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8 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2010 - 3:52PM #1
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You gotta test it somewhere!



By Brian Day, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/20/2010

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Senior  Deputy David Judge talks about the Assault Intervention System (AIS) during a demonstration at the Pitchess Detention Center's North County Correction Facility, Friday, August 20, 2010. The device transmits a focused, invisible millimeter wave at a suspect which causes an intolerable heating sensation.  The Sheriff's Department will conduct an operational evaluation with AIS to stop or  lessen the severity of inmate assaults.  (Michael Owen Baker/Staff  Photographer)


CASTAIC - A high-tech ray gun built for the  military that fires an invisible heat beam capable of causing unbearable  pain will be tested on unruly inmates in the sheriff's detention  facility in Castaic, officials said Friday at an unveiling event.

The "Assault Intervention System" (AIS) developed by the Raytheon  Co., could give the Sheriff's Department "another tool" to quell  disturbances at a 65-inmate dormitory at the Pitchess Detention Center's  North County Correctional Facility, said Cmdr. Bob Osborne, head of the  technology exploration branch of the sheriff's Department of Homeland  Security Division.

The 600-pound, 7-foot-tall device won't replace traditional methods such as tear gas, rubber bullets and batons, Osborne said.

"We're looking to see if we can exploit this science for the benefit of the Corrections Department," he said.   (Article Continues @ LINK)

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8 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2010 - 4:01PM #2
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"The Sheriff's Department will conduct an operational evaluation with AIS to stop or  lessen the severity of inmate assaults"




And your problem with reducing assaults on Corrections Officers is.....?

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8 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2010 - 4:38PM #3
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Well, I've had to fulfill contracts at local Prison systems and I'll say that very often there are those who are the turn keys, on one side of the badge, that should well be behind bars instead of locking others there.

And after all, it's Jail or Prison. Not the park, not a Rainbow gathering, not a Yoga retreat. Here, the guards are instructed not to talk to prisoners except to tell them what to do. No civil conversation, no small talk, nothing. The prisoner, per one guard we know quite well , are animals. And they should never be let to forget that under any circumstances.

One woman we know is a prison sub-contractor sent from the local public school. She volunteers a few days a week to help illiterate inmates learn to read. She teaches anyone from first to third grade reading level, even in prison there are those that barely make that mark.
One day she was walking out to her car and a man who was a trustee working the grounds outside the prison walls, went to help her before she hit the ice and slush covered parking lot and hurt herself. She yelled at him to stay away and don't touch her. The reason being, even as a Trustee, had he made a move to touch her he would have been shot dead. As is standard policy for the sharps who stand watch in the tower that surveys the yard and the parking area of the local facility.

So when prisoners fight, sure there's a risk of shivs, etc... The inventiveness of the subculture in jails and prisons, is amazing. A word too often used, but in this case applicable. The guards are always better outfitted for self defense. And given the news regarding both law enforcement on the streets as well as in prisons, having a tendency to abuse citizens and the incarcerated, with those weapons at their disposal now, this newest test for a weapon that holds potential for lethal consequences, in close range, is outrageous.

But, as said in the OP, they have to test it somewhere. (else) And what many free citizens don't realize when they're made aware of the latest technology for terrorist defense, or crime fighting is, if it can be used on "Them" it can be used on "you". Personally, knowing the guards we know in a few systems in the area and having encountered a situation once when I was visiting someone incarcerated years ago and the experience I had there with a few guards from whom I ended up being saved by my locked up buddy, letting a weapon that holds potential to cook people, into the hands of over stressed high strung captors of inmates in a violent atmosphere wherein tempers can flare and professionalism can and has gone out the window, is dangerous. And it's not a matter of if, but when we'll read of the first fatal proof of that.

But there are those who say, they're inmates! Fuck 'em!

In which case, the aforementioned scenario applies. It's subjective. What can be used to fuck them, can be used to fuck the rest of us. As these weapons are under consideration already for crowd control at protests, and for battle field defense.

Close quarter testing, in this jail, is the next level of intelligence to be garnered in the field of testing it's potential at close range in a contained environment.That it's being used on prisoners, is what lets a lot of the naive public reading this article to think it's all about inmate security and nothing more. That's not true. It's a whole lot more. If it can be used on violent inmates, it can be used on non-violent protesters.
Freedom of speech. Freedom to be cooked?
No, I don't think so.

But the potential is there.

And that is the problem I have with it.









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8 years ago  ::  Aug 30, 2010 - 7:56PM #4
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