Awesome: Military now able to project disembodied voices long distances

posted at 6:51 pm on December 17, 2007 by Allahpundit

WaPo wrote about a weapon like this earlier this year in a story about people convinced that the government is beaming voices into their brains. The punchline: The technology to do that exists. Even freakier, potentially, is what StrategyPage has cooking today. Which would be worse? Hearing a disembodied voice no one else could hear and knowing that it meant you were probably mentally ill? Or hearing a disembodied voice that the person standing next to year could also hear and having no explanation whatsoever for it?

Dude:

LRAD is basically a focused beam of sound. Originally, it was designed to emit a very loud sound. Anyone whose head was touched by this beam, heard a painfully loud sound. Anyone standing next to them heard nothing. But those hit by the beam promptly fled, or fell to the ground in pain… LRAD can also broadcast speech for up to 300 meters. The navy planned to use LRAD to warn ships to get out of the way. This was needed in places like the crowded coastal waters of the northern Persian Gulf, where the navy patrols. Many small fishing and cargo boats ply these waters, and it’s often hard to get the attention of the crews. With LRAD, you just aim it at a member of the crew, and have an interpreter “speak” to the sailor. It was noted that the guy on the receiving end was sometimes terrified, even after he realized it was that large American destroyer that was talking to him. This apparently gave the army guys some ideas, for there are now rumors in Iraq of a devilish American weapon that makes people believe they are hearing voices in their heads.

This made more sense when an American advertising firm recently used an LRAD unit to support a media campaign for a new TV show. LRAD was pointed at a sidewalk in Manhattan, below the billboard featuring the new show. LRAD broadcast a female voice providing teaser lines from the show. The effect was startling, and a bit scary for many who passed through the LRAD beam. It appears that some of the troops in Iraq are using “spoken” (as opposed to “screeching”) LRAD to mess with enemy fighters.

Yeah, but how long will that work before they figure it out? Diminishing returns is the problem with all these psychological weapons.

Still an irresistible scenario, though, especially to the atheist sensibility. “Are you there, Muqtada? It’s me, Allah.”

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Pablo on December 17, 2007 at 6:58 PM

Still an irresistible scenario, though, especially to the atheist sensibility. “Are you there, Muqtada? It’s me, Allah.”

BWAHAHAHAHA!

“No, Achmed, not here in the market; turn around, go out to the edge of town, then pull the cord and blow yourself up!”

Frozen Tex on December 17, 2007 at 6:59 PM

It should have a button on it that makes it say “Go across the street, I’ll cover you!” in Arabic.

pedestrian on December 17, 2007 at 7:01 PM

No! No! No! “Are you there Julie Banderas, its me Allah…”

Zetterson on December 17, 2007 at 7:09 PM

Ah, Yes. Phlem??

Mazztek on December 17, 2007 at 7:13 PM

That picture cracks me up EVERY time!

SouthernGent on December 17, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Love the picture on the front page.

mram on December 17, 2007 at 7:18 PM

Breaking News

Reid is pulling the FISA bill until next year due to the number of other bills that need to get done now.

CommentGuy on December 17, 2007 at 7:34 PM

“Achmed, this is Jesus … Listen to Me, Muhammed is a false prophet, seduced by Satan, Allah is a false god. The god of the Jews is the TRUE God. Achmed, you must not kill your fellow man, you must not beat your wife, you must not marry children, you must not mutilate female genitalia, you must not … wow, this could go on forever … you must not …”

Tony737 on December 17, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Now I know why I was compelled to buy that I-Phone.

conservnut on December 17, 2007 at 7:36 PM

“Oh, and Muqtada? From now on, stop playing with yourself.”

Mark V. on December 17, 2007 at 7:38 PM

This is how they’re marketing the new Britney Spears single. Run all you like. It will find you.

Jim Treacher on December 17, 2007 at 7:45 PM

Well, at least this explains troothers.

drjohn on December 17, 2007 at 7:45 PM

Oh boy, could I have some fun with that! There’s a nutcase here at the condo who’s convinced that the president (me) is ‘controlling the people who live here’ with noises from the mechanical room in the basement.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 17, 2007 at 7:46 PM

Reminds me of the bit from Real Genius when Mitch was projecting his voice into Kent’s head pretending to be God.

Queasy on December 17, 2007 at 8:11 PM

Years of experimentation on Dennis Kucinich have finally paid off.

AmericanDad on December 17, 2007 at 8:17 PM

Well whoever is doing this is an idiot. Those numbers I play each Wednesday and Saturday still haven’t paid off.

Limerick on December 17, 2007 at 8:19 PM

kent, this is god…stop touching yourself.”

jummy on December 17, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Limerick on December 17, 2007 at 8:19 PM

dammit!

jummy on December 17, 2007 at 8:22 PM

oops, i mean queasy.

jummy on December 17, 2007 at 8:23 PM

I love these new weapons. Let’s use them, a lot.

