Archive for the 'Arms trade (less lethal weapons)' Category

BRAZIL – Apesar de críticas, PM fez curso para controlar massas antes de atos no RJ [Despite criticism, Rio military police are still learning how to control demonstrators – including the use of tasers] (2013-08-27)

Posted on August 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (Edited translation from Portuguese; the original text appears below the translation, in italics. A long post. The Rio de Janerio military police are undergoing $7.7 million training in non-lerthal weapons in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, particularly “Crowd Control and Civil Disorders”, taught by Spanish officers, including tasers – […]

USA – Okay, Oklahoma town trustee who was Tasered while ‘high’ wants police chief’s ouster (2012-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case opf shooting the horse that feeds you? – Okay Police Chief Fred Winters used a Taser on Town Councillor Fernand “Paco” Frye, 39, early Sept. 5 after responding to a report that Frye was shouting in his back yard and had overdosed on drugs, an arrest report says. Mr Frye […]

MALAYSIA – Stun-guns (taser-equivalents) are readily available on sale in Kuala Lumpur (2011-09-09)

Posted on September 9 2011 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A detailed report showing how easy it is to purchase and get hold of “tasers” (generic term) from traders, Note these are not genuine tasers (“(Taser is a well-known brand name in the United States which is used by the American police)”) DANGEROUS weapons and drugs are readily available to […]

THAILAND / USA – Multilateral non-lethal seminar begins in Thailand (2011-06-09)

Posted on July 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS : The US military – typically the Marines –  acts as a proxy salesman for TASER Inc. in many countries, introducing and encourageing adoption of the taser by military (and police) forces. In this case “a demonstration of non-lethal techniques taught during the U.S.-Thai bilateral training of Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar (NOLES) 2011.” […]

THAILAND – US, Thai militaries begin non-lethal training (2011-06-01)

Posted on June 2 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : US Marines and Special Operations units provide training to Thai police and military in use of tasers and other non-lethal weapons, starting May 30, ‘strengthening military-to-military ties’ …]] Defense Video and Imagery Distribution Systems (DVIDS), Story by Sgt. Heather BrewerSmall III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs Marines and sailors with Special […]

INDIA – Meet the World’s Largest Weapons Importer [the shopping list including tasers]” (2011-05-28)

Posted on May 28 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Excerpts from a long article which describes how India is becoming a major purchaser of arms of all kinds – including for internal security and including tasers – for crowd control in the North and North-East where protests have intensified over the last four years]] CounterPunch, by YASMIN QURESHI India is today […]

USA – Karbon Arms: the “MPID”, an Alternative to the Taser (2011-05-09) – and TASER Inc. fires back (2011-05-18)

Posted on May 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On a website called “”, we read of a new stungun which could compete with taser for the police market (manufactured by Karbon Arms, which purchased Stinger Systems that had effectively been put out of business by TASER Inc. A police officer, “Randall”, describes its features … but see below: TASER Inc. […]

TASER Inc. – Taser lands video, stun gun deals (2011-03-27)

Posted on March 30 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER Inc. announce sale of the Axon/ system to 3 relatively small US police units. More interestingly for us, the report (from a TASER press release) says at the end: “Taser also reported that it has sold 25,050 cartridges for its X26 stun gun. Financial information was not released, nor was […]

USA – “Why Police Officers Get Taser Training Before They Use Them.” (2011-03-25)

Posted on March 25 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Author, Jack Krohn, owns ” Security Solutions””, an Internet business specializing in self-defense products such as stun guns. In this ezine article he presents the argument for training the police in using tasers for self defense. He repeats the TASER Inc. mantra: “It has been proven time and time again to be […]

USA – “Shocking development”: Projectile Taser cartridge made with 56 micromolded parts, 20 molds, and on-target collaboration (2011-02-15)

Posted on March 7 2011 by admin

[[GlobalShock: an article from the technical review “Plastics Today” (focusing in plastics moldings) on ICON’s supply of plastics to TASER Inc. for the new XREP cartridges: “It packs twice as much power and has four times the range of standard Taser guns,” says ICON President. “The XREP projectile generates NMI for 20 continuous seconds, according […]

USA – Security Products, Self Defense Weapons [A Taser seller’s Internet advertisement] (uploaded 2011-01-29)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: For many outside the United Sates, it is hard to understand, but necessary to recognize the “protect-yourselcf” discourse felt by so many Americans. Gu-sellers exploit this, but they did’t invent it: “There are thousands of reasons as to why every one should learn about self defense and how to use self defense […]

EGYPT – Army ‘involved in detentions and torture’ [including using tasers] (2011-02-09)

Posted on February 9 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “They started beating me up in the street their rubber batons and an electric Taser gun, shocking me,” an activist told journalists … The taser was clearly just one weapon in this horrendous “army riot”. Its mention, however, is surprising, since GlobalShock had no previous information about Egypt acquiring tasers. This raises […]

GLOBAL / AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: The torture trade spreads while governments fail to act (2001-02-26)

Posted on February 6 2001 by admin

[[GlobalShock: Amnesty International (AI) issued a first report on the dangers of international trade in less-lethal weapons – “Stopping the Torture Trade” already in 2001. Tasers were already identified as at the core of this global human rights problem and feature strongly in this report altho TASER Inc. had yet to attain its hegemony on […]