Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Compact-LRAD for Crowd Control at Vancouver Olympics

This is insane. Military weaponry at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver police get sonic crowd control device

Military design put to civilian use

The device - which is a compact version of its predecessor, the Long Range Acoustic Device - can be mounted on top of a vehicle. It is capable of emitting a blast of directional sound measuring an estimated 146 decibels at one metre away and an estimated 99 decibels at 500 metres.

Sound above the range of 120 to 140 decibels is considered painful and damaging to human hearing.

The devices were originally designed for the American military and was first used publicly in North America in September as police in Pittsburgh tried to control anti-G20 demonstrators.

Tried to control G-20 protestors, nice spin. Used to torture G-20 protestors is more accurate. To stop them from doing what they are lawfully entitled to do.

But police in Vancouver have no plans to use the device as a sonic weapon, said Houghton.

"It was looked at solely for its effectiveness at delivering a message to a large number of people," said Houghton.

So they say? But this is interesting...

Lack of regulations raises concerns

SFU criminologist David MacAlister, whose research focuses on police powers and civil liberties, said the public should be concerned about the police bringing in new tactics just months before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Protesters have threatened to hold large public demonstrations and possibly attempt to disrupt the Games.

"We want to be concerned whenever we're putting a new weapon in the hands of the police and they're basically telling us 'Trust us, we're not going to use it,'" said MacAlister.

"I'm always concerned when the police have a device like this that can be deployed and have that incidental effect on people who aren't necessarily the target of its use," he said.

Protocols and policies must be put in place to govern how the MRAD will be used during the Olympics, MacAlister maintains.

"The very fact they have the device and it has a weapon capability to it, there's always a risk its going to be used and I think we have to ask some serious questions whether this is the kind of device we want in the hands of the police," said MacAlister.


  1. This is clearly a form of torture, and as a weapon is indescriminate - anyone within hearing distance is screwed.

    And no news on it, of course.

    The preparation for large scale demonstrations that would NEED that kind of crowd control is curious, however. Well, it could just be a test, but it doesn't feel like it, as the Olympics is a premier "illuminati" event.

    Something big is brewing for the winter. Economic collapse fallout perhaps?

  2. I just can't help thinking how many of us were teased, attacked and ridiculed for saying that this sort of thing was in the barrel - about to come shooting out at all of us.

    I hate to say that we were right - but sadly, we were - and are.

    Crazy certainly, but what do we expect from the psychos running the opera?


  3. Hey buff, as Meria says, I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.

    We weren't wrong.

    I was thinking given this is "rememberance day" and were supposed to remember the usual claptrap
    "fighting for freedoms"
    what freedoms?
    How our freedoms are going bye-bye, ....incrementally.

    What are they fighting for again?
    It ain't freedom, it is the pipeline and the poppies (opium poppies)

    The BC Olympics have been fraught with controversy, remember way back I had a post up about American cops stopping Canadians on Canadian soil? In BC.
    The outspoken against the Olympics have been being harrassed by Vancouver police.
    It's a sham.

  4. slozo, where is the media on this?
    where there was one article, right?

    but last night, on the news they were talkin' Britney Spears, "yes, she did it again" who gives a shit!

    Look at the flu coverage?
    where was the balance in the coverage?
    Early on the coverage of H1N1, there was a bit of balance, you heard more often from Dr Neil Rau, an infectious disease expert.
    He said the vaccine was too experimental.I have some of his stuff here on the blog hit the swine flu tag and it will all come up.

    Around the time of the release of the vaccine the media hysteria began,and they have been criticized and rightly so for it.

    But, for someone who has followed this story, it seemed as if the media was acting in the best interest of the pharmaceutical industry. Sheer promotion, it was incredible, and fear, fear, fear, I mean 24/7
    Even the other day, I put the article up, where a doctor admonished the media and Health Canada for this exaggerated fear mongering coverage.
    From the CBC, and what picture did they use for the article?
    The young boy from TO.

    I look at this, and I think to myself, you guys can't stop yourself, your over the top fear mongering is being justly criticized, and you have to use the image of this dead child.
    It is exploitive.
    The not so subtle message to the story is, yeah, maybe our coverage has been outrageous and unbalanced but look at this face, he died, be scared.