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Forum Post: The Sonic Cannon, the Pain Ray and the Irony of the American Revolution

Posted 9 years ago on Feb. 15, 2012, 9:01 a.m. EST by flip (7101)
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The disproportionately nonwhite city of Oakland, California has more than its share of poverty and unemployment. According to the 2010 Census, 17 percent of the city’s population, including more than a quarter of Oakland’s children, live beneath the federal government’s notoriously inadequate poverty level. Eight percent of Oakland’s residents live in what researchers call “deep poverty” – at less than half that stingy misery measure.[1] The city’s unemployment rate is four points higher than the national average and its black joblessness measure (20%) was twice the national rate.[2]

If you had $675,000 to spend on the improvement of life in Oakland, how would you invest it? In community gardens for disadvantaged neighborhoods? After- school programs for minority youth? Drug treatment and/or shelter and/or health care services for the poor? Training and hiring unemployed workers in the ecological retro-fitting of local residences? All of the above?

At some point close and prior to July 2010, the city of Oakland made a different sort of choice. It used that sum of taxpayer money to purchase a “sonic cannon” – a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) 300 X Mass Communications System.[3] Oakland’s surrounding jurisdiction Alameda County also purchased an LRAD 300X in 2010.[4]

It was a bold expenditure given the city’s considerable fiscal woes as well as its widespread poverty. “After three years of layoffs, furloughs and cuts [Oakland] city councilmembers called ‘drastic,’” an Oakland neighborhood newspaper reported on June 16, 2010, “the city still faces a $31.5 million shortfall for next year’s general fund.” In May, Oakland councilmember Ignacio de la Fuente had proposed laying off 200 police officers as one of numerous cuts to balance the budget.[5]

A sonic cannon is one of many types of sonic and ultrasonic weapons developed by “defense” corporations in league with the military and law enforcement over the last decade. As Wikipedia explains in a heavily sourced report:

“Some sonic weapons …have been described as sonic bullets, sonic grenades, sonic mines, or sonic cannons. Some make a focused beam of sound or ultrasound; some make an area field of sound. Although many sonic and ultrasonic weapons are described as ‘non-lethal,’ they can still kill under certain conditions…Extremely high-power sound waves can disrupt and/or destroy the eardrums of a target and cause severe pain or disorientation. This is usually sufficient to incapacitate a person. Less powerful sound waves can cause humans to experience nausea or discomfort.” [6]

The 300X, according to its manufacturers, produces up to 143 decibels of sound. That, former Oakland city attorney Michael Siegel noted last fall, “is plenty sufficient to destroy the hearing of any protestor.” According to an audiologist testifying before a Canadian court in 2010, "Exposure to very intense noise [such as that generated by an LRAD] can cause damage to the cochlea of the inner ear which may not show up until years later. Disruption to the delicate mechanics of the inner ear can sometimes improve within a few hours or days, but most often there is not a complete recovery and there is permanent hearing loss. On the other hand, where the hair cells in the inner ear are damaged by very loud sounds it invariably results in permanent hearing loss. . . . ."

Human beings are born with only one set of these hair cells. When damaged, these hair cells do not recover or regenerate. [7]

In the fall of 2009, the San Diego-based American Technology Corporation (ATC) insisted that the LRAD devices it patented, manufactured, and sold were “not weapons” but publicly sensitive “communications” tools to "influence the behavior and gain compliance" from groups of people. Still, the company admitted in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing in September 2008 that their technology was "capable of sufficient acoustic output to cause damage to human hearing or human health” and expressed concern that this destructive capacity could lead its manufacturers and users to face lawsuits.[8] There should be no doubt that local, state, and federal authorities who purchase LRADs in the name of “public safety” see them as part the state’s coercive arsenal against popular protest and public assembly.



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[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23474) 9 years ago

This blows me away, flip. My god. WTF? We have completely lost our spirit as a civilization and need to search hard until we can get it back:


[-] 2 points by flip (7101) 9 years ago

the waterboys - great band! my daughter's wedding song was by the pogues

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23474) 9 years ago

You can thank Shadz66 for that song. He sent it to me a while back and I just love it.

