing humans to experience excruciating pain, without
leaving physical evidence of exposure or torture, and are designed for
the specific and sole purpose of inflicting pain, which is a direct
violation of international laws and norms;

And whereas offensive weapons based on directed energy / high-powered
microwave and millimeter wave technology are reportedly being developed
by the U.S. military and, as some evidence seems to indicate, may have
already been deployed by U.S. forces in Iraq, in direct violation of
international laws and norms;

And whereas these offensive weapons based on high-powered millimeter
wave technology are reportedly designed for the purpose of dispersing
crowds by inflicting excruciating pain, and therefore pose a potential
and dire threat to U.S. civil liberties, such as our First Amendment
rights of peaceable assembly and to petition the government for a
redress of our grievances;

And whereas these offensive weapons based on high-powered millimeter
wave technology could potentially undermine the norms expressed within
Sixth Amendment prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment;

And whereas the development and deployment of these weapons could lead
to the beginning of a new global arms race based on directed energy
weaponry:

We the undersigned hereby call on the U.S. Congress to immediately
enact an outright ban on the continued development or deployment by the
United States of any offensive weaponry, other than those used for
intelligence gathering and dissemination, based on directed energy and
high-powered microwave or millimeter wave technology.

Furthermore, We the undersigned hereby call on the U.S. Department of
Defense to immediately withdraw to U.S.-based secure storage locations
any of these weapons which may have already been deployed on foreign
soil or international waters.”

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

ALREADY IN USE?

http://uk.oneworld.net/article/view/136518/1/5795

From The ‘Pain Ray’ To The ‘Death Ray’:

Have Direct Energy Weapons Already Been Deployed By U.S. Forces In Iraq?

By Brett Wagner

Nothing in my training or experience as a national security specialist
prepared me for what I witnessed last month when viewing a newly
released documentary news video concerning an extremely controversial
new generation of U.S. weaponry which may have already been secretly
deployed in Iraq. This sort of thing is not for the faint of heart.

For the past few years the U.S. military has been developing new
technology based on “directed energy” yielding two new types of
weapons.

The first, “Active Denial System,” has been nicknamed the “pain ray” —
and with good reason. It fires out millimeter waves — a sort of cousin
of microwaves, in the 95 GHz range. The invisible beams penetrate just
1/64th of an inch beneath the skin, directly affecting the nerve
endings, and a 2-second burst can heat the skin to 130 degrees. Charles
Heal, a widely recognized authority on nonlethal weapons who has dubbed
the ray the “Holy Grail of crowd control,” likened it to having a hot
iron pressed against the skin.

Deploying the pain ray would be a clear violation of international law,
which prohibits weapons whose primary intention is to inflict pain.
Earlier this year, a U.S. military commander in Iraq requested that,
despite the ban, the weapon be deployed immediately. But following the
efforts of our organization and others opposing that request,
Washington has indefinitely delayed any deployment pending further
testing and analysis.

The second form of directed energy weaponry fires out microwaves, a
form of energy well known for its use in modern kitchen appliances. I
have nicknamed this weapon the “death ray” — and with good reason.
Exposing mammals to microwaves is known to make them explode.

The documentary news video in question, which was released online
recently (16 May 2006) by a major Italian news service, examines
evidence that the U.S. military has deployed – dating back to the
2003 battle for Baghdad Airport – a new generation of weaponry likely
based on firing microwaves. Viewer discretion is advised: even as a
former professor for the U.S. Naval War College, this goes way beyond
my comfort zone

Judging from the reported effects of the weaponry, it likely includes
“speed of light” technology defying the generic term “laser” and it is
my professional opinion that it also likely includes the use of
microwaves, judging from the descriptions of bodies that seem to have
inexplicably exploded.

However, I cannot imagine the scientific explanation for the cadavers
that reportedly shrunk to the size of approximately one-meter in length
after being exposed to some sort of ray (the cause of death) and then
inadvertently struck by bullets. Neither do I have an explanation for
what one eyewitness describes as a bus transformed “like a cloth, like
a wet cloth” and shrunk to the size of a Volkswagen. To me, it sounds
like a very intense form of microwaves.

The statements by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General
Myers excerpted from a 2003 archived press conference are especially
revealing:

JOURNALIST: Mr. Secretary, can I ask you a question about some of the
technology that you’re developing to fight the war on terrorists,
specifically directed energy and high-powered microwave technology?
When do you envision that you can weaponize that type of technology?

DONALD RUMSFELD (appearing noticeably uncomfortable with the question):
In the normal order of things, when you invest in research and
development and begin a developmental project, you don’t have any
intention or expectations that one would use it. On the other hand, the
real world intervenes from time to time, and you reach in there and
take something out that is still in a developmental stage, and you
might use it.

JOURNALIST: But you sound like you’re willing to experiment with it.

GENERAL MYERS: Yeah, I think that’s the point. And I think we have from
the beginning of this conflict… I think General Franks [commander of
U.S. forces in Iraq] has been very open to looking at new things, if
there are new things available, and has been willing to put them into
the fight, even before they’ve been fully wrung out… And we will
continue to do that.

Also noteworthy was the inclusion of footage, albeit very brief, near
the end of the documentary of the “pain ray” being tested on a person
identified as an American soldier. The person exposed to the ray
obviously experienced excruciating pain before ducking quickly out of
the line of fire.

The closing remarks in the documentary by highly-respected military
analyst William Arkin echo my widely-publicized concerns regarding the
implications of the pain ray for use in crowd control in the U.S. –
and the potential threat to our basic civil liberties, such as our
First Amendment rights of peaceable assembly and to petition the
government for a redress of our grievances (not to mention undermining
the norms expressed by Sixth Amendment prohibitions against cruel and
unusual punishment).

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Brett Wagner is president of the California Center for Strategic
Studies (www.TheCaliforniaCenter.org).

Additional research was provided by CCSS analysts Jacob Shepard and
Clay Fordahl.

The video cited can be viewed in English, Italian or Arabic by clicking on
http://www.rainews24.it/ran24/inchieste/guerre_stellari_iraq.asp

VIDEO (ENGLISH)
http://www.rainews24.it/ran24/inchieste/video/guerre_stellari_english.wmv

TRANSCRIPT (ENGLISH)
http://www.rainews24.it/ran24/inchieste/documenti/guerrestellari_iraq_eng.rtf
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