By Deane Barker on September 20, 2007
Run away the ray-gun is coming : We test US army’s new secret weapon: This an article about Raytheon’s new “Silent Guardian.” It’s pretty horrifying.
When turned on, it emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation – similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker – that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings.
It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile.
Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury.
The scary thing for me is how this would enable some pretty grisly torture scenarios. Think about it: you can only take torture so far before you start permanently injuring someone or kill them, which renders the point of torture moot — dead men don’t tell tales.
But imagine putting someone in a room with this device, turning it on, and then going away for a day or two. What would happen? It can’t kill them, but it would expose them to non-stop, excruciating pain.
Would they die of cardiac arrest? I would have to think that there would be some brutal and potential lethal secondary effect. Can pain kill you?