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8th-Jul-2008 07:41 pm
DHS Considering Shock Bracelets For All Airline Passengers

This is some unconscionable fuckery.
A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers.

This bracelet would:
• take the place of an airline boarding pass

• contain personal information about the traveler

• be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage

• shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to as, would be worn by every traveler "until they disembark the flight at their destination." Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?
Denning of the Washington Times provides links (here and here) to pdf's of two pages of a letter written by Paul Ruwaldt of the Department of Homeland Security's Office Research and Development detailing DHS's interest in the product. The letter states that DHS is interested in the use of the product primarily as an aid to law enforcement for border security purposes, but also describes its usefulness aboard passenger planes or "anywhere else, for which the temporarily (sic) restraint of large numbers of individuals in open area environments by a small number of agents..."
Seriously? Fucking SHOCK BRACELETS?

I think I'm going to be ill.
9th-Jul-2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Makes you think that George Orwell wasn't too far off-base in 1984. I have to admit it's not all that surprising, which in itself, is a sad statement about our country.
9th-Jul-2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Well, even Orwell didn't think of such a device!
9th-Jul-2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Shocking, but False

Sometimes it just amazes me how these stories evolve. Let me start off by saying that the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate nor TSA have been pursuing shock bracelets for airline passengers as alleged by the Washington Times Blog.

This allegation stemmed from a misleading video posted on the Lamberd Website which depicts an ID bracelet that would contain identifying information as well as the ability to stun the wearer. The company claims to connect use of such a device to DHS and TSA, but no discussions between these agencies has ever taken place.

This all originated from a meeting held two years ago with a private company representative (not Lamberd) who proposed bracelet technology in response to the TSA's desire to find less-than-lethal means to detain an apprehended suspect.

The bracelet was never intended to replace boarding passes, contain ID information or be worn by all passengers as asserted in the Lamberd video and discussed in the Washington Times Blog.

The hypothetical use of the bracelet would have been for transporting already apprehended prisoners and detainees at prisons and border patrol facilities, and DHS was looking to see if there were potential air travel applications for apprehended suspects.

This concept was never funded or supported by the DHS or TSA and hasn’t even been discussed for two years. The letter circulating throughout the blogosphere from Paul Ruwaldt was not addressed to Lamberd and merely states the DHS was interested in learning more about the technology. Neither side followed up.

DHS/TSA does NOT support the asserted use and has not pursued the development of such technology.
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10th-Jul-2008 02:40 am (UTC) - Re: I
....and the Trilateral commission runs the world and had Kennedy killed, blah blah blah....
10th-Jul-2008 03:11 pm (UTC) - Re: I
Yep, that's right, dumbasses are getting their kids implanted with RFID chips in case they lose their kids or something.

Somewhere, Major Malfunction is cackling wildly.
9th-Jul-2008 04:53 am (UTC)
thank you.
9th-Jul-2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I think you've missed the point. The fact that it has even been CONSIDERED for use with the TSA, whether or not discussions have taken place or not, is disturbing.
10th-Jul-2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Well one of us missed the point, that's for sure....
9th-Jul-2008 01:20 am (UTC)
I haven't been in an airplane since the 80s and now see no reason to get in one ever again.
9th-Jul-2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Do we get sugar pellets if we buckle up?

Seriously though. Have you seen the promotional pictures of how it would work? There is one where you can shock ALL passengers in order to stop "mayhem" from ensuing. It is hilarious and fucking scary.
9th-Jul-2008 02:34 am (UTC)
As someone who knows a bit about electrical shock, this would not be a very good idea. Mainly, as a shock device, putting a single unit on one wrist will not do anything to subdue a human. While you might feel an intense pain, it would be confined mostly to your forearm. Unlike a taser, which delivers it's punch usually through the torso and can involve a much larger area of the body as well as the heart, shocking the wrist leaves you with an intense burning at the hand and forearm. Your first involuntary reaction would be to try and fling the thing off or pull it with your other free (and fully functioning) arm. Even if being hit repeatedly with some rather powerful shocks, you could still get up and go after whoever is pushing the button, or anyone for that matter. In other words, fit me with something like this and I will still be able to punch the teeth out of the one in control. The added weight of the bracelet only helps in that matter.

While these things could instill fear in a timid populace and pretty much turn them into bleating sheep, when it comes down to it, it's the equivalent of whipping a bull.
9th-Jul-2008 04:52 am (UTC)
That is some sick shit, my first thought was it's gotta be The Onion, but then I saw it's the Washington Moonie Times.

Not going to believe it until it gets into a genuine news source.

OTOH is there anything those fuckers wouldn't try?

9th-Jul-2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Blade Runner anyone???
9th-Jul-2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
It makes me think of "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut.

"But he didn’t get very far with it before another noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts."

It is only a matter of time....
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