Zorro on December 17, 2007 at 8:58 PM

The Naval Coastal Warfare sailors I’ve talked to want the LRAD to help fishermen un-ass their heads when they wander towards restricted zones. You would not believe how much paperwork goes into a warning shot incident. If we can cut down on the number of 7.62mm wake-up calls, it will do a lot of good.

I am less convinced that this will significantly reduce the accuracy of jihadi’s because of the high drug use. It might make their stress meter go to 11, rendering them even less effective when they are trying to ram and detonate.

Patrick_Lasswell on December 17, 2007 at 9:00 PM

This was recently used in New York to promote a show and someone went off and stole the unit off of the top of a building. So…we can expect the enemy to be doing this now to our own guys. The art of illusion is a dangerous thing.

johnnyU on December 17, 2007 at 9:07 PM

“Osama, this is Allah. My faithful servant, you have sent many noble martyrs to do my bidding, for which I am well pleased, so now is the time for you to receive your reward. Put on the suicide vest and await my further instructions….”

Bigfoot on December 17, 2007 at 9:09 PM

“I am the God of hell fire, and I bring you….fire!”

Captain America on December 17, 2007 at 9:27 PM

No comment.

major john on December 17, 2007 at 10:14 PM

major john on December 17, 2007 at 10:14 PM

LOL…me thinks I understand. Thumbs up.

Limerick on December 17, 2007 at 10:35 PM

RedWinged Blackbird on December 17, 2007 at 7:46 PM

You don’t need LRAD. You need a gun.

TexasDan on December 18, 2007 at 12:49 AM

LRAD was invented by a friend of mine and my wife, Woody Norris of Poway, CA. The LRAD has been used by the military in Iraq and elsewhere to bring the bad guys to their knees in seconds. It’s the same device used by cruise ships which have turned away pirates off the African coast. You’d have to experience it closeup to appreciate how effective it is. Another invention not yet public is his flat panel speakers which project hi-fidelity sound from any solid surface on an adjustable beam so narrow two people standing side by side only one can hear it.

They really are amazing inventions you’ll begin to hear more of in a short time. He has only recently contracted with the DOD for large scale production.

stacman on December 18, 2007 at 12:55 AM

Yeah, but how long will that work before they figure it out?

Well when the media reports on its use, not long. We better start taking this war more serious.

free on December 18, 2007 at 1:36 AM

“Achmed, this is Jesus … Listen to Me, Muhammed is a false prophet, seduced by Satan, Allah is a false god. The god of the Jews is the TRUE God. Achmed, you must not kill your fellow man, you must not beat your wife, you must not marry children, you must not mutilate female genitalia, you must not … wow, this could go on forever … you must not …”

Tony737 on December 17, 2007 at 7:36 PM

And when he finds out that it was not, after all, the prophet Isa, but Tony737…?

Tzetzes on December 18, 2007 at 1:53 AM

Read somewhere that this will be used for advertising purposes.

Kevin M on December 18, 2007 at 3:27 AM

I don’t know why this is considered so special… Rap music makes me want to kill myself!

Bob on December 18, 2007 at 6:13 AM

Read somewhere that this will be used for advertising purposes.

Kevin M on December 18, 2007 at 3:27 AM

Thats my worry – can you imagine a world full of commercials that we just CAN NOT get away from!
/shudder

Keli on December 18, 2007 at 8:03 AM

“Are you there, Muqtada? It’s me, Allah.”

!! love that

bridgetown on December 18, 2007 at 8:52 AM

Though I must ask this question. Will it work on a deaf person?

:)

I’m surprised that Allah hasn’t talked about one good psychology campaign conducted during the Gulf war.

The Associated Press reported on April 23 that U.S. troops were blasting AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” and other rock music full volume from a huge speaker, hoping to grate on the nerves of enemy gunmen.

Unable to advance farther into the city, an Army psychological operations team attached to the Marine battalion here sends out messages from a loudspeaker mounted on a Humvee. Among the selections blasted was Jimi Hendrix.

They’ve also used the loudspeaker to shout insults at the enemy in Arabic, including “You shoot like a goatherd,” in an effort to provoke them into attacking. Other messages included taunts like, “May all the ambulances in Fallujah have enough fuel to pick up the bodies of the mujahadeen.” The message was timed for an attack moments later by an AC-130 gunship that pounded targets in the city.

When the firing stopped, they played sound effects of babies crying, men screaming, a symphony of cats and barking dogs and piercing screeches.

http://www.psywarrior.com/OpnIraqiFreedomcont3.html

Kokonut on December 18, 2007 at 12:22 PM