A senior military policeman at the DC Area Department of Defense has questioned whether the National Guard had access to a military heat radiation mechanism that could disperse protesters outside the White House on June 1.
Documents received from whistleblower Maj. Adam DeMarco of the DC National Guard indicate that the Provost Marshal of the Joint Force Headquarters in the National Capital Region copied it in an email and looked for a long-range acoustic device called LRAD and a Active inquired about Denial System (ADS), NPR reported.
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The ADS is a controversial device, developed by the military 20 years ago, that warms human skin as soon as it comes in direct contact with it, immediately causing people to flee an area.
The mechanism is designed to disperse crowds or targets without the use of lethal force, NPR reported.
“ADS can provide our forces with an ability they do not currently have to reach and attack potential enemies at distances far beyond the reach of small arms in a safe, effective and non-lethal manner,”
“The effect is overwhelming and leads to an immediate defensive reaction on the part of the target person,” says the email.
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DeMarco, who has sought whistleblower protection, said that “the DC National Guard did not have an LRAD or ADS,” which is why none were used against demonstrators.
The email DeMarco was copied to was sent the same day tear gas and smoke grenades were used on protesters near the White House, before President Trump with a Bible outside St. John’s Episcopal Church in the 16th Street posed in the area that has since been called Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The recent protests have not been the first time government officials have considered using the ADS device outside of the military.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly suggested deterring migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border using the devices during a meeting with then Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the New York Times reported.
But Nielsen “would not approve the use of such a device,” insisting that “it should never be brought up in their presence,” an aide said, according to the Times.
Fox News was unable to immediately reach Joint Force National Capital Region headquarters for comment.