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Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought ‘heat ray’ device before clearing Lafayette Square

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Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought ‘heat ray’ device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says

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9/17/20
Hours before law enforcement forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd, federal officials began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire, according to an Army National Guard major who was there. D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam D. DeMarco told lawmakers that defense officials were searching for crowd control technology deemed too unpredictable to use in war zones and had authorized the transfer of about 7,000 rounds of ammunition to the D.C. Armory as protests against police use of force and racial injustice roiled Washington. On June 1, federal forces pushed protesters from the park across from the White House, blanketing the street with clouds of tear gas, firing stun grenades, setting off smoke bombs and shoving demonstrators with shields and batons, eliciting criticism that the response was extreme. The Trump administration has argued that officers were responding to violent protesters who had been igniting fireworks, setting fires and throwing water bottles and rocks at police. But DeMarco’s account contradicts the administration’s claims that protesters were violent, tear gas was never used and demonstrators were given ample warning to disperse — a legal requirement before police move to clear a crowd.

Just before noon on June 1, the Defense Department’s top military police officer in the Washington region sent an email to officers in the D.C. National Guard. It asked whether the unit had a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) or a microwave-like weapon called the Active Denial System, which was designed by the military to make people feel like their skin is burning when in range of its invisible rays. The technology, also called a “heat ray,” was developed to disperse large crowds in the early 2000s but was shelved amid concerns about its effectiveness, safety and the ethics of using it on human beings. Pentagon officials were reluctant to use the device in Iraq. In late 2018, the New York Times reported, the Trump administration had weighed using the device on migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border — an idea shot down by Kirstjen Nielsen, then the Homeland Security secretary, citing humanitarian concerns. DeMarco first appeared before lawmakers on the House Natural Resources Committee in late July but followed up at the end of August with more specific answers to legislators’ questions about munitions and equipment used by law enforcement. He told lawmakers he felt compelled to come forward as a witness because he found the events at Lafayette Square “deeply disturbing.”

The Trump Deep State contemplated using a microwave "heat ray" weapon on peaceful protesting American citizens at Lafayette Square, D.C.

US Military Joint Chief of Staff head General Mark Milley said he never heard any order to disperse and the protest in Lafayette Square was peaceful.

The military/DHS refrained from using the "heat ray" weapon in Iraq and at the Mexico border, but if one had been available close to Washington, D.C. on June 1, Barr wouldn't have hesitated.
 

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I'm just amazed that US citizens seem to be indifferent about these things.

Americans will get the government they deserve in November.
 

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Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought ‘heat ray’ device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says

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The Trump Deep State contemplated using a microwave "heat ray" weapon on peaceful protesting American citizens at Lafayette Square, D.C.

US Military Joint Chief of Staff head General Mark Milley said he never heard any order to disperse and the protest in Lafayette Square was peaceful.

The military/DHS refrained from using the "heat ray" weapon in Iraq and at the Mexico border, but if one had been available close to Washington, D.C. on June 1, Barr wouldn't have hesitated.

The moment the "peaceful" protesters disobeyed an order to disperse...and that order WAS given...they ceased to be peaceful protesters.

I would have used the heat ray. It's effective and non-lethal. Better than tear gas.

 
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The moment the "peaceful" protesters disobeyed an order to disperse...and that order WAS given...they ceased to be peaceful protesters.

General Milley said he heard no disperse order given. Or if it was, it was certainly not audible to the crowd.

I'll take General Milley's testimony over that of the Trump administration every single time.
 

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General Milley said he heard no disperse order given. Or if it was, it was certainly not audible to the crowd.

I'll take General Milley's testimony over that of the Trump administration every single time.

He wasn't around when the order was given.
 
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