"...Neil Davison, co-ordinator of the non-lethal weapons research project at the University of Bradford in the UK, says controlling the amount of radiation received may not be that simple."First off, it's not a "radiation" weapon in the common vernacular use of the word "radiation", it is a microwave weapon. While technically this is a form of radiation, it is not ionizing radation, which is the main type of radiation that is the big bad boogieman in our society. Secondly, "controlling" the exposure to the beam is relatively simple. The beam heats the top 1/64th of an inch of the skin, creating a burning sensation akin to "...touching a hot frying pan or the intense radiant heat from a fire". A human beings natural reaction to such stimuli is to jerk away from it (that crazy momma nature, giving an instinct towards self-preservation!).
"What happens if someone in a crowd is unable for whatever reason to move away from the beam?"
Seeing as how "...a 2-second burst from the system can heat the skin to a temperature of 130° F" and it is apparently designed to sweep across a crowd, the odds are that the crowd won't be around for very long. Also "Someone would have to stay in the beam for 250 seconds before it burnt the skin". For the mathematically challenged, that's over four minutes. If there is a crowd or individual, that can stand their ground against a burning sensation akin to touching a hot frying pan for over four minutes, then I would be more concerned about the soldiers using the ADS system and their security.
My final arguement in favor of non-lethal weapons systems is very easy: A burn on the skin is a lot better than dying from lead-poisoning from taking a couple of rounds from a rifle or pistol. To argue against non-lethal (or "less-lethal") weapons systems is asinine.
Unfortunately we live in a world where people want to kill us. Be that for ideological, religious, political or other reasons, they want to kill us. Not give us temporary burning sensations on the skin, not make our ears ring for a little while, not cause us to feel temporarily nauseous. They want to kill us. We are one of the few countries in the world that would even think about creating non / less lethal weapons to use in a war zone. But there are groups and people out there who don't believe in the concept of war or defense, or at least not for the west. Those who think that any response to violence is bad. To them I say this: go to Osama bin Laden al-Qaida et al and start preaching that to them. The West is already getting soft about our responses to terrorism and violence, we are getting so bad that non / less lethal weapons are areas of "concern" to us. Preach non-violence to the actual violent groups, not to those that are defending themselves.
Wilson later told CNN that his wife was no longer in an undercover job at the time Novak’s column first identified her. “My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity,” he said.Federal law prohibits government officials from divulging the identity of an undercover intelligence officer. But in order to bring charges, prosecutors must prove the official knew the officer was covert and nonetheless outed his or her identity.
I shall know but one country. The ends I aim at shall be my country's, my God's and Truth's. I was born an American; I live an American; and I shall die an American. -Daniel Webster (1782-1852)