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The Department of Homeland Security has solicited a proposal from a Canadian security company to develop a stun bracelet.


By Thomas Claburn
InformationWeek
July 8, 2008 03:20 PM


In order to enhance the security of air travel and to help manage illegal immigration, the Department of Homeland Security has solicited a proposal from a Canadian security company to develop a passenger stun bracelet.
Like the pain collars featured in the classic Star Trek episode The Gamesters of Triskelion, Lamperd Less Lethal's electro-muscular disruption (EMD) bracelet is intended to incapacitate wearers on remote command.

http://www.lamperdlesslethal.com/
A video at the Lampred Less Lethal Web site explains that the bracelet will obviate the need for a plane ticket and will help make passengers and baggage trackable while traveling. It also explains that the bracelet will provide in-flight security.
"By further equipping the bracelet with EMD technology, the bracelets will allow crew members, using radio frequency transmitters, to quickly and effective subdue hijackers," the video explains. "The electro-muscular disruption signal overrides the attacker's central nervous system and will render even the most elite and aggressive terrorist completely immobile for several minutes."

As reported by The Washington Times, Lamperd's Web site hosts a copy of a letter from Paul S. Ruwaldt, an official with the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, expressing interest in the bracelet.

Ruwaldt did not immediately respond to a request to verify the authenticity of the undated letter or to comment on the Department of Homeland Security's apparent interest in the Lamperd Less Lethal bracelet. The Transportation Security Agency also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"In discussions with my colleagues and immediate superior, we find your ideas have merit and believe it would be of great help on the borders, and indeed for anywhere else, for which the temporarily [sic] restraint of large numbers of individuals in open area environments by a small number of agents or Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs)," the letter says, citing a meeting on July 18, 2006. "We see the potential uses to include prisoner transportation, detainee control, and military security forces might have some interest. In addition, it is conceivable to envision a use to improve air security, on passenger planes."

The letter concludes by asking for a written proposal.

Barry Lamperd, president and CEO of Lamperd Less Lethal, said that his company had been contracted to manufacture the bracelet by its inventor, Per Hahne, who was currently seeking funding for the device.

A 2003 patent assigned to co-inventors Per Hahne and Ray Wark describes a similar concept, a belt designed to administer a disabling electric shock to air travelers.

The patent details "[a] method of providing air travel security for passengers traveling via an aircraft comprises situating a remotely activatable electric shock device on each of the passengers in position to deliver a disabling electrical shock when activated."

Reached on a cell phone in his car, Hahne said he came up with the idea after the 9/11 terrorist attack, an event also cited in the patent description. "I like to call it the next generation of Taser," he said, "theirs being a one-shot deal and mine being a multiple-shot deal."

Given the 9/11 scenario of airplane pilots grappling with attackers, Hahne said, "It was always my opinion that a pilot should not be engaged in armed combat while flying an aircraft."

Because there simply aren't enough air marshals to defend every flight, Hahne envisioned a way to empower air crews to better defend their planes. "My thought was to devise an instrument to allow every flight segment to be covered and to use the air crew as air marshals," he said.

Anticipating questions about passenger willingness to don a shock bracelet, Hahne was quick to defend the idea. "When people say they're not going to wear one, they need to be made aware that the bracelets are totally inert until the flight is airborne and the flight crew determines an attack is underway," he said.


-At least Canada benefits from this...LOL
 

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Seems pretty far fetched to me in all honesty. Like, do you need one if flying INTO the US? Or just out of the US? Or within?

Who says a flight from Egypt to Toronto cannot get jacked and fly into the states?

Seems like a lot of hoops to jump through for one Company to make money (which is all that this is about..and every other dumb fuck law)

They dont give a fuck about your safety..they sell guns at Walmart.
 

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here"s the BIG problem... some dumb fuck stewardes would PANIC,, now I said PANIC,,, in the event of a threat or attack. and shock EVERY MOTHERFUCKER on the plane !!!!!!!
[ before they attempted to hi jack},,REAL terorrists would come up with the ability to control the bracelets !!!!! then subdue the whole crew,, with NO fight !!!! WTF was this dumbass :-KFCDthinking!!!!!
 

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whats the "remote control shock transmitter" lookin like ? a scientific calculator. HAHA how many idiots are going to know who is who, or what button to push to shock the right person ? or is it a single button opperation, mass destruct, everyone gets a jolt
 

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Since you felt the need to post the same question twice, repeating my response from before:

If you've read any of Jeffrey White's other articles he tends to be very anti-airline, anti-government, etc. so please keep that in mind when reading this article.

After reading this response from the company that designed the bracelet, I actually wouldn't mind the bracelet at all.

Quoted from source:
"The bracelets remain inactive until a hijacking situation has been identified. At such time a designated crew member will activate the bracelets making them capable of delivering the punitive measure - but only to those that need to be restrained. We believe that all passengers will welcome deliverance from a hijacking, as will the families, carriers, insurance providers etc. The F-16 on the wing-tip is not to reassure the passengers during a hijacking, but rather to shoot them down. Besides activation using the grid screen, the steward / stewardess will have a laser activator that can activate any bracelet as needed by simply pointing the laser at the bracelet - that laser dot only needs to be within 10 inches of the bracelet to activate it."

As clearly stated there, the bracelets are inactive until a hijacking situation has been identified. So for all the anti-government, paranoid super-liberals out there screaming about accidental activation: You can stop now. I know loads of people will be protesting because "big brother" is monitoring them on the plane through these bracelets but the fact of the matter is: If you're not doing anything wrong, what's the big deal?

Personally if I'm on a plane I'd feel a lot safer knowing that in the case of a terrorist threat, there is a security measure in place to take the terrorist down other than an F-16 shooting the plane down. The fact that the bracelet is able to monitor the whereabouts of both you and your luggage after check-in is just a fringe benefit to me. One less boarding pass to get lost and less of a chance of my luggage going missing.

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