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ratswallow
Jan. 27th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any worse, this device is right on the borderline of outright violation of the Geneva Conventions.
wander
Jan. 27th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
It does but I'm not sure if it's that or if it's the utter waste of manpower and money that will go into developing it. Plus, it's billed for crowd control yet by it's nature seems to be for use on a single combatant. What are they proposing? A riot squad stand back to back in a circle and hit everyone in the crowd?

W
virga_flame
Jan. 28th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
Can you please point us to the clause this device may violate? Having just reread the Convention, I cannot find anything even remotely applicable.
ratswallow
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
http://www.un.org/millennium/law/xxvi-18-19.htm

Protocol IV on Blinding Laser Weapons prohibits the use of laser weapons specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision, that is to the naked eye or to the eye with corrective eyesight devices. The High Contracting Parties shall not transfer such weapons to any State or non-State entity.
It's an additional protocol added in 1998
http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/INTRO?OpenView
link to specifics
http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/FULL/570?OpenDocument
virga_flame
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Ah, thank you. This helps me immensely in a variety of forums. I'd found the ICRC site, but for some reason none of my searches had yielded information on protocols after 1949.
virga_flame
Jan. 28th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC)
Hmm. Seems the United States has not ratified this protocol anyway. Makes me wonder about the international politics surrounding the introduction of this particular protocol. This source gives only the text and signatories of the protocol itself, with no background. Obviously, you're much more familiar with it than I: Can you provide any of the missing background or point me to good additional sources?
aronal
Jan. 27th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
It'll take 30 seconds to figure out the use of mirrored sunglasses.
wander
Jan. 27th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah I could see all sorts of holes. I'm not sure if normal mirrored lenses would do it but you know as soon as they come out with this thing, there will be all sorts of adds for glasses that will deflect the beam. So why bother to begin with.

W
virga_flame
Jan. 27th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
If the American public weren't so dead set against killing foreign scumbags who are out to kill them, we wouldn't be wasting money on this sort of thing. We could continue to handle things in time-honoured fashion and kill the enemy, instead.
wander
Jan. 27th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'm all for that. Yet another thing you and I agree on. If you are going to fight a war then fight it. And I think there are/must be better methods for domestic crowd control. At best this would only stop one rioter so what's the point.

W
ryl
Jan. 28th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
If nothing else, they can use it to amuse the military dogs.
wander
Jan. 29th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah and cats love to play with little lights projected on the wall too.

W
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