Daily Archives: December 7, 2006

New Weapon Tested on Humans

Wired | Dec 5, 2006

 goodbye_weapon

ADS ACTD System 1 mounted on a Hummer — Image Wired News

Booze and Active Denial System Don’t Mix

The experiments get more bizarre as they progress. One of the experiments involved giving the subjects carefully measured doses of vodka to see if it helped them withstand the pain. See: Protocol F-WR-2002-0024-H: Effects of Ethanol on Millimeter-Wave-Induced Pain.

This story arrived in a large box. It was FedExed over by Ed Hammond of the Sunshine Project, a group that uses the Freedom of Information Act to delve into the darker corners of military research.

Hammond had requested all testing protocols for nonlethal weapons that involved humans, and they all related to the Air Force’s Active Denial System. (A cover letter from the Air Force explained that the ACCM laser dazzler had been omitted because it did not count as a weapon.) Hammond’s specialty is chemical and biological weapons, and as he already had plenty to deal with he passed the several hundred pages of documents over to me.

Drug addiction on rise with Afghan kids

SignOnSanDiego.com | Dec 6, 2006

The first nationwide survey on drug use, conducted last year by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, found nearly 1 million addicts in this nation of about 30 million people, including 60,000 children under age 15.

Opium production rose 49 percent this year to 6,700 tons – enough to make about 670 tons of heroin. That’s more than 90 percent of the world’s supply and more than the world’s addicts consume in a year.

“When the poppy cultivation increases, the number of addicts also increases,” said Gen. Khodaidad, deputy minister for policy and coordination in the Ministry of Counter Narcotics. “The addicts – the 920,000 people – this number is increasing day by day.”

Along the snowy footpath to Farida’s one-room house in Kabul, a social worker pointed out several women – opium addicts treated since the Nejat center opened in 2002 after the ouster of the Taliban regime.

Because there has been little drug education in Afghanistan, many people appear ignorant of the risks of addicting children and the social problems it brings.

Army enlistment regulations make way for 40-something recruits

Florida Times |  Dec 4, 2006

This reminds me of when Hitler formed the Volkssturm which conscripted all males between the ages of 16 to 60 to defend Berlin in a last desperate stand against the Allied Powers. It was composed of Hitler Youth who had yet to start shaving, invalids, the elderly, and men who were previously considered unfit for military service. Will we see the age limit go up towards 50 or 60 and down to 17 or younger? That seems to be the trend now and it will only increase when they, the psychopaths that be, attack Iran, thus bringing Russia and China into conflict with the US, dragging us all into a major world war that will definitely kill and maim many millions.  Add to the mix, the “stop-loss” program to prevent soldiers from leaving after their tours are up, 50-somethings being recalled to duty out of retirement, amputee soldiers being sent back into battle with high-tech bionic prosthetics and the increased use of women in combat roles. All cannon fodder for the Communazi New World Order!

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Part of an effort to help reach recruitment goals amid an unpopular war and mounting casualties

Sharon Samuel spent Sept. 11, 2001, on a New York City bus, trying to get to the World Trade Center to do anything she could to help.

When she couldn’t, she looked to the Army to do her part – only to find out she was too old.

“I wanted to serve, I wanted to give back,” said the 40-year-old Trinidad native who worked as a hairdresser in Brooklyn. “I have felt the pain New Yorkers felt.”

Samuel got a second chance when the Army increased its enlistment age.

More than 1,460 people 35 and older have enlisted in the Army and Army Reserve since the services raised the limit from 35 to 42 over the last year and a half.

The change is part of an effort to help reach its recruitment goals amid an unpopular war and mounting casualties and has led those like Samuel to Fort Lee, about 25 miles south of Richmond, for training in logistical support.

Women face emotional wounds of war

Yahoo News | Dec 3, 2006

Mental health experts say one of the biggest contributors to psychological problems for women in uniform is military sexual trauma — a term that covers verbal harassment and physical assault, which is a strong risk factor for PTSD.

The nightmares didn’t start until months after Alicia Flores returned home. The images were stark and disturbing: In one dream, a dying Iraqi man desperately grabbed her arm. In another, she was lost in a blinding sandstorm.
Flores is one of a new generation of women who have returned from war to cope with emotional stress or physical wounds that linger long after the sounds of mortar and gunfire have faded. Studies of Vietnam and        Gulf War veterans have documented post-traumatic stress in females — with higher rates than men, in some cases.

But the war in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen a far larger deployment of women — more than 155,000 — with far more females exposed to ambushes, roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and other deadly hazards. And they have been left with an increased risk of combat-like stress.

Flores says she’s not alarmed by her diagnosis of post-traumatic stress; she’s getting help for her sleeping problems. It wasn’t the war, but the adjustment to the civilian world that she found difficult.

“It was OK — now what?” she says. “You have nobody to talk to. Your family can’t relate to what you and your soldiers had and it’s just really hard. … I felt lost. … I didn’t know what to do with my time.”

That anxiety — along with depression, irritability and feelings of isolation — also are common symptoms for men with post-traumatic stress, but some mental health experts believe there are distinct pressures for women veterans.

Kids see too many anti-impotence ads: doctors

Reuters | Dec 4, 2006

Children should be exposed to fewer television ads for anti-impotence drugs and more for birth control, and need to be shielded from an advertising onslaught in general, the leading U.S. pediatricians’ group said on Monday.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a new policy statement, urged doctors, parents, legislators and regulators to limit children’s viewing of television and access to the Internet, move some TV ads to later hours after bedtime, and restrict how alcoholic beverage makers promote their products.

“If we taught kids media literacy, you can essentially immunize kids against advertising,” said statement author Dr. Victor Strasburger, a pediatrician at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.