It’s probably academic, at this point, to speculate on whether or not the Denver Police Department has purchased and will make use of Raytheon’s Silent Guardian, a moniker given to what is surely the most egregious supposedly “non-lethal” tool made available to police departments for the purpose of, um, yes, crowd control.
Raytheon touts the Silent Guardian as, “…revolutionary less-than-lethal directed energy application that employs millimeter wave technology to repel individuals or crowds without causing injury. The system provides a zone of protection that saves lives, protects assets and minimizes collateral damage. …Various commercial and military applications include law enforcement, checkpoint security, facility protection, force protection and peacekeeping missions.”
According to Raytheon, “The system’s antenna directs a focused beam of millimeter wave energy. The beam travels at the speed of light and penetrates the skin to a depth of 1/64 of an inch, producing an intolerable heating sensation that causes targeted individuals to instinctively flee or take cover. …Thorough government testing was conducted to characterize the effects of millimeter waves on the human body. These tests confirmed the technology’s safety and determined there is a significant margin between safe and harmful exposure levels.”
So, the “government” determined the effects of this weapon are “safe.” Oh my…
A thought here that the use of the Silent Guardian would be something the Hick (Mayor John Hickenlooper) and surely Barak Obama would nix as something quite inappropriate to the PC mantra; as something not quite Democratic. But, then, who knows?
The windfall ($18 to $25 million) that has accrued to the Denver Police Department to enhance their arsenal of crowd control toys, um, tools as a consequence of Denver’s hosting of the Democratic National Convention sits uncomfortably alongside the promise, the intent of the First Amendment.
But, hey, Democrats as well as Republicans have shown themselves to be ready, able and willing to devalue the Constitution to the requisites engendered by the aura of fear that Dubya has so ably instilled in the collective psyche.
So, do not fear the specter of wild-eyed, loud-mouthed CITIZENS, practicing their First Amendment Rights during the Democratic National Convention. Nope. Just broil them, bro.
Caution here: If I got broiled it would piss me off. I mean REALLY piss me off.