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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 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.
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