Raytheon's Pain Ray: Coming to a Protest Near You?


This is a bit frightening…an invisible ray that boils the skin producing a burning sensation?! The things people invent…

That being said, as awful as it feels to type this, maybe this is a “good” thing depending on how you look at it. Could this “save” lives, in that violent mobs of people may no longer need to be dispersed with bombs and bullets?

The danger is of course in the title of the article…could this machine be used to disperse nonviolent resisters?

How to use this article with your students…


Objective:  Students will be able to:

  • Debate the use of force in dispersing demonstrators (violent or nonviolent)
  • Debate the difference between violent and nonviolent resistance
  • Discuss the Eisenhower’s concept of the “military industrial complex”

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