A senior military policeman in the DC region’s Department of Defense has questioned whether the National Guard had access to a military heat radiation mechanism that could have been used to disperse protesters outside the White House on June 1.
Documents obtained from whistleblower, May. Adam DeMarco of the DC National Guard, shows that the dean marshal of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region copied him in an email asking for a long-range acoustic device known as the LRAD as well as an active Denial System (ADS), NPR reported.
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ADS is a controversial device designed by the military 20 years ago that heats human skin when it comes in direct contact with it, causing people to immediately flee an area.
The mechanism was designed to disperse crowds or targets without the use of lethal force, NPR reported.
“ADS can give our troops a capability they do not currently have, the ability to reach out and engage potential adversaries at distances far beyond the reach of small arms and in a safe, effective and non-lethal manner,”
“The effect is overwhelming, leading to an immediate response from the targeted person,” the email allegedly added.
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DeMarco, which has sought whistleblower protection, said “the DC National Guard was in possession of neither an LRAD nor an ADS,” so none of them were used against protesters.
The email, to which DeMarco was copied, was sent the same day tear gas and smoke grenades were used on protesters near the White House before President Trump posed with a Bible outside St. Louis. Johns Episcopal Church on 16th Street, the area that has since been named Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The recent protests were not the first time government officials are considering using the ADS device outside of military use.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly proposed using the devices to deter migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border during a meeting with then-Secretary of the Interior Kirstjen Nielsen, The New York Times reported.
But Nielsen “would not approve of the use of such a device” and stressed that “it should never be brought up again in her presence,” an assistant said according to the Times.
Fox News could not immediately reach the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region for comment.