Israeli Police Can Now Use Snipers Against Teenagers Throwing Stones

by CARIMAH TOWNES – Israeli police can now use snipers to open fire on stone-throwing Palestinian and Bedouin youth in some parts of the country. While government officials say the snipers are non-lethal, the weapons have killed Palestinian children in the past. Police in Jerusalem and southern parts of Israel will now be equipped Ruger .22-caliber rifles to shoot at the stone throwers, who have recently targeted car passengers and houses. According to the policy shift, authorized by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, officers can only shoot if the stone throwers are endangering the lives of people in cars or houses. Police are only permitted to fire at targets’ legs, and officers are expected to participate in sharpshooting training at the National Police Academy. But even with those restrictions, the policy could lead to the deaths of more kids. In July, 17-year-old Mohammed Kasbeh, was shot and killed for throwing rocks...

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Magic Bullet Changes Direction Mid-flight to Hit Enemy Anywhere

By Henry Conrad, Gizmag – The United States Department of Defense just demonstrated one of the scariest weapons ever – a ‘magic bullet’ that can change trajectory in mid-flight on command and hit a target no matter what. Shots can be fired from as far as 1.2 miles, and snipers can remain hidden without risk of getting spotted. In fact, shots can be fired even without directly seeing the enemy. It’s truly a showmanship of technology, but one can only wonder what things DARPA would make if its energy was directed towards something other than killing people. We have the military to thank for things like the internet and GPS after all, but bullets and bombs have little use for civilians. The bullet, developed under the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, is crammed up with a slew of technologies including sensors, radio transmitters and receivers. The optical sensors at the...

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