chicago police + LRAD

At the recent May Day march, may 1st 2009, I saw first hand what my friend identified as being a long range acoustic device mounted on top of a chicago police department SUV. It looked like a direct tv dish mounted on top of the SUVs i see patrolling my neighborhood on the west side, now used instead of squad cars due to the recent acquisition by CPD of m-4 military grade assault rifles (“too big for squad cars”). Initially i thought the dish may have been the “pain ray” or active denial system, a “less than lethal” weapon produced by raytheon that sends out electromagnetic waves that burn the top layer of one’s skin. it is much more likely, however, that the device was a sound gun, as those have already been deployed by the nypd for the 2004 RNC, and i saw an article on indymedia saying the pigs had them in san jose. written on the device was “AnV Technologies” or “AvN Technology”, something like that.

more information forthcoming.

 

video of nypd long range acoustic device

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2ab_1204034152

use for “wildlife control” with very likely damage to birds, the thing is so fucking loud

http://www.detect-inc.com/downloads/DeTect%20LRAD%20Long%20Range%20Acoustic%20Device%20117.pdf

 

from: http://www.atcsd.com/site/content/view/27/41/

The Long Range Acousic Device™ (LRAD®) is a breakthrough hailing and warning, directed acoustic device designed to communicate with authority and exceptionally high intelligibility.

Developed specifically in response to the USS Cole attack, LRAD fulfills a capability gap for military vessels to hail, notify, and warn approaching vessels at extended ranges with clear voice or prerecorded messages in almost any language.

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.

The LRAD Advantage:

  • HIGH DIRECTIONALITY
    • Reduces the risk of exposing nearby personnel to excessive audio levels
  • HIGH DECIBEL OUTPUT
    • Clear communication and unmistakable warning at extended ranges
    • Attention-getting and highly irritating deterrent tone for behavior modification
  • COST EFFICIENCY
    • Increased security coverage
    • Reduced manpower
    • Increased operational efficiency
    • Increased response capabilities
  • EASE OF INSTALLATION
    • Low power requirements
    • Weatherproof
    • Lightweight
    • Flexible mounting (Optional SCRAM Cart configuration)
  • PROVEN TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION
    • In combat since December 2003
    • At sea since May 2004
    • Maritime security since August 2004
    • Public safety since August 2004

The LRAD 1000 can issue a verbal challenge with instructions in excess of 500 meters and has the capability of following up with a warning tone of 151 dB (at one meter) to influence behavior or determine intent.

The LRAD 500 produces a sound pattern that provides clear communication beyond 300 meters. The deterrent tone can reach a maximum of 145 dB (at one meter) to influence behavior or determine intent.

LRAD-X™

The LRAD-X product line is designed to broadcast powerful and intelligible voice messages and warning tones. The superior voice intelligibility and clarity of LRAD-X provides a highly directional audio beam that achieves maximum sound projection and penetration over distance. LRAD-X operators have the ability to issue clear, authoritative verbal commands, followed with powerful deterrent tones to enhance response capabilities.

Remote Long Range Acoustic Device LRAD-RX

LRAD-RX can be operated remotely across an IP network enabling system operators to respond to potential threats from a safe environment while creating a complete unmanned perimeter security solution. LRAD-RX accepts intruder position information from other IP-enabled sensor systems to automatically find and track potential threats. LRAD-RX’s large safety zone gives security personnel additional time and valuable information if an elevated intruder response becomes necessary.

LRAD Products Enable:

 

 

  • Longer stand-off distances for increased force protection
  • Larger coverage with fewer assets
  • Evidence of use of reasonable force
  • Positive determination of intent of groups or individuals from extended distances

more on american technology corporation from: http://www.atcsd.com/site/content/view/38/51/

American Technology Corporation was founded in 1980 and recapitalized in 1992. In May 1996, we launched our breakthrough HyperSonic Sound® technology and began engineering sound solutions for the commercial, government, and military markets. In 2000, we purchased and subsequently improved our NeoPlanar® technology which also has commercial, government and military applications.  In response to the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole, we developed and introduced our revolutionary Long Range Acoustic Device™ (LRAD® ) product and continue to expand our sound reproduction technologies and products to meet the needs of our customers and target markets.

American Technology Corporation currently has over 320 U.S. and Foreign patents and patent filings to date.

The management team at American Technology Corporation brings together a unique blend of technology licensing and manufacturing expertise with acoustic engineering experience. Together, this team has advanced the company’s audio technologies and expanded its market applications. Get to know each team member by clicking the officer’s name.

ManagementElwood G. Norris
ChairmanThomas R. Brown
President and Chief Executive Officer

Katherine H. McDermott
Chief Financial Officer

Norman Carmichael
Vice President of Operations

Board of Directors
Elwood G. Norris
ChairmanDaniel Hunter
DirectorAdmiral Ray Smith
Director

Thomas R. Brown
Director

Laura M. Clague
Director

 

the washington post reports nrad being sold to china to be used against demonstrators at the 2008 olympics: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jun/06/high-noise-device-for-olympics-reviewed/

 

how nrad is used in iraq: psyops + metallica storming falluja

http://www.baltimorechronicle.com/2009/031609Yearsley.shtmlKILLING THEM CRUELLY WITH CIA’S SONGS:

Music Torture

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by David Yearsley
Friday, 13 March 2009

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One of the great advantages of sonic weapons and torture is that they leave no mark on the victim.

<!– –>The human ear is defenseless. Unable to keep sound out, it must take in all it hears.Selective hearing is common phrase, but meaningless.

History’s most infamous musical assault exploited the defenslessness of the ear: the massively distorted music blasted at the Branch Davidians in Waco in 1993 by the FBI wore down the compound dwellers over the seven week siege like a battleship pounding shoreline battlements. The final firestorm was prepared not only by sleep-preventing decibel levels but because of its horrifying aesthetic crimes, the most heinous being Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Early proponents of world music, the G-men varied their play-list with sing-along Christmas carols in saccharine 1950s style arrangements, Tibetan chants and cavalry bugle blasts. Just how seriously perpetrators of sonic violence take their music can be judged by the care with which they assemble their repertoires of destruction and despair.

Cult leader David Koresh, himself a failed pop singer, had begun the high-decibel musical exchange in Waco by first bombarding them with recordings of his own happy-clappy pop.  This siege-busting tactic ceased when the federal forces cut the compound’s power supply.

Waco was by no means the first instance of musical warfare. A few years before, the U. S. had tried to ferret out opera-lover Manuel Noriega from Panama City redoubt with a non-stop heavy metal bombardment: Madame Butterfly and La Traviata were no match for Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.  The sonic assault was finally halted under pressure from the Vatican.

In Gauntanamo Bay and other prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq the British rights group Reprieve has claimed that interrogation techniques have involved the uses of extremely loud music by AC/DC, and Metallica as well as theme songs from children’s televison shows like Barney & Friends.  These horrors were detailed by Andy Worthington in Counterpunch back in December of last year.

Unfettered by earplugs, anti-noise headphones or other defensive technologies the ear is helpless to protect itself. The eyes have lids, the ears don’t.  In A Clockwork Orange when the anti-hero the violent sociopath and Beethovenian fanatic Alex is re-programmed to harmless passivity, his eyes must be propped open so he can be forced to witness acts of violence on the screen while being infused with a nausea-inducing drug. By contrast, the glorious sounds of Alex’s beloved 9th symphony of Ludwig Van accompany the images but enter unimpeded into his soul.

In the increasingly loud and intrusive modern world maybe the human earlobes will begin to evolve to become like eyelids that can be closed when things get unbearable out in the aural universe. But even this evolutionary advance wouldn’t have neutralized the sub-woofers of Waco.

One of the great advantages of using music as an implement of torture is that it leaves no physical mark.  As Plato and many other writers have known, music works directly on the soul. There is nothing more uplifting nor potentially devastating.

