EXAMINER: SONIC CANNONS DEPLOYED AGAINST TEA PARTY IN SAN DIEGO
Kimberly Dvorak writes in Examiner.com "The increasing frustration with politicians and overflow crowds attending August town halls led San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore to place military-type crowd control devices at two (San Diego) area town hall meetings.
Rep. Susan Davis-D Calif. and Rep. Darrell Issa-R Calif. held town halls that exceeded capacity (10,000+ total attendees) and prompted the Sheriff's Department to have Long-Range Acoustic Devices(LRADs) standing ready.
Both town halls took place without incident; however the use of the military device concerned San Diegians. The LRAD crowd control is primarily used in Iraq to control insurgents and can cause serious and lasting harm to humans.
According to the manufacture, American Technology Corporation, the LRAD provides "military personnel the capability to transition through the rules of engagement to determine a target's intent and also provides greater assurance that innocent lives on both sides of the device are not lost due to miscommunication."
DEHESA VALLEY GAZETTE comments
"Now, as regards the weapons system. Lrad is an offensive and defensive weapons system. It can disperse a crowd and it can kill. Turn the dial the wrong way and it can explode the vessels in your head. Ease back on the dial and it can cause enough discomfort to encourage folks to get out of range, pronto."
"As frightening as Gore buying the system and then deploying it on American soil is the fact, as it came out in the Saturday debate (the Sheriff candidates including the current Sheriff) , that folks assigned to operate the system didn't have a clue how to operate the system."
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