excerts: (note: try 'if it doesn't show'--it's the same link ==== http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/ptech/03/03/sonic.weapon.ap/index.html [Broken] NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. soldiers in Iraq have new gear for dispersing hostile crowds and warding off potential enemy combatants. It blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam. The equipment, called a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, is a so-called "non-lethal weapon" developed after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships. Some of the Iraq-bound devices will be used by members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, both recently deployed to the western province of Al Anbar, a largely barren, predominantly Sunni Muslim area. Dubbed "The Sound of Force Protection" in a company brochure, the devices can broadcast sound files containing warning messages. Or they can be used with electronic translating devices for what amounts to "narrowcasting." Another such weapon, expected to be tested in the field soon, is the Active Denial System. It seeks to repel enemies with a painful energy beam. ===== they should try 'infrasound' huh?-nobody'd hear it-nobody'd know what was happenin'.....although something like the Beatles might 'calm' everyone down too.... (note me though-preferred the Stones ----- add: (anybody ever hear the 'Cheesits'-they're good! sound a little like the Chipmonks-squeaky high voices) anyway: Active Denial System. It seeks to repel enemies with a painful energy beam. what the heck next!