Report: Feds considered using ‘heat ray’ on DC protesters

| September 19, 2020

Active denial system

I’m not sure why this requires a “whistleblower” nor why it surprises people. I’ve been around when plans are made for these events. Nothing is off the table. Lots of ideas are spit-balled and dismissed. Better to bring an idea up and have it shot down than to have never considered an available option.

Thus we have people surprised and aghast that non-lethal crowd control devices would be used against a violent crowd.

A military whistleblower says federal officials sought some unusual crowd control devices — including one that’s been called a “heat ray” — to deal with protesters outside the White House on the June day that law enforcement forcibly cleared Lafayette Square.

In written responses to questions from a House committee, National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco said the Defense Department’s lead military police officer for the National Capital Region sent an email asking if the D.C. National Guard possessed a long-range acoustic device — used to transmit loud noises — or an “Active Denial System,” the so-called heat ray.

DeMarco said he responded that the Guard was not in possession of either device. National Public Radio and The Washington Post first reported DeMarco’s testimony.

The AP article says;

Use of either the acoustic device or the Active Denial System would have been a significant escalation of crowd control for the Guard members, particularly since the defense officials ordered that the Guard troops not be armed when they went into D.C.

Not sure how the acoustic device (which is essentially a very powerful and directed megaphone) or the active denial system would be “significant escalation.” This was the crowd that injured 50 cops you’ll recall. In a letter to Congress, Interior Secretary Bernhardt wrote that that the crowd had authorities in a “state of siege.”

“The incidents are numerous and include USPP [US Park Police] officers having their police cars vandalized; being subject to bombardment by lighted flares; Molotov cocktails, rocks, bricks, bottles and other projectiles; and physical assault so violent that to date over 50 area law enforcement officers have been injured to some degree,” Bernhardt wrote, adding that one officer required emergency surgery.

It would seem to me that using non-lethal devices to disperse the crowd would be a significant deescalation.

Thanks to Jeff LPH 3 for the tip on the story.

Source; Military Times

Category: "Your Tax Dollars At Work", ANTIFA, BLM, Crime, DC Government, Guest Link, National Guard

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  1. Sapper3307 says:

    Soap and water works also.

    • Mustang Major says:

      Water cannons blasting rioters would undoubtedly leave a fair amount of pink, purple and green hair dye on the pavement. Ugh…

  2. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Why the hell don’t we use water cannons on them like other countries do?

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Is the Military Version of these 2 devices cabable of generating more heat than the hot air coming from the demonrats or making more noise than this “congress” of howler monkees? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    Been following this story since it FIRST reared it’s head. Laffed my ass off. To me, escalation would be when the NG rolled up in a classic 2 up 1 back formation of MRAPs or Strykers. Your mostly peaceful protest ceased when you started busting up sh^t, looting sh^t, burning sh^t, and impeeding the progress on public streets of other citizens.

    The Patriots that fired upon the Lobsterbacks in 1775, knew what they were getting into. They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their Sacred Honor. Wonder if the SJW Howler Monkees are willing to do the same?

    Hell weren’t we blasting out Heavy Metal when Noreiaga was holed up down in Panama?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      This should make your heart beat a little faster. Oregon state troopers against antifas in Portland, recent episode.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        As for me, I LOVE the sights and sounds of hippie fleabags getting their asses kicked to Kingdom come!!!

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Cold weather is coming along.

    Just turn the hose on them and see how quickly they disappear and don’t come back.

    • Skippy says:

      None of this matters as long as the DOJ sits on its Ass with a do nothing attitude

    • Doc Savage says:

      I remember the Hormel strike in 1986, Austin Minnesota; the union strikers on one occasion decided to try to force the gate on one of the plants and the National Guard was used…..and water hoses…..in February.

  5. I know these devices have been in existance for a number of years. Watched a video on riot training from the Nat Guard and they used the micro wave heat device on the Nat Guard troops dressed up in civies and showed how the heat on a persons skin affected them and it worked and since I watched the video, I’ve never seen it used. I know that those sound devices are used by some security people on board those ships transiting somali pirate areas. Saw it on a compilation of videos dealing with pirates.

  6. 26Limabeans says:

    Flame thrower makes a nice heat ray.

  7. RGR 4-78 says:

    So, using less than lethal on crowds of violent rioters is against the rules, that is an asinine thought process.

  8. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Oh. I was thinking the heat ray from the George Pal 1950s “War of the Worlds”.

    ThrumthrumthrumthrumZORCHZORCHZORCHZORCHZORCH!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Nah. The Dems are the BORG. They will assimilate all of themselves… or something like that.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I personally think that after RBG kicking the bucket along with President Trump nominating her replacement with the Republican Senate confirming him or her and then President Trump getting reelected will cause multitudes of liberal moonbats having shitfits to the point of them committing spontaneous combustion, popcorn, anyone?

  9. Devtun says:

    Beehive rounds, but that could be a bit of overkill.

  10. SFC D says:

    A few motivated 25Q’s (or 31Q‘ s) with a TRC-170 could do this. 2Kw RF in 4.4-5.0 GHz range produces a lot of heat. Side effects may also include sterilization, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  11. MI Ranger says:

    I understand why MAJ DeMarco applied for “whistleblower” status. His career is effectively over. He leaked to the press an official request (even though it was denied), which means he will never hold a security clearance (he can’t be trusted). While he may not of needed one prior to this as an MP, any promotion would have. He wants to ensure that he can continue to get paid, and not have to work since he can’t do his job and be trusted.
    How long does “whistleblower” status last? I doubt he is very close to 20 years yet.