A leaked document from the Pentagon is making its rounds among Occupy members interested in developing countermeasures against a variety of riot weapons, which could possibly deployed against protesters during the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
“The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have train in riot tactics and are expected to use a variety of weapons against protesters, among them are tear gas, rubber bullets, CS gas, stun guns…etc.”, says Andy Moore of Charlotte, a civilian expert in riot gear and tactics.
Moore is acting as a consultant for members of the Occupy Charlotte group. “You have to anticipate what the police may use. This is vital to the effort to stay one step ahead of them.” He said.
Among the Occupy Charlotte members are a group of dedicated professionals in the field of security and law enforcement who are helping elements of the group develop countermeasures.
NON LETHAL WEAPONS
I received a copy of the leaked document, called: Non lethal Weapons Reference Book”, published by “ Joint Non Lethal Weapons Directorate” which I shared with a friend at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Charlotte, N.C. who wished not to be named in this article, remarked that he was “unaware” of the existence of this “unclassified document”.
“I have never seen anything quite like this document before. My concern is that this document is clearly marked for ‘official use only’. We would be very interested who may have leaked it to the public”, the FBI official said.
This I found really interesting so I published it online on various websites, in addition to the ones it was already on. It’s my opinion the public has a right to know about this stuff (See copy of this secret document @ http://info.publicintelligence.net/DoD-NLW.pdf).
My FBI friend would however disagree. We have argued that point on many occasions.
According to him “secrecy” is important for national security, which is true only to an extent! Secrecy can also be used to undermine democracy. Secrecy is also the freedom tyrants dream of.
EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT?
“This document contains information exempt from mandatory disclosure under the “Freedom of Information Act,“
Exemptions 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(3) and (b)(4) apply.
DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT C: Distribution authorized to U.S. Government Agencies and their contractors to protect critical program information, 30 June 2011.
Other requests for this document shall be referred to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, Quantico, Virginia.”
Occupy Charlotte members are studying the document because of the fact that the likelihood that such non lethal weapons will be used by police and law enforcement here in the US.
“Although these experimental weapons are being developed through the military, they will most likely be used by police in civil disturbance situations, i.e. crowd control in a riot”, says William Bissinger, of Kent State University on a online discussion board.
some other devices described in the document:
– UAV, equipped with a microwave device that can cause malfunctions in the electrical system of ships.
– A system in whose range people feel unbearable heat that causes them involuntarily move to another location;
– Effecting human muscular system with electrical impulses;
– A portable system emitting powerful microwaves that can stop cars and other equipment at a distance;
The Pentagon insider “refused” to confirm nor deny the authenticity of the leaked document saying it is technically “classified and not meant for public viewing”.
With regard to non-lethal use of lasers and microwaves, the tests of a “microwave gun” started as far back as 2010 on convicted individuals in prisons – as a means to suppress riots. “This deals with rumors of unethical experiments conducted in the US on prisoners which are being investigated by various civilian groups”, says Markus Jones of Charlotte. The document may help identify the Department of Defense Contractors involved.”
“We are most interested in the Stingball grenades which could be used against Occupy protesters. These are particularly nasty devices, which could really hurt people”, says Arron Burns of Charlotte. “The cartridge consists of a fuse, a separating fuse body, a black powder separation charge, a pressed black powder delay, a bursting charge of flash powder, at least 100 rubber pellets, and a rubber grenade body. It can be hand thrown or launched from the 12 gauge launching cup.”, he said. This was confirmed by information in the report.
It is not known if the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have access to such devices or if they would think of using them on people they are “sworn to protect” remains to be seen.
“With the CMPD your never quite sure how far they will go. You have some real gung ho types in the police department who have a “us against them mentality”, says Roger Conrad of Charlotte. “We are having our friends within the department seeking a list of the types of equipment the CMPD will deploy against protesters. This is important we know this, if countermeasures are to be found we can use against that”, he said.
The city of Charlotte officials views the Occupy movement as a nuisance and some want to pass ordinances so it can make it easier to arrest people and infringe on their rights to lawfully protest… “For the most part the city has generally been unwilling to compromise with the Occupy Charlotte members, especially those who occupy the campsite. These folks have been under almost constant surveillance by the police and been the focus of most of the attention by the local media, which has sought to portray us as divided and confused. We are anything but that”, he said. The Occupy movement nationwide is here to stay and is growing in supporters every day”, he said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officials I talk to refused to discuss measures they may or may not use during the upcoming DNC convention. One officer said (off the record) “security will be super tight and riot police will be dispatched to handle protesters if they get out of line or seek to disrupt the event.”
Occupy Charlotte members say that is not their intention to disrupt the convention. “We want to exercise our rights – we will be heard. If the police come in and bash head and tear gas people, they will be sued by people”, says Mary Thompson-Smith of Charlotte. “All this could come back to bite the city in the butt, if they don’t control the police during the numerous planned protests that will go on during the DNC. The Occupy Charlotte group is just one such group. You will also have anti war activists, health care activists, civil rights protesters”, she said.
One thing is for sure, there is a lot of fear and mistrust of the police right now in Charlotte.
Some of this is unjustified, in my opinion.
When you compare the CMPD tolerance of Occupy Charlotte campers with that of the brutal tactics used by police in New York and Oakland – there is huge difference. With that being said it will be difficult to say what will happen when so many people converge upon the city of Charlotte for this event. The only sure thing is that the whole world will be watching!