Discovery Channel presents ***RIOT CONTROL***greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Time here is now 9pm Sunday. I just watched a very interesting and coincidentally timed documentary on "riot control" measures by Police. They covered all the various methods, including ULF (Ultra-Low Frequency), projectile nets for individuals, etc., etc. Quite the presentation indeed.
I watch Discovery quite often, but don't recall this particular one being previewed before. Must be new on the air. And the timing is simply impeccable. Hmm. Do ya think somebody might be worried ???
-- Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 05, 1999
Wow! Another preview. Filmed ahead of time -- how handy.
-- don't like the smell of that (email@example.com), December 05, 1999.
They've done shows on that topic several times in the past. I didn't see this particlular one so I don't know if its the same show, but the topic is nothing new.
-- biker (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 05, 1999.
Yeah, I just caught that one. Veerrryy interesting, no? Looks like much of the stuff that's been discussed here (low-freq sound waves, stun lights, etc.) is really for real. Whooda guessed??
Still, none of the gizmos I saw would stop a bullet fired from a rifle 100yds away. It was all "up close and personal" type stuff.
-- TECH32 (TECH32@NOMAIL.COM), December 05, 1999.
this episode has been on before, months ago. BTW don't judge cops until you live in thier shoes. and no i didn't care for what happened to nonviolent protesters in seatle
-- (email@example.com), December 06, 1999.
I watched the show. Not worth much.
All the "wonder weapons" are in "Research & Development" or "Prototype Trials", etc. They are useless until every riot squad in every city has one, plus spares, plus training.
I liked it at the end when the cop said "what we need is a Star Trek Phaser"
The Phaser will never be built, I hope!!, Why, because like guns and anything else, it would be such a wonderful tool for the criminal.
A girl walks past a van in a mall parking lot. BZZZZ, she wakes up with AIDS and pregnant. A black kid walks past a van on the street, BZZZ he wakes up with KKK carved on his forehead. A jewelry merchant is going to get his rent-a-car at the airport, BZZZZ, $3,000,000 in diamonds missing. and on and on and on.
In the '50's and early '60's the cops used sticks, tear gas and guns on those evil hippies, war protestors, and black civil rights marchers. When middle class white kids were killed at Kent State, a hue and cry went up, "We have to find something better". Research contracts were issued, lots of money was spent.
When it was time to go in Seattle, what did the cops have?, sticks, tear gas and bullet guns.
35 years and they haven't got anything new.
-- woody (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 06, 1999.
Actually they also used rubber bullets, stun grenades, tear gas pellets from air guns and bean-bags from shotguns. The last three at least are fairly new and *were* demonstrated on the Discovery channel show.
-- TECH32 (TECH32@NOMAIL.COM), December 06, 1999.