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The "Ray-gun" is a reality
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 14, 2008

Of course it isn't something a young space cadet will be using anytime soon - it weighs 12,000 pounds:
Boeing announced today the first ever test firing of a real-life ray gun that could become US special forces' way to carry out covert strikes with "plausible deniability."

In tests earlier this month at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Boeing's Advanced Tactical Laser — a modified C-130H aircraft — "fired its high-energy chemical laser through its beam control system. The beam control system acquired a ground target and guided the laser beam to the target, as directed by ATL's battle management system."
Lots of links in the cited article. Apparently it has pretty nice stand-off capability, is extremely precise and can destroy or disable at will:
According to the developers, the accuracy of this weapon is little short of supernatural. They claim that the pinpoint precision can make it lethal or non-lethal at will. For example, they say it can either destroy a vehicle completely, or just damage the tires to immobilize it. The illustration shows a theoretical 26-second engagement in which the beam deftly destroys "32 tires, 11 Antennae, 3 Missile Launchers, 11 EO devices, 4 Mortars, 5 Machine Guns" — while avoiding harming a truckload of refugees and the soldiers guarding them.
And because of its stand-off capability and pin-point accuracy, they see it as a "highly effective anti-personnel weapon" which can be used to take out "high value targets" covertly.

Hmmm ... wonder how close they can get this thing to Iran.
 
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But can it be used to pop a house full of popcorn, that is what I want to know.
 
Written By: Dustin
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Or lance volcanoes?
 
Written By: Joe
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"Spontaneous human combustion" - I knew it was real.
 
Written By: Joseph Somsel
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This is yet another reason to repeal the War Powers Act and ensure that our military is NOT deployed without a formal declaration of war by our Congress.

Placed into the hands of someone like Bush, this weapon will surely be used both for assassinations abroad, and will be turned against our own citizens by Neocon thugs led by Micheal Chertoff.

While we will not stop the march of technology, nor the application of that technology to weapons, "We the People" must step forward and ensure that the power wielded by our government continues to be derived only from the willful consent of the citizens.

Insist that your elected representatives detail how they will not only preserve our freedoms, but have them explain how they will ENHANCE our freedoms and limit the power of government over us.
 
Written By: J. Tyler Ballance
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But can it be used to pop a house full of popcorn, that is what I want to know.
Sure it can, one targeted kernel at a time.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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I can’t believe no one got the "Real Genius" reference.
 
Written By: Jeff
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Placed into the hands of someone like Bush, this weapon will surely be used both for assassinations abroad, and will be turned against our own citizens by Neocon thugs led by Micheal Chertoff.
Whoa!
 
Written By: meagain
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Since the Space Shuttle, according to NASA, has a cargo capacity in excess of eight (metric tonnes) or 17,632 lbs. I think it should be clear where this laser will be heading. Once deployed in space, its 12,000 lb weight will be zero.

If the laser is effective through the atmosphere, we should expect to see Barrack Obama or anyone else who is deemed a threat to the military-industrial complex, to suddenly and inexplicably suffer a brain aneurysm.
 
Written By: J. Tyler Ballance
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If the laser is effective through the atmosphere, we should expect to see Barrack Obama or anyone else who is deemed a threat to the military-industrial complex, to suddenly and inexplicably suffer a brain aneurysm.
You have one too many l’s in the last name and you’re missing the letters u, n and d.

Thought that might help.
 
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If the laser is effective through the atmosphere, we should expect to see Barrack Obama or anyone else who is deemed a threat to the military-industrial complex, to suddenly and inexplicably suffer a brain aneurysm.
Right... because a flying laser will obviously be the scientific breakthrough that will make the Hidden Masters suddenly realize that they can just start killing people. I mean, they couldn’t just have a sniper shoot him with a high-power rifle. That isn’t evil genius enough. Even though it would be so much easier to blame a sniper on some patsy, they will use the completely unique fire-from-heaven attack and blame it on a random solar flare temporarily enhanced by a heat shimmer in the atmosphere caused by global warming.

Summary: haha, u r crazy
 
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