We start out this week - election week in the USA - with a bang. I say "a bang" because my inbox this week was stuffed with numerous articles about one thing: electro-magnetic weapons and their uses. In fact, I was first tempted to blog about all of them, because they're all quite interesting (even the one spotted by M.W. that's now 16 years old!). I decided, however, to limit my attention to two of them that caught my eye, and reserve the others for today's tidbits.
One of the articles that constituted the "bang" this week, and the heavy concentration on electromagnetic "non-lethal" weapons was a strange and very short story in the Russian news service TASS that was spotted and shared by K.M. (to whom a big thank you). See if you spot what caught my eye (and no doubt, K.M.'s as well):
In fact, the article is so short, we can quote all of it:
MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Army engineers disrupted an enemy offensive by creating a magnetic field during drills in the Republic of Udmurtia in the Volga area, the press office of the Central Military District reported on Wednesday.
"Using the experience gained in the latest local conflicts and the possibilities of computer technologies, the combat engineers specifically created a magnetic field that was exerting force on electric charges and bodies. This made it possible to demoralize the enemy manpower and make it retreat," the press office said in a statement.
The military engineers also laid minefields, set up booby traps and artificial obstacles at the boundary of the enemy force’s deployment, which helped disrupt its offensive, the statement says.
The exercise involved over 600 troops, the press office said.
There you have it. During some sort of drill or wargame, the elements of the Russian army disrupted an "enemy's" offensive by laying mine fields, artificial obstacles and booby-traps. Pretty conventional stuff for wargames (and wars). But it's that opening line that gives me pause:
Army engineers disrupted an enemy offensive by creating a magnetic field during drills in the Republic of Udmurtia in the Volga area, the press office of the Central Military District reported on Wednesday. (Emphasis added)
Now of course, this is TASS, and it could be lying. But I think not in this case, because there are patents for all sorts of "non-lethal" weapons and mind manipulation weapons, many of them incorporating microwaves, sound, and so on, for "crowd control," by making things so excruciating for people's hearing or body (or both) that they simply turn and run away. Rumors abound that such weapons were deployed to Iraq by the US military during Bush the Stupid's invasion of that country after 9/11. The concepts and technology are there, and the Russians would certainly have no difficulty creating their own versions of them since they've been involved in research in that field since the Soviet era.
What intrigues me here is the mention of a new modality of "disrupting an enemy's offensive" by the creation of a "magnetic field" (again, assuming it's magnetic and not some other phenomenon, like a strong pattern of microwave beam mixing in an area, which could produce some strong localized magnetic effects). How would this create a disruption? Well, I can think of at least two possibilities in today's high octane speculation. The first is a magnetic field strong enough to interfere with equipment functioning, and even a human's ability to think and coordinate his body physically. All living things are to some degree bio-electrical beings, so this would seem to be a rather obvious possibility. But there's a second possibility, and I think it's more interesting, though in my opinion it would require much more power to operate - difficult under battlefield conditions - and require some rather fancy physics and technicians. What if a field was established that would literally push against an advancing force. Imagine walking along, for example, then suddenly feeling pin-pricks all over your body, and an unusual sense not only of confusion but of pressure, as if you were pushing against something. The further you would continue in that direction, the more the pressure and prickling sensations would increase, requiring you to exert more effort, until the sensations (and effort) become too much to handle, and you simply turn around and go back the way you came... with the sensations diminishing as you do so.
So with that in mind take a look at a second article shared by K.S. (and again, thank you for finding and sharing the story) about the Pentagram and 5G:
It's that last little statement, taking in conjunction with the TASS article, that caught my eye:
In a statement to C4ISRNET on Wednesday, Pentagon spokesperson Russ Goemaere said “No, DOD does not intend to own and operate a national 5G network.” Rather, he said, the DoD needs to better understand how dynamic spectrum sharing can support training, readiness and lethality in the contiguous United States. (Emphasis added)
Oh really! You don't say... 5G supporting lethality? Supporting lethality for what? And against whom?
See you on the flip side...