[-] -3 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

Yes recharge the spirit and feed the soul. Thanks beautifulworld. We must all remember what has brought us here together to fight corruption. To move forward in creating a better world.

This is from an older post and I think is also uplifting:


[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23474) 9 years ago

Thank you for that touching and uplifting video, DKAtoday.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

I Believe... That just because two people argue, It doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, It doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe... That we don't have to change friends if We understand that friends change.

I Believe... That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while, and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe... That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I Believe... That you can do something in an instant That will give you heartache for life.

I Believe... That it's taking me a long time To become the person I want to be.

I Believe... That you should always leave loved ones with Loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe... That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe... That we are responsible for what We do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe... That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe... That heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe... That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I Believe... That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe... That sometimes, when I'm angry, I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe... That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had And what you've learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe... That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe... That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe... That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe... That you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I Believe... Two people can look at the exact same thing And see something totally different.

I Believe... That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

I Believe... That even when you think you have no more to give, When a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I Believe... That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe... That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe... That you should send this to all of the people that you believe in. I just did.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the most of everything they have.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

We need food for spirit as well as food for thought. Happy to have something to offer in the spirit of remaining strong in our purpose.

[-] 2 points by PeaceNow (84) 9 years ago

I love this entire thread! First for the exposure of the weaponry being used against us in the US waged war against its citizens, and second for the beauty by which we respond to this tyranny. Intelligent on both fronts. Thank you.

[-] 2 points by rayl (1007) 9 years ago

why do you think they are called pigs?

[-] 1 points by Reboot (3) 9 years ago

Globalization and E.L.F. Psychotronics

This is a game changer....


[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 9 years ago

I've heard that through the use of HAARP, they are currently building an invincible army of bigfoots up in Alaska.

They will sneak into homes all over the World and clog up everybody's drains, all at once.

Due to a worldwide shortage of qualified plumbers, this will recreate the biblical flood, and reduce world population to a level that will allow the NWO to take over.

[-] 1 points by Faithntruth (997) 9 years ago

Excellent summary and wonderful job of research, flip. The people of oakland really need to put their energy into replacing their government of hubris, fear, and control with one of respect, positive action, and community pride. Probably good for us all to start looking at the choices our own local governments are making, too.

[-] 1 points by flip (7101) 9 years ago

it is not my research so i don't want to take credit for anything but finding the article! you are right about paying attention to what our local gov'ts are doing

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 9 years ago

This??? As if tear gas, flash bombs, pepper spray, beanbag shotguns and rubber bullets, aren't enough?

At least they skipped the microwave ray gun and modular tasers.

For now-------------------------------------------

[-] 1 points by flip (7101) 9 years ago

give them time

[-] 0 points by Wondrous (37) 9 years ago

Insider Warns Family Of EMP Strike On U.S. This Year, Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. by Zen Gardner

“I don’t say this lightly. It shocked me as well when I heard it. This information came to me in a very synchronistic way, as is so often the case. No anonymous phone call. No dark suited stranger whispering at a street corner. It came out in a conversation with a young man managing a cool store who turned out to be a research enthusiast. I’d never met him before and we just “happened” to strike up a conversation. And one thing led to another.

Naturally with this type of leaked info you don’t want to endanger the source by revealing too much. But it sounded very credible the way it was told to me. A good friend of his has a parent, a very high clearance scientist who’s been “inside” famous and hidden secret places for decades, who somewhat cryptically warned their adult child last month of this imminent EMP attack threat.

Apparently it will be this year, and “sooner rather than later”. It sounded like it could be a nationwide hit. This child of an insider was then sent a 1984 heavy-duty truck by this parent (no computerized circuitry) and told, I paraphrase, “When it happens you’ll have 30 minutes to make it out of the city. And even then you’ll only have a one-in-three chance of survival…”


[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

Some interesting Food for Thought considerations ….

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

  1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below..

A. Two Six-year Senate terms

B. Six Two-year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

  1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

  1. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

  1. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
  1. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  1. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
  1. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  1. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves .

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

Contact your individual representative and senator …

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time .

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete