Another case of over sensitivity. Today, the Pentagon rejected the deployment of the Active Denial System to Iraq. Basically it sits on top of a Humvee or similar platform and is used for crowd/riot control. It emits a non-lethal ray that essentially makes you feel like you're on fire. The Pentagon rejected it saying that is might be viewed as a "torture device." Total bs if you ask me, considering people wouldn't get killed since its NON-LETHAL. Check out the excerpt below, and you will get the idea and be able to form your own opinion. Personally, I would rather be zapped by that thing as opposed to having my body pumped full of lead. But that's just me.....
Kind of ironic that the people sitting at desks in air conditioned buildings are making the call. I mean, who do these ground commanders think they are?Military leaders repeatedly and urgently requested -- and were denied -- the device, which uses energy beams instead of bullets and lets soldiers break up unruly crowds without firing a shot.
It's a ray gun that neither kills nor maims, but the Pentagon has refused to deploy it out of concern that the weapon itself might be seen as a torture device.
Perched on a Humvee or a flatbed truck, the Active Denial System gives people hit by the invisible beam the sense that their skin is on fire. They move out of the way quickly and without injury.
On April 30, 2003, two days after the first Fallujah incident, Gene McCall, then the top scientist at Air Force Space Command in Colorado, typed out a two-sentence e-mail to Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"I am convinced that the tragedy at Fallujah would not have occurred if an Active Denial System had been there," McCall told Myers, according to the e-mail obtained by AP. The system should become "an immediate priority," McCall said.