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08/31/2008 04:22 PM ID: 73076 Permalink   

Air Force Officials Boast that Laser Will Allow US to Carry Out Attacks With Plausible Deniability

 

The Advanced Tactical Laser, a silent, invisible weapon which could apply blow torch temperatures to a target from 20km away, has been promoted as a weapon that could allow attacks to be carried out and then plausibly denied.

The statement was first made by chief engineer of the US Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate Cynthia Kaiser last October and repeated by director of USAF's Capabilities Integration Directorate John Corley in June.

"The target would never know what hit them. Further, there would be no munition fragments that could be used to identify the source of the strike," said John Pike, an analyst at Global Security. The laser was test fired during summer.

 
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  Wow  
 
I knew they had weapons like that--- but 20 km!? That's insidious!

So, any future spontaneous combustion of political enemies that occur can be attributed to the USA.
 
  by: theironboard     08/31/2008 04:39 PM     
  Things like  
 
This do not surprise me, who knows what hellish weapons goverments are working on.I read about one ethnic specific weapon that can kill a race of people but leave others imune from it,we live in scary times.
 
  by: Jammy-Doger   08/31/2008 04:42 PM     
  @Jamey-Dodger  
 
Should I work on a tan or is this weapon not geared to frighteningly white, redheaded women? Will tattoos deflect it at all? I can get more if need be.

Enquiring minds need to know.

~Syl
 
  by: morgora     08/31/2008 05:08 PM     
  Good for them  
 
Sounds like they got together and decided to repeat these statements in the media so that the "plausible deniability" would be spoiled.

What sort of cowardly disposition leads to the notion that a military weapon is needed that can allow a government to kill and never be blamed?
 
  by: l´anglais     08/31/2008 05:33 PM     
  my theory  
 
I believe that the funding in Iraq is a huge cover up for funding for advanced weapons. How can you cover up over $30 billion for new weapons yearly? Easy, start a war...and don't allow your commanders to fully win the war. Drag the war out long enough and governments can hide an insane amount of money for other projects.
 
  by: slayer06   08/31/2008 05:37 PM     
  also makes you wonder  
 
You hear of cases where humans combust instantly for no reason. Government tests?
 
  by: slayer06   08/31/2008 05:41 PM     
  Old news  
 
Val Kilmer made this thing years ago.
 
  by: catalyst   08/31/2008 05:43 PM     
  @slayer  
 
Ive actually NEVER heard of that theory, although I could believe it.
 
  by: wingedpuma     08/31/2008 07:45 PM     
  Why not just use  
 
The "Rods from God" kinetic weapons or the ice gun lol. That was one of my favorites. At any rate "Plausible deniability" is out the window with this article. I can see it now "No reeeaally guys, it was Russia's laser. Yeah, that's the ticket."
 
  by: lorddaver   08/31/2008 10:37 PM     
  @wingedpuma  
 
You've never heard of spontaneous human combustion? Your body burns from the inside out, even bones are burnt to ash. Usually all thats left are the arms and legs.

Or did you not hear the theory that SHC was actually a big government laser? Me neither, sounds sneaky.
 
  by: jonnysodoff   08/31/2008 10:40 PM     
  great  
 
another very expensive high tech gadget to kill people.

i've always been amazed by the energy we spend in finding new and more complicated ways to kill us all.

i wonder how sometimes we can consider ourselves to be the most advanced and intelligent life form.





 
  by: ProTesTa     08/31/2008 11:11 PM     
  Freckin lazer beams  
 
Guns eat your heart out.

Wheres my electro-magnetic shielding capabilities?


We can either improve life or improve our weapons, but we can't to do both as history has shown.
 
  by: Vhan     08/31/2008 11:43 PM     
  How many think  
 
that their tinfoil hat will protect them against such a thing?
 
  by: old man   09/01/2008 12:01 AM     
  At; old man  
 
thats it... i`m buying titanium foil...

retired tin foil hats back when i found they amplify the signal... the government want you wearing tin foil so the military can read your mind.... been using copper foil since... now gotta so with titanium... hope the titanium can protect my mind as well as copper has all these years.
 
  by: HAVOC666     09/01/2008 01:25 AM     
  Reality is  
 
it can probably go further than 20km, and do more damage than apply blow-torch heat...

it does make you wonder though - if it takes a while to focus the heat (which it would have to if they dont want civilian casualties...)... then every building that will ever be retrofitted with mirrors right around them haha - a laser is light - light reflects... you try to blow me up? hahaha SURPRISE!!!

dunno if that would work but it is an idea that no weapon is infallible...

I would be more worried about these idiots using it before they think out its danger and fully understand it...
 
  by: george2101436   09/01/2008 01:50 AM     
  @havoc  
 
I almost believe that you believe yourself! lol. Cheers.
 
  by: maverick7h     09/01/2008 04:40 AM     
  @maverick7h  
 
now that was good sarcasm...eh

sad part is i bet there people on here that would take that litterally.

it might be particulaly funny because as far as i know its partially true, copper does block signals better than tin which actually would actually amplify them.

science + sarcasm = funny times had by all...lol
 
  by: HAVOC666     09/02/2008 04:50 AM     
  YESSSS!!  
 
FINALLY Laser guns! Now what we need are rail guns, phasers and pulse rifles and we're all set!
 
  by: captainchainsaw   09/02/2008 06:14 PM     
 
 
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