"The Secret Service is tasked with protecting the President of the United States from assailants; and given that President-elect Obama has already been the target of assassination plots they may have their work cut out after January. But they have more than earpiece radios and armored limos to help them; the Secret Service can call on the very latest technology. Documents from a recent court case indicate that they have advanced directed-energy devices which are highly classified.
You may remember Donald Friedman, who claims that government agencies are misusing non-lethal directed-energy weapons. It’s easy to dismiss him as a crank. But his obsessive digging has turned up valuable information. For instance, one of his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests unearthed a 1998 U.S. Army program looking at a microwave device to beam sound directly into the target's skull which the rest of us had missed. (The same technology underlies the Medusa Non-lethal weapon.)
Now he’s found something else. Friedman’s current court case involves attempts to extract information about any directed-energy weapons such as lasers and microwaves used by the Secret Service. Do they really have anything of the kind? A "Motion for an Enlargement of Time" (in other words, a request for a few more weeks) by the Secret Service’s attorney indicates that they have something, and it’s pretty secret:
"Plaintiff’s FOIA request is for document [sic] concerning directed energy technology that is very sensitive. Some of this documents [sic] pertain to research conducted by divisions within defendant agency that is used to carry out its mandate to protect very high government officials. In fact, in one case, the documents… could not be mailed but had to be hand carried interstate."
So what is this "sensitive" technology? We don’t know for sure, naturally. But we can sure speculate…
(UPNow, we’ve talked before about the Secret Service’s interest in laser dazzlers as a means of protecting the White House against suicide attacks by light aircraft, dating back to 1998. We don’t know if dazzlers have ever been deployed, but that would certainly explain some of the secrecy.
Portable dazzlers would also be a good way of dealing with potential snipers without the risk of harming bystanders. Other agencies also have an interest in covert dazzlers. Ex MI6 agent David Tomlinson claims a laser strobe was proposed for an assassination attempt on Slobodan Milosevic in 1992 by dazzling his chauffeur at a crucial point and causing him to crash. (Conspiracy theorists claim that a laser dazzler was used to assassinate Diana, Princess of Wales — but any bright flashes more likely came from photographer’s flashguns.)
A portable version of the truck-mounted Active Denial System — the Pentagon’s "pain ray" — might be used to similar effect. It could cause an assailant to flinch for a vital second, giving agents an opportunity to get the President out of the line of fire, without having to shoot into a crowd. Raytheon has been working on a rifle-sized version of the Active Denial System for some years, but nothing has been heard of it recently.
Another likely candidate is a directed-energy device to neutralize suspected improvised explosive devices, or IEDs — something that produces an intense, narrow beam of microwaves to fry the electronics. Tomlinson also claimed that MI6 has "sophisticated radio transmitters that would knock out the electronics of the limo at the press of a button, causing the airbags to inflate."
Presidential protection is likely to include a range of jammers to stop remote bomb detonation, and possibly remote-controlled aircraft attacks. With all this jamming, interference can occur and make radio communication impossible — if you leave any frequency clear, the bad guys might use it to send a detonation signal. So perhaps the Secret Service may have a microwave voice-transmission system as an emergency backup when radio communication is impossible. This would allow them to beam instructions to agents at a distance. At a pinch it could also be used to distract a would-be assassin — having a voice suddenly booming inside your head should put off most snipers (though they might have a few voices in there already).
We know that the Air Force has looked at microwave sound as a non-lethal weapon, and long-range acoustic systems like LRAD are already in use by the military and others. So a Secret Service microwave sound system is not totally, completely out of the question.
Donald Friedman may yet manage to get more information about secret directed-energy weapons. All we know so far is that they exist… Unless anyone out there can tell us more?
UPDATE: An article in Britain’s Independent On Sunday looking at the issue of how to protect the next President suggests another DE technology: Terahertz scanners. So called T-rays have been used before for imaging systems that can see through clothing and detect metallic objects (as well as showing naked flesh). A portable version of the scanner would allow the Secret Service to spot hidden weapons from a distance without the potential assailant knowing that they know. And they might well wish to keep their X-ray Specs secret
SECRECY - A BASIC COMPONENT OF THE POLICY OF TORTURE
"SECRECY is a basic component of the Policy of Torture: It is essential to the structure of torture that everything takes place in secret, in the dark, beyond consideration of shame or account.
When the torturer assures his victim ' no one will ever know' , he is at once working to break the victim's spirit and bolster his own".
From "Settling accounts with torturers"-LawrenceWelsher
Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) - House of Canada
"any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions".
(Article 1 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 1988).
Specifically, for an act to be considered as torture, all of the following elements must be present: The act must have caused severe pain or suffering;
It must have been inflicted by or on behalf of or at the consent of a public official (such as the police or security forces);
It must have been committed for a specific purpose, such as to elicit a confession to a crime or to instil fear.
The Trauma of Psychological Torture - Almerindo E. Ojeda ed. - Book
Psychological torture- the "No-Touch Torture": a set of practices used worldwide to inflict pain or suffering with deniability , leaving no evidence of physical violence. It includes the use of mind-altering drugs and threats of violence—as well as the exploitation of personal or cultural phobias, sleep deprivation, sensory disorientation, forced self-induced pain, solitary confinement, mock execution, severe humiliation and more. For more information visit :
University of California Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights
The UCDavis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA) and the UCDavis Center for Mind and Brain (CMB) have initiated a collaboration to investigate the neurobiology of psychological torture: The Neurobiology of Psychological Torture.
Torture as Government Policy, Cases , Documentaries, Country Involvement
RFHall students and staff join the Caravan to End Torture in October 2008
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
March 8th, 2010 marked the centennial of International Women's Day. In 2010, and every year, millions of women are raped by employers and colleagues, soldiers and members of armed groups, by partners, relatives, friends and strangers . (Amnesty International data) (HERE)
Amnesty International reminds us that violence against women and girls is a global pandemic.
Still nowadays, at least one out of every three women has been beaten, forced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
The origin of International Women's Day (IWD) is firmly rooted in the labour movement and the struggle for justice and equality.
IPA- Institute for Public Accuracy Web Site(US) :Torture, War, Wikileaks, Daniel Ellsberg and more
"Taking Liberties"- British documentary about abuses USA has requested&promoted
MY GRAMMA WEARS A RAINBOW SWEATER
by Sue Breeze, Human Rights Activist, Caravan member- dedicated to my grandson Russell and all the children of the world. May we be able to build a better world for them.
My Gramma wears a rainbow sweater, She holds peaceful political views, My Gramma like to rouse the masses, She is sometimes on the news.
My Gramma cares about people, She works for human rights, My Gramma works to end all wars, She works so we can sleep at night.
My Gramma follows a dream of peace, She believes in non-violence, My Gramma will risk her freedom for you, She will always break her silence.
My Gramma opposes injustice, She speaks for the poor and voiceless, My Gramma believes we have enough to share, She works to help the homeless.
My Gramma believes in the power of love, She believes in sharing, My Gramma works against racism and hatred, She believes in caring.
My Gramma works for civil liberties, She believes it is wrong to oppress, My Gramma believes it is immoral to torture, She believes we need to clean up this mess.
My Gramma cares about nature, She has hugged a tree, My Gramma wants clean water for everyone, She wants a healthy earth for you and me.
My Gramma loves all of us children, She dreams and works for our future, My Gramma doesn't care who you are She believes you deserve to be nurtured.
My Gramma marches for freedom, She says we can make the world better, My Gramma believes in dignity for all, And, that is why - She wears a rainbow sweater.