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Friday, August 31, 2007

Troops not allowed to have ray guns

Picraygun U.S. commanders in Iraq were denied fancy new ray guns to use for civilian crowd control in Iraq (as opposed to traditional guns with deadly bullets), according to internal military correspondence obtained by The Associated Press.

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.

| Sara Shepherd

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