I’m swiping this video from Noah Shachtman so I purposely won’t give you background on it in order to make you read his post. This isn’t just war porn, folks; this is a weapon that’s available — now — and which the Marines in Iraq say they need — now. And they may not get it for fear of enraging the perpetually enraged on both sides of the pond.

I confess, I don’t quite grasp the huge tactical advantage they’ll receive from what looks to be a crowd-control weapon, but I’ve said too much already. Take it away, Noah.

Exit question: Is there an even more chilling, more completely awesome stun beam in the works than this? Friends, there is.