Monday, October 17, 2005

Waving at the enemy: A new line of defense

ROGER SNODGRASS,, Monitor Assistant Editor

Doug Beason, associate director for threat reduction at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has put himself out there in his new book, "The E-Bomb."

Literally. He was a test subject during an experiment of the non-lethal weapon system called "active denial." Active denial is one of several forms of directed energy (DE) that are under development in the American arsenal and one of the two main electronic weapons featured in the book, an insider's unclassified look at warfare's future defenses.

Beason has also put himself into a controversial arena, heavily guarded by competing weapons bureaucracies on one hand, and peace and disarmament activists on the other. Human rights groups, for example, complain that active denial, a flash of unendurable pain that leaves no marks, might also be used for torture.

"It hurt like hell, but I'm glad I did it," Beason said during a recent interview about his encounter with the active denial beam.


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I'm confused.
Is this a serious story, or did April 1st arive a bit late this year?

"Active Denial"? Isn't that what's benn going on here at The LAb for several years, now?
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