Over the past few years New York University professor of music Suzanne Cusick has been lecturing far and wide on the United States’ use of music in interrogation and as a battlfield weapon. The soft-spoken, incisive Cusick came to Cornell in the spring of 2006 to deliver the year’s principle music lectured, named after Donald J. Grout. Grout was one of the great music historians of the 20th century, and a deeply conservative man who would have hated every word Cusick uttered that afternoon in a corner seminar tucked in an upper floor of Cornell’s music building looking out over the campus’s Arts Quad and to Cayuga Lake below. Her talk concerned itself neither with the kinds of music nor the art’s exalted purposes one usually discusses in the Ivory Tower.

The original title for Cusick’s lecture had promised a tedious internal investigation of the discipline of musicology: “Buying (Back) the Farm, or Thoughts the Cultural Work of American Musicologies.” But she changed her topic unannounced and delivered instead sixty minutes on “Music as Weapon / Music as Torture.”  (For a version of the paper go to http://www.sibetrans.com/trans/trans10/cusick_eng.htm)

Much of Cusick’s talk let the chilling facts speak for themselves: “On November 18, 1998, now-defunct Synetics Corporation [was contracted] to produce a tightly focused beam of infrasound–that is, vibration waves slower than 100 vps–meant to produce effects that range from ‘disabling or lethal.’ In 1999, Maxwell Technologies patented a HyperSonic Sound System, another “highly directional device … designed to control hostile crowds or disable hostage takers”. The same year Primex Physics International patented both the “Acoustic Blaster”, which produced “repetitive impulse waveforms” of 165dB, directable at a distance of 50 feet, for “antipersonnel applications”, and the Sequential Arc Discharge Acoustic Generator, which produces ‘high intensity impulsive sound waves by purely electrical means.’”

She went on to describe the American Technology Corporation’s development beginning some ten years ago of the Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, a weapon “capable of projecting a ‘strip of sound’ (15 to 30 inches wide) at an average of 120 dB (maxing at 151 dB)  that will be intelligible for 500 to 1,000 meters (depending on which model you buy), the LRAD is designed to hail ships, issue battlefield or crowd-control commands, or direct an “attention-getting and highly irritating deterrent tone for behavior modification.” (http://www.atcsd.com)

Wielded by the 361st PsyOps company, the LRAD was deployed to “prepare the battlefield” in the siege of Falluja in November of 2004. The device was armed with Metallica’s “Hells’ Bells” and “Shoot to Thrill.”

As Cusick repeatedly pointed out, one of the great advantages of sonic weapons and torture is that they leave no mark on the victim. Gauntanamo captive Binyam Mohamed, who was returned to England in February after his long years of imprisonment and torture, claimed in an interview London’s Mail on Sunday how his sonic torture began already in a Kabul prison in 2002 where he was held for eighteen months in complete darkness before his transfer to Gauntanamo in 2004. His body can convey no direct physical of this horrendous abuse, probably in contrast to the other forms of torture he suffered as in the scalpel he claims was used to sliced his genitals.

In the Mail on Sunday interview Mohammed relates how “There were loudspeakers in the cell, pumping out a deafening volume, non-stop, 24 hours a day. They played the same CD for a month, The Eminem Show. When it was finished it went back to the beginning and started again. I couldn’t sleep. I had no idea whether it was day or night.’

As the Daily Mail is reporting today pressure from members of parliamentary and rights groups is mounting on British Foreign secretary David Milliband to hold a judicial inquiry into Mohamed’s claims that MI5 knew about the illegal torture.  Indeed, U. S. crimes against international law threaten now to engulf their coalition partner on the other side of the Atlantic. In early February details of Mohamed’s torture were excised from the dossier submitted to England’s High Court after Miliband asserted that not doing so might be detrimental to shared U. S. and UK intelligence efforts and could  “cause real and significant damage to the national security and international relations of the [UK].”

On February 22nd Prime Minister Gordon Brown insisted that there was no “cover-up” and two weeks ago Miliband and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith refused to answer questions on torture in front of the House of Commons’ Joint Committee on Human Rights.” Yesterday, Miliband issued a blanket denial, one which bodes ill the political future of the stonewalling foreign secretary: “We abhor torture and never order it or condone it.”

In the 1980s Miliband was a student at Corpus Christi College in Oxford.  While there he was elected Junior Common Room President and as a result got a prime rooms which happened to be located next to those of my wife, Annette Richards, similarly given housing preference because she was the college’s organ scholar, discharging those duties though reading for a degree in English literature.  In her rooms was a piano. Many were the nights when the studious Miliband would graciously request that she or her music-making guests stop playing because of the lateness of the hour.  These were Anglican anthems or Buxtehude organ preludes not super-loud Eminem. It is now time for Miliband to face a different music.

 

there were a number of helecopters circling the sky of the may day march this year. two or three i identified as police helicopters, as they had the signifying blue stripe along the side, same as the state flag of illinois and chicago city squad cars & suvs. i also saw a red helicopter, which i could not identify further, and a black helicopter with no other visible markings.

the following article, from prison planet, makes me think it might have been a national gaurd helicopter. of course, i cant verify this for certain, so take it with a grain of salt.

National Guard Helicopters to Police Citizens in Chicago
Blagojevich wants National Guard helicopters to patrol gun control capital of America

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
July 21, 2008

The gun control capital of America – Chicago – where only the criminals are allowed to own firearms – has been hit by a fresh wave of crime and violence, prompting Governor Rod Blagojevich to call for National Guard helicopters to be used in law enforcement operations.

Blagojevich plans to form an “elite tactical team” to help the city fight crime, according to a speech he gave last week.

“Violent crime in the city of Chicago is out of control,” Blagojevich said at the bill signing ceremony. “I’m offering resources of the state to the city to work in a constructive way with Mayor Daley to do everything we can possibly do to help stop this violence,” said the governor.

Citing the fact that a child has been shot nearly every day since the end of June, Blagojevich called for National Guard helicopters to be used in high crime areas.

However, as police department spokeswoman Monique Bond noted, the actual number of homicides in the city is significantly down.

“2008 may end with fewer than 500 homicides and that it is expected to be one of the least deadly years in the city in the last 40 years,” reports NBC5.com.

Following questions regarding the use of National Guard choppers in the city, Blagojevich’s office attempted to pour cold water over the issue by stating that National Guard troops would not enter the city.

“The only way the National Guard would be involved, if they are involved, is with the use of tactical helicopters that are currently used in narcotics operations,” spokesman Lucio Guerrero said in a prepared statement.

The precedent for National Guard units and military personnel to be used in domestic law enforcement has been a growing cancer for the last three decades.

Documentarian and radio talk show host Alex Jones has has attended numerous military urban warfare training drills across the U.S. where role players were used to simulate arresting American citizens, confiscating their weapons, and taking them to internment camps. Actors scream out that they have constitutional rights as they are handcuffed and hauled off to the detainment facility.

Legislation has already been passed that paves the way for the U.S. military to engage American citizens on home soil.

The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 allows the President to declare a “public emergency” and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to “suppress public disorder.”

Military-style drills involving unmarked black helicopters (the kind that the corporate media insists only exist inside the minds of conspiracy nutjobs) took place in Denver and Florida last month under the pretext of “terrorism training,” with choppers buzzing around downtown Denver and even causing damage to people’s property by flying well below legal altitudes.

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4857417

Focused Sound ‘Laser’ for Crowd Control

Day to Day, September 21, 2005 · Crowd control is a constant challenge to law enforcement — how to stop potential troublemakers without endangering those who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Rubber bullets can kill, tear gas drifts with the wind.

Several police departments across America are planning to try a new device that uses focused sound, turned way up. These so-called non-lethal acoustic devices are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq — and some are already in place in areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

These devices are more than just fancy speakers. California-based HPV Technologies recently demonstrated a “magnetic acoustic device” or MAD that can broadcast a targeted beam of sound for a more than mile. At close range, the sound from these devices can be terrifying and painful.

The same devices can also be used as public address systems, projecting instructions or warnings at lower settings — and at higher settings, forcing crowds to disperse. The sonic devices could prove less deadly than so-called “non-lethal” weapons such as Tazers and pepper spray guns that have actually caused some fatalities.

That’s not to say that sonic weapons can’t do harm. Earlier this year in Jerusalem, the Israeli Army used a device nicknamed “The Scream” to scatter protest groups. The Scream sends out noise at frequencies that affect the inner ear, creating dizziness and nausea. The device can also cause hearing damage.

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