Pentagon has decided to advance a system for controlling the masses by inflicting pain with microwaves, which will be emitted from planes, NewScientist writes.
The device is a continuation of the controversial “Active Denial” system, which uses microwaves to warm up the skin`s surface, creating a painful sensation without inflicting burns. It slowly makes the potential target flee. The system has not yet been used due to legal and safety implications.
Still, the Pentagon will now request the system be perfected.
Thus, a compact antenna will be the centre of the weapon, which will be guided electronically and be able to create multiple rays that can be directed at a moving target.
However, Juergen Altman, a physicist from the Dortmund University, warned that such rays can cause serious burns, which has been confirmed when a U.S. soldier was hospitalised for second-degree burns after a test in 2007.
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Dr Gottlieb specialised in the development of lethal toxins and other biological agents. His clandestine weaponry was designed to assassinate Third World leaders allegedly hostile to US interests (e.g. Fidel Castro in Cuba, Patrice Lumumba in the Congo, Abdul Kassem in Iraq). Dr Gottlieb also sought to exploit the military potential of mind-altering drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). According to Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain [authors of Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD, and the Sixties Rebellion, Grove Press, 1986] CIA operatives tested LSD by agreeing...
"... among themselves to slip LSD into each other's drinks. The target never knew when his turn would come, but as soon as the drug was ingested a ... colleague would tell him so he could make the necessary preparations (which usually meant taking the rest of the day off). Initially the leaders of MK-ULTRA restricted the surprise acid tests to [their own] members, but when this phase had run its course they started dosing other Agency personnel who had never tripped before. Nearly everyone was fair game, and surprise acid trips became something of an occupational hazard among CIA operatives.... The Office of Security felt that [MK-ULTRA] should have exercised better judgment in dealing with such a powerful and dangerous chemical. The straw that broke the camel's back came when a Security informant got wind of a plan by a few [MK-ULTRA] jokers to put LSD in the punch served at the annual CIA Christmas office party ... a Security memo writer... concluded indignantly and unequivocally that he did 'not recommend testing in the Christmas punch bowls usually present at the Christmas office parties.'"
Later LSD trials used prisoners, mental patients and prostitutes as subjects. Dr Gottlieb was reputedly the inspiration behind Dr Strangelove [played by Peter Sellers] in Stanley Kubrik's satirical masterpiece of 1964.
Dr Gottlieb's colleague, chief officer of the Army Chemical Corps Major General William Creasy, saw wider opportunities for the use of mind-altering drugs. He advocated lacing the water supplies of "enemy" cities with LSD or similar agents as a "humane" alternative to incinerating their inhabitants with thermonuclear weapons.
Major General Creasy expressed his disappointment that large-scale testing of potential psychochemical weaponry such as LSD on US citizens was prohibited:
"I was attempting to put on, with a good cover story....to test to see what would happen in subways, for example, when a cloud was laid down on a city. It was denied on reasons that always seemed a little absurd to me."
One aim of MK-ULTRA was to develop a so-called truth-serum. Accordingly, various substances were investigated by the CIA as potential "truth drugs". As it happened, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine - then known as EA-1475, now better known as Ecstasy - was one of a number of agents undergoing testing at the US Army's Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland as part of the MK-ULTRA project.
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