Want Some Torture With Your Peanuts?

Jeffrey Denning

A senior government official with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to a police Taser.

According to a promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers. This bracelet would take the place of an airline boarding pass; contain personal information about the traveler; be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage and shock the wearer on command— completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes.

The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it is called, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”

In a letter from DHS official, Paul S. Ruwaldt of the Science and Technology Directorate, office of Research and Development, addressed to the inventor of the device with whom he had previously met, Ruwaldt wrote, “To make it clear, [the federal government is] interested in…the immobilizing security bracelet, and we look forward to a written proposal.”

According to the same aforementioned letter from Mr. Ruwaldt, not only could it be used as a physical restraining device, but also as a method of interrogation.

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