DailyDirt: Alternatives To Projectile Weapons

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Ray guns have been exclusive to science fiction for quite some time now. So far, hurling bits of metal is pretty effective, but it seems so barbaric. Even Tasers aren’t wireless. Here are just a few examples of some impressive directed energy weapons that are getting close to becoming actual tools of war.

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Rekrul says:

Boeing and the US Air Force have tested a high power microwave weapon...

Boeing and the US Air Force have tested a high power microwave weapon that can fry electronics and disable the electrical systems of an entire building.

And when terrorists eventually get their hands on the design specs and start building them, who will the US government blame?

I don’t remember where I heard it, but I once heard a quote that nobody should ever build a weapon that they wouldn’t want to have used on themselves.

ethorad (profile) says:

non-lethal worse than lethal?

In a related note, there’s an interesting article over on Slate discussing the strange position we’re in whereby law enforcement can use various non-lethal weapons on their citizenry, but the Geneva conventions prohibit their use on enemy combatants as causing “superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering”.

We need a Geneva convention on use of weapons on civilians!

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