Archive for the 'Counter-insurgency' Category

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 […]

USA – Military – Germany – US Military Taser training (2011-03-23)

Posted on March 23 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: ]] “Having only seconds to take down and apprehend an individual can be intense.” – the “split-second decision-making argument! – “SSgt Michael Garza takes us to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where security forces are training with an alternative apprehension device that saves lives on both sides.” The taser incpacitastes a person for […]

ANTIGUA – Ashland City, Tennessee, native takes part in military training [tasers used in joint US-Caribbean military exercise] (2011-03-15)

Posted on March 15 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Through a local Tennessee paper, we hear of a joint-exercise involving in Antigua: Exercise Tradewinds 2011, involving US Marines and Caribbean forces in which taser volunteering is part of the action. An ideal opportunity to “pass the taser message along”? Not easy to see the relevance of tasers in ” the need […]

YEMEN – Rising toll of dead and injured in anti-government protests … (2011-03-14)

Posted on March 14 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Information released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – not the official UN position – mentions ” … Rabie’ Al-Zuraiqi , a 23-year-old protest organizer said he had been injured three times since the clashes began almost three weeks ago. He said he had been hit by rocks, […]

INDIA – Gangtok, Sikkim province: proposal to purchase taser guns (2011-03-09)

Posted on March 9 2011 by admin

[[summary / comments: Gangtok is the capital and largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. “The cabinet approval and sanctioned the proposal seeking approval and sanction of Rs.22.89 lakhs for purchase of Taser Guns with Cartridges under the scheme for Modernization of State Police Forces (100% CSS) during the current financial year..”]] HOME DEPARTMENT […]

YEMEN – Human Rights Watch: “Don’t use tasers on peaceful protesters!” – Interior Ministry Deploys Armed Paramilitaries to Stop Student Protest (2011-02-13)

Posted on February 13 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS:  Students and other protesters, calling for democracy,  are being tasered on the streets of Sanaa by Yemeni security forces and para-militaries. (See article on Egypt, a week earlier.) “[Security forces] attacked two demonstrators with electroshock tasers, witnesses told Human Rights Watch. Mizar Baggash Ghanem, a student leader at Sanaa University, told Human […]

EGYPT – Q&A With Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera English’s Correspondent in Cairo (2011-02-11)

Posted on February 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a long article which we reproduce in its entirety. The section concerning tasers is in bold, about halof way through: “I saw an Egyptian solider who had a taser gun. He was igniting the taser gun into the face of the people to try to intimidate them. It was a bit of […]

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 […]

AFGHANISTAN – 2-star supports more use of nonlethal weapons (2011-02-02)

Posted on February 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Marine commander says “nonlethal weapons could prevent civilian casualties and give Marines and soldiers the ability to better confront situations in which it isn’t clear whether lethal force is necessary”. Fine, BUT the experience is consistent: tasers escalate violence in crowd-control situations and are NOT an alternative to “lethal  force”. Particularly worrying: […]

COLOMBIA & BRAZIL – TASER International announced this year exports of its electronic control devices “tasers” to Brazil and Colombia (2010-10-28)

Posted on October 28 2010 by admin

(Note: This information is dated 2010-10-08; not available on taser.com site) TASER International announced this year exports of its electronic control devices “tasers” to Brazil and Colombia. TASER Intl received and shipped an order of 2,250 ADVANCED TASER(R) M26(TM) Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) and related accessories to the Brazilian Ministry of Justice. In regard to […]

TASER Inc. – The “shockwave” system (downloaded from taser.com 2010-10-16)

Posted on October 16 2010 by admin

TASER INTERNATIONAL site Overview The TASER® Shockwave™ system is designed as a fully modular system, allowing the end user complete flexibility to deploy as needed to achieve the desired objective. Multiple TASER Shockwave units can be stacked together either horizontally in order to extend area coverage, or vertically to allow multiple salvo engagements; or daisy […]

INDIA – Killing ’em softly – non-lethal weapons for controling protesters (2010-07-03)

Posted on July 3 2010 by admin

Times of India, Praveen Dass … NLWs,however futuristic,will always come with considerable risks attached.Tasers,electro-shock devices that are now a fairly common feature of law enforcement in the West,are one cautionary example.Many suspects have been inadvertently ‘tasered’ into cardiac arrest in several instances in the US and Canada over the last decade. Apart from the politics […]

IRAQ-AFGHANISTAN – RAND Corp. Report on military « underkill » and taser appropriateness (2009)

Posted on December 31 2009 by admin

“Electric-shock tasers are useful only at short range against small numbers of individuals, are not scalable, and can cause pain.” The taser doiesn’t pass the “rock-throwing distance”— about 100 metres, the range a weapon must have to afford the user protection against rock-throwers.

IRAQ – Al-Qaida-linked inmates bust out of Iraq prison (2009-09-24)

Posted on September 24 2009 by admin

Associated Press, by Qassim Abdul-Zahra … Note the key paragraph below: “American commanders are currently training Iraqi detention teams on inmate control techniques, such as handling riots and using non-lethal weapons such as Tasers. But conditions in Iraqi prisons have been the subject of repeated condemnations from right groups, such as Amnesty International.” (in bold […]

USA – RAND Corporation: “Underkill: Scalable Capabilitiesfor military operations amid populations (downloaded 2009-06-06)

Posted on June 6 2009 by admin

Published 2009 by the RAND Corporation … URL: http://www.rand.org EXCERPT ON TASERS, CHAPTER 5, P .86-97 … A taser typically uses a replaceable cartridge containing a compressed nitrogen propulsion system to deploy two small probes that are attached to the taser by insulated wires. The taser transmits electrical impulses through these wires into the remote […]

IRAQ – Jailed 2 Years, Iraqi Tells of Abuse by Americans (2007-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2007 by admin


IRAQ – US Military Wants More, Better Non-Lethal Weapons for Iraq prisons (2003-11-07)

Posted on November 7 2003 by admin

Defense Daily, By Ann Roosevelt IN BRIEF: Military police are using Taser International [TASR] M-26 tasers while guarding prisoners in Iraq, Timothy Lamb, assistant commandant at the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. said, to potentially stop prisoner escapes or prevent riots. There’s an increasing need for newer, more effective non-lethal weapons